Saying goodbye to summer isn’t so bad. Think about it: are you going to miss the hot, sticky weather that makes you sweat profusely and cause rashes? Probably not. Now that the weather is cooler and fall has officially arrived, it’s time to start thinking about that after-summer skincare routine.
Fall is a great time for a skin reset. Just as it welcomes new makeup looks, it’s also a time to adjust the way you take care of your complexion. “As the weather changes, your routine should change too”, makeup artist Kirin bhatty Bustle said. “Now is a great time to update your skin care to adapt to skin care issues that appear. When the cold starts, the skin and lips tend to be drier around this time, especially with people who are hot at this time of year.
That doesn’t mean you have to completely overhaul your routine. Instead, you can make small adjustments to make sure your skin stays hydrated and healthy. Invest in a humidifier, avoid scolding hot showers, and stay diligent about your daily SPF – these fall skin care tips really are so easy to incorporate.
For complete ventilation, Bhatty, certified dermatologist Dr Mamina Turegano, certified dermatologist at Derma di Colore and co-founder of 4.5.6 Skin Dr Carlos Charles, and Certified Cosmetic Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon at the Shafer Clinic Dr Dendy Engelman shared their expert tips for a seamless transition from your summer skincare to something more fall appropriate.
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Don’t give up your sunscreen
You may be spending less time outdoors, but that doesn’t mean your sun protection should go into hibernation mode. It is important to stay covered every day. “I think it’s easy to forget about sunscreen when the weather changes, but the sun comes up every day, and so does UV exposure,” says Bhatty. “Incorporating a foundation that contains sunscreen is a practical way to protect yourself every day. I like Tower 28’s new tinted sunscreens for that same reason: you get a natural finish, SPF 30, and a clean formula that comes in a range of shades.
Invest in a humidifier
“During the colder months, there is less humidity in the air, which makes our skin dry up more quickly and makes it harder for the natural oils in our skin to protect us from the elements,” says Engelman. “In less than optimal humidity (which is 40-60%), the environment actually wicks moisture away from your skin. Using a humidifier keeps the air at an ideal humidity level and helps your body maintain a healthy skin barrier.
While Engelman says you can run your humidifier 24/7, it’s especially good to turn one on while you’re napping. “When we sleep, our skin switches from ‘protection mode’ (in which it is active during the day) to ‘personal care’ mode, in which the levels of melatonin and human growth hormone (HGH) increase and allow skin to rebuild, repair and recover from damage, ”she says.“ During this time, we are particularly vulnerable to the loss of moisture through our skin – a phenomenon called transepidermal water loss – and we cannot replenish it by drinking water or applying a product while we are sleeping. A humidifier is a great solution, she says, because it keeps humidity at an ideal level and helps maintain hydration and skin health, with no extra effort on you.
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Reach for extra hydration
If your face feels tight or feels dry after cleansing, consider switching to a different formula. “Cream-based cleansers tend to be ideal when we go into the fall,” Charles told Bustle. “Gel and foam based cleansers are generally intended to reduce sebum production and increase cell turnover which can be too drying out and remove much of the skin’s essential and innate protection as we enter. in the fall months, ”he says. “Opting for moisturizers and cleansers that contain ceramides can also help during this time of year. “
Charles also recommends going with a cream-based moisturizer rather than a lotion. “Cream-based moisturizers are heavier and therefore more effective at locking in the moisture content of the skin. Lotions are lighter with more water and less oil, while creams have more oil and less water.
Avoid very hot showers
Don’t neglect the skin under your chin. “Over the seasons, patients may experience flare-ups of conditions such as eczema and other problems associated with loss of moisture from the skin,” explains Charles. As incredible as super humid showers are, hot water can exacerbate dry skin. “You can start to counter these changes by taking a few simple initial steps, such as lowering the temperature of the water to lukewarm when you bathe, starting to choose more emollient soaps, and switching to stronger moisturizers. “
Exfoliation is a great way to boost your glow. “I recommend using a product with a weaker alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and starting only once or twice a week,” says Turegano. “If the skin tolerates it well after the first two weeks, I recommend using it every other night. If it’s okay to use it every other night for two weeks, then you can go every night.
Just be careful not to overdo it. “The biggest misconception about exfoliation is that you can actually physically exfoliate skin imperfections such as rough areas or areas of hyperpigmentation,” says Charles. “While this may be true to a small extent, people often exfoliate the skin excessively and end up doing more harm than good. Charles notes that this may be especially true in patients with melanin-rich skin. Excessive exfoliation can lead to inflammation and persistent hyperpigmentation. “In the fall and winter, it is especially important to be careful with the exfoliating routine to minimize any further damage to the innate protective barrier of the skin.”
Turegano says to be careful when using AHAs with other ingredients, like retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, or other acids (other AHAs or salicylic acid). One of her favorite exfoliators: “I’m a huge fan of philosophy microdistribution resurfacing solution, which contains only 4% AHA as well as hydrating and soothing ingredients like cica, peptides and hyaluronic acid.
Makeup artist Kirin Bhatty
Board-certified dermatologist, Dr Mamina Turegano
Certified dermatologist at Derma di Colore and co-founder of 4.5.6 Skin Dr. Carlos Charles
Certified Cosmetic Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon at Shafer Clinic Dr Dendy Engelman