With the arrival of the fall, the scorching summer heat has turned a bit mild. But that doesn’t mean your skincare regimen concerns are going to vanish. The fact is every season has its pros and cons, and your skin is too sensitive to ignore this. Thus the change of season should be accompanied by the switching up your skincare routine, too.
Your skin is a highly sensitive organ, reacts to the changes in the season. That’s why you also need to tweak your skincare routine with necessary changes.
During summer, the sun’s UV rays cause tanning, burning, and other skin damage, which is why shine control and sun protection remains a top priority. But as the weather changes, your skin needs more moisture. Turns out, the distinctive cool crispiness of the autumn season is because of the dry air.
This dry air supplies your skin with less ambient hydration, and on breezy days, it can even carry away moisture from the surface of your skin. Therefore, it is important to make a smooth transition in your skincare routine for maintaining hydrated, healthy, and radiant skin into the cooler months.
Here are 5 highly effective skin care tips when summer is replaced by fall:
1- Time to change your cleanser
Back in the summer days, gel and foaming cleansers proved their effectiveness in terms of deep cleaning. But the arid and dry air of the fall months takes the suppleness of your skin away, which means you need to add more cream to your cleanser. Also with the drop in mercury column, your skin produces fewer oils that are useful for your skin. So which cleanser would be best for your skin now?
Well, cleansers with more hydrating abilities will provide you with much-needed moisture. You should use a non-drying, sulfate-free, creamier cleanser in the morning and day, while a lightweight, lotion-based cleanser at night will give you desired results. The gel will offer a deep pore cleansing, while a milder cleansing lotion will more effectively dissolve makeup.
2- You need more moisture
Moisture is the primary component that takes a beating in fall as well as colder months. So a change in weather means it’s time to change your moisturizer, too. Rather than a light summer lotion, a more soothing cream will protect your skin from becoming rough and dry. It is important to apply something heavier to prevent moisture loss.
Replace gel moisturizers with lotions like skin recovery creams; oil-free lotions should be replaced by lotions that provide more hydration. Consistency creams with ceramides or lipid-rich oils would be a good addition to your skincare regimen. Also, switching to a more deeply penetrating moisturizer at night will prevent your skin from developing dry patches.
Don’t forget the eye area. This delicate skin also requires more moisture.
3- Continue to take sun protection
Although the intensity of sunrays lessens from fall days onwards, that doesn’t mean UV radiation will not damage your skin. You still need protection from the sun in the fall. There are two types of UV rays – UVA and UVB. UVB rays are responsible for tans and burns, but are not that strong during the fall; but UVA rays that cause skin cancer, have the same intensity. For that, choose a physical sunscreen containing finely milled titanium oxide for everyday wear in the fall.
Therefore, as per the recommendations of Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you need to apply a sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 and higher all year long. Another undesirable effect caused by sunrays on your skin is premature aging.
The appearance of wrinkles shows the profound impacts of aging of the skin. If unfortunately your skin has been damaged beyond repair, you can still opt for laser skin resurfacing to reduce facial wrinkles and irregularities.
Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface. While entering the fall, the reminiscence of summer sun shows on your skin. So you need to exfoliate more often because it is the best way to minimize the appearance of dark spots while smoothening out your skin tone. It is also important to repair and brighten your complexion.
The exfoliating products that you choose should be easy on your dry skin to help it retain its moisture. For example, oil-based scrubs are good for the fall as they gently remove old skin cells without stripping the skin off its moisture. You can schedule an exfoliating facial or a full body scrub that removes summer’s marks on your skin.
5- Add a serum
With the arrival of the fall, you need a hydration boost to your skin, which is where serum comes in and play its part. Serums act as an essential skincare component for a beautiful, healthy, and glowing skin. Thinner than moisturizers, serums can deeply penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver a high concentration of active ingredients that combine antioxidants, vitamins, and moisturizing agents.
The active ingredients include ceramides, glycerin, natural ingredients (cucumber, Aloe Vera etc.) and vitamins like C, K, E. All of these ingredients help restore moisture and elasticity to your skin while regulating excess oil production. They not only reduce wrinkles and fine lines but also make brown pigmentation spots fade away. A serum is not intended to replace your daily moisturizer, but rather supplement it.
Your skin is a highly sensitive organ, reacts to the changes in the season. That’s why you also need to tweak your skincare regimen with necessary changes. But when it comes to products and practices, bringing a drastic change could be counterproductive because your skin will need time to adapt. Thus make a gradual change in your approach instead.
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement. We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and at the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
1. Think about what have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re not talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
I believe that accepting not being a perfect person is the beginning of becoming one. Life continues to throw opportunities at us to learn from our mistakes in order to better ourselves. I have my own share of hardships and successes and I am happy that I am on a learning curve and improving myself.
2. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
Earlier I used to have intermittent bouts of anger and frustration with regards to my work and relationships, but gradually I started to overcome my insecurities and inhibitions. The fact that I know I have many weaknesses yet have the ability to make things better – is the biggest appreciation I have for myself.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.
My individuality and my attitude are the keys to unlock my own true potential to achieve something bigger in life. I think this is my most rewarding and enduring achievement.
4. Of course, we all have imperfections, or so we think. In truth, we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? Likewise, what imperfections and quirks create who you are—your Identity?
I agree that we all have imperfections, but the most interesting aspect of this is there is a perfect world out there; that is even if we are imperfect, we know to align ourselves perfectly to make the world a perfect place.
I am not the person that manages time effectively, do things correctly all the time so on and so forth. I am also not the person who stayed ahead of her classmates as well as colleagues, yet I always came up with solutions and answers that worked. So yes, this oddity is what defines me.
5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to appreciate and express all the positive traits that make you…well…YOU! In fact, sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (We assure you!) Therefore, Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my individuality. I love my storytelling. I love my desire to touch people’s heart through my writing.