Summer is almost over and fall is arriving. Gone are the days of unbearable heat, excessive sunscreen application and saltwater hair. It is time to switch out the light moisturizers and SPF100 for a more hydrating skincare routine this fall.
As the temperatures drop our skin begins to lose the moisture it maintained throughout the summer. As a result, it can become dry and irritated. Therefore, your fall skincare regimen should focus on both exfoliation and hydration. Incorporating these two daily activities will allow your skin to repair itself and survive even the chilliest temperatures.
Avoid a Soap-Based Cleanser
As wonderful as soaps may smell, they will dry the skin out. Instead, use a cleanser that is soap-free and gel or cream-based. Soap-based cleansers tend to wash away all oil with water, including the oils that are good for our face.
If your face tends to be extra dry in colder temperatures, try out a cleansing oil. Cleansing oils may sound scary, but in reality, they use the good oils in your skin to remove the bad ones. After they are massaged into the skin, cleansing oils bind to dirt, oil and impurities. They are then rinsed away and you are left with clean, moisturized and soft skin.
Exfoliation is Key
Exfoliation should be a part of your skincare routine year-round. However, its significance is even greater during the chillier months. After a summer spent in the pool, ocean and sun, your skin may have been left dry and flaky. Solve this problem easily by incorporating a good exfoliator in your weekly routine. If you have sensitive skin, stick to exfoliating two to three times a week. If your skin is not sensitive, feel free to exfoliate every other day.
Exfoliation gently removes the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, allowing fresh, new ones to emerge. This prevents the clogging of pores, which often leads to acne. It also results in a brighter, clearer complexion. Exfoliating also allows for other products, such as serum and moisturizer, to better penetrate your skin.
Do not be scared to exfoliate your entire body. Using a dry brush every other day before showering works wonders in getting rid of dead skin cells. Start from your feet and work your way up your body.
Never Forget to Moisturize
Once you have cleansed and exfoliated, do not forget to cap it off with a good moisturizer. If your skin is oily, stick with serums or oil-based moisturizers, like coconut or rosehip oil. If you have drier skin, use a thicker moisturizer like a cream. Creams offer a stronger oily barrier, which results in less water loss and more hydration.
Just because the temperatures are lower and the clouds are out does not mean you can skip the sunscreen. SPF should be applied year-round, no matter the weather. Use an SPF of at least 30 underneath your makeup, after you have cleansed and moisturized. Although many foundations contain SPF, it is better to apply a separate sunscreen beforehand. The amount of sunscreen you need to protect your face is far more than the amount of foundation you use. Apply about a quarter-size amount of SPF to your face every morning.
Fall is a one of the best times of year. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold, the sun is still shining and comforting foods are far and wide. Transferring your skincare routine from summer to fall is vital to a healthy, bright complexion these autumn months.
If you have any questions about maintaining your skin’s healthy appearance, come see us at Elias Dermatology. Our caring, highly-professional, and expert staff will assist in any way they can. Call us today at 954-771-0582.