As the leaves continue to fall and the cold air rushes in, the lazy, hazy days of summer are beginning to feel like a distant memory. The seasons are changing and that means it’s time to change your skincare routine. In this month’s Secondwind blog, we share five fall skin care tips that will help you look and feel your best all season long.
Why should you change your skincare routine in the fall?
Your skin is directly exposed to the environment every single day. Thus, it is more affected by environmental changes than any other organ in your body. And each season presents different challenges for your skin:
During the summer months, when the air tends to be more humid, your skin will appear softer and fuller. However, higher temperatures mean more sweating, which can lead to clogged pores. We also need to take measures to protect our skin from too much exposure to the sun, which can accelerate the appearance of aging. During fall and winter, the air is dryer, which can dehydrate your skin, making your fine lines and wrinkles more visible. And believe it or not, breakouts can actually increase during the fall season, when the cooler air creates layers of dead skin cell buildup. This buildup traps oil and bacteria beneath the skin, leading to an increase in breakouts. By following these fall skin care tips
Small skin care changes can make a big difference.
Don’t worry–you don’t need to overhaul your entire skincare routine! Just a few tweaks will help you reduce dryness, avoid breakouts, and love the skin you’re in. As you follow these tips, listen to what your skin is telling you, and make adjustments as needed. For example, is your skin feeling tight and dry after washing? Are you seeing excess oil on relatively warmer days? Try these five fall skin care tips to keep your skin healthy and beautiful this fall and winter:
1. Swap out your cleanser.
According to industry experts, one of the most important things you can do to care for your skin during the fall is to change your cleansing routine. Swap out your deep cleaning or clarifying wash for something a little more gentle. Consider using a non-drying, sulfate-free gel cleanser in the morning, and a lightweight, lotion-based cleanser at night.
2. Remember the toner.
If you’re not using an alcohol-free toner after washing your face, you should be. It’s a great way to calm your skin and help it resist moisture loss.
3. Bring on the moisturizer.
Because your skin tends to produce less oil in the cold weather months, you should step up your moisturizer. If you’re using a gel moisturizer, consider switching to a heavier lotion. If you’re using a cream, consider changing to something with a thicker consistency. Ceramides or lipid-rich oils are your best bet. This will help you avoid moisture loss during cold and windy days.
4. Put on a (hydrating) mask.
The dry air of fall and winter can be brutal on your skin. Even if you change your moisturizer, it might not be enough. Consider using a weekly hydrating mask. A mask with coconut oil or honey, which is a natural humectant, will help nourish and soften your skin. Consider making your own hydrating mask, using wholesome, nourishing ingredients like avocados, mashed bananas, yogurt, honey, or oatmeal. Mix together and leave on for approximately 15 minutes.
5. Exfoliate . . . but not too much!
Exfoliating with a well-formulated facial scrub helps renew your complexion by removing dull, dry skin. It also helps reduce breakouts since dead skin cells can trap excess oil. Just be careful not to over-exfoliate and dry out your skin. Exfoliating once or twice a week during the cold weather months is probably enough.
Water and Your Skin
If you’ve followed these fall skin care tips and find that your skin is still irritated and dry, you could have a hard water problem. (Nearly 85% of all U.S. homes do.) Hard water can wreak havoc on your skin. Mineral buildup in your water makes it difficult for your soap to properly lather and dissolve. When the soap residue is left behind on your skin, it clogs your pores, making your skin irritated, flaky, and dry. If you have psoriasis, eczema, or other skin issues, hard water can be especially irritating, leading to more frequent and severe outbreaks. If you suspect you have a hard water problem, contact the Secondwind Water Systems team, and we’ll give you a free water analysis.