Fall is the season of cozy sweaters, Halloween candy, and pumpkin spice lattes. Fall also means chilly temperatures, however, which can wreak havoc on the skin. If the lowered temperatures leave you feeling dry, itchy, and flaky, keep reading to learn how to prepare your skin for autumn.
If your skin needs extra hydration, turn to a product with hyaluronic acid. This ingredients pulls water from the deepest layers of the skin to replenish the surface layers, leaving the facial skin looking plump, radiant, and truly moisturized. Hyaluronic acid is lightweight and never greasy, so it’s ideal for people with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
The lips are often the first place to be affected by the change in weather. To make sure your lips aren’t dry or cracked, regularly apply a non-waxy, emollient balm. Look for lip balms with hydrating ingredients, like oils and petrolatum. Skip balms that contain ingredients that actually irritate the lips, like menthol or peppermint.
Don’t Skip the Sunscreen
As the days shorten, it can be tempting to ditch the daily sunscreen application. But protecting your skin is a year round job, and you should continue to use a product that contains SPF 30 or more every morning. If your skin is drier in the fall, try swapping your summertime SPF for a hydrating moisturizer with added sun protection.
Make Bedtime Count
If you’re prone to dryness, you need to hydrate while you sleep. If you’ve been using a lightweight moisturizer at night, try using something more nourishing. Look for a thick cream that includes nourishing ingredients such as jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C and E. A good overnight cream will replenish your skin while you sleep, and you’ll wake up to supple, radiant skin. At night, you can also apply a replenishing facial oil. Try a skin-friendly oil like squalene, argan, or jojoba, which will hydrate the skin without causing congestion.
While layering moisturizing products is key to healthy skin in the colder months, you shouldn’t forget to exfoliate. Exfoliation helps to remove the dead skin cells that can clog pores or dull the complexion. Skip manual exfoliating products like scrubs, as they can be too harsh on the skin. Instead, use chemical exfoliating products that contain ingredients like salicylic acid and glycolic acid. They will remove dead skin cells from the outer surface of the skin, revealing a younger-looking, brighter complexion.