Did you know that for most people fall is the most charming, most romantic time of the year?
Maybe it’s because of the warm flavors, scents and colors. Maybe because we’re already starting to look forward to the holiday season. Or because a sudden rush of cold breeze is making us think of snuggling against someone we love.
Either way, your skin can enjoy the fall, too, especially if you commit to taking good care of it. Right now, when the weather is not so hot to dehydrate your skin, and it’s still not as cold, harsh and drying as it will be soon, you only need a bit of time and a few well-chosen products to make your skin as happy and beautiful as it can get.
Here are the 7 most important fall skincare tips:
1. Try a gentler cleanser
During the summer, we need a bit stronger, foaming cleansers to remove all the excess oil. But now, when we don’t sweat near as much, it’s time to go back to gentler, less drying products.
Creamy face cleansers and body washes are perfect for fall. They clean your skin without disrupting much the skin’s barrier.
Gentle cleansers are giving your skin an opportunity to recover from the dehydrating summer conditions. They also prepare it for the upcoming cold, harsh months.
2. Keep exfoliating, but not as often
Scrub is a very important part of a skincare routine whose role is to remove off the skin everything that shouldn’t be there and to encourage the skin to renew itself. Regular exfoliation gets you rid of all the flaky, dry, harsh patches and dull looking skin.
But, as with cleansers, you need to use scrubs in moderation. Too harsh scrubs or exfoliating your skin more than 1 – 2 times a week can irritate and damage your skin, making it dry, harsh and super-sensitive.
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3. Replenish your skin
Summer really has its ways to leave our skin dull, greyish and dehydrated. The sun’s UV rays, the salt and chlorine, the excess sweating, the frequent parties and less sleeping… It all leaves a mark on your face.
Face serums are highly concentrated products that can help you replenish and restore your skin in no time. Especially try to find a quality face serum that is based either on hyaluronic acid (super hydrating, makes the skin plump and supple) or vitamin C (repairs the free radical damage and rejuvenates the skin).
4. You’ll need a thicker moisturizer
During the summer, a lot of us could get away with only lightweight face creams and gel moisturizers, but that is not the case anymore. For fall, you will need a thicker, richer (but still non-comedogenic) moisturizer, to supply your skin with all it needs and to prepare it for winter.
A good, quality moisturizer will repair and reinforce your skin’s natural protective barrier and improve its ability to retain the moisture. Look for moisturizers that contain rich, nourishing natural oils (coconut, sweet almond, avocado, macadamia) or natural butters (shea butter, cocoa butter).
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5. Lip balms and hand creams
The skin on your lips and the upper side of your hands is very sensitive, thin and fragile, more susceptible to damage. And, unlike most of our body, it is usually completely exposed to the crisp air and harsh wind.
And who likes rough hands and chapped lips?
That is why it is important to always carry in your bag a lip balm and a hand cream. That way, you can easily coat your lips and hands in a rich, protective, nourishing layer. And, to make sure you are using only high-quality products, you can even make your own DIY hand cream and DIY lip balm.
6. Keep using sunscreen
This is one of the most important fall skincare tips – just because the sun is not as hot and bright as it was during the summer, doesn’t mean its rays can’t damage your skin anymore. In fact, skin usually gets much more sun-damaged during the fall and winter months, simply because people stop wearing sunscreen!
No matter how cloudy it is outside, make sure to apply a sunscreen every single day and to reapply regularly. That way, you’ll preserve your skin’s youthful, healthy appearance for much, much longer.
7. Invest in a humidifier
One of the biggest challenges for your skin during the cold months is that the air suddenly gets very dry. And when there is no enough moisture in the air, your skin easily gets dry, cracked, dull and rough.
You can combat this simply by using a humidifier. A quality humidifier increases the level of moisture in the room, creating optimal conditions for your skin. That way, it keeps your skin plump, supple, youthful and well-hydrated all the way to the spring.