Fall is a beautiful time, as leaves change colors and the temperature shifts toward hats and blankets. But just as leaves dry and fall from trees, the temperature and change in season is having the same effect on your skin – drying it and leaving it itchy and scratchy. It’s time to rethink your skincare routine, by watching how your skin reacts to the season, tracking how it looks and feels throughout the day, and adjusting your routine to meet your specific needs.
Why does skin change in the fall months?
Your skin has a unique relationship with the climate. As winter months approach, the air gets cooler and dryer, causing surprising drying and chaffing if you aren’t prepared. Heaters take over where the dry weather leaves off, causing increased dryness, itchiness and irritation. Experts suggest adjusting your skincare routine to keep your skin healthy and hydrated, even though dry and cooler months.
Diet and Skincare
If the climate has a close personal relationship with skin, diet is its spouse. What you eat has everything to do with the look and feel of your skin, and body in general. Some diets are medically proven more effective than others, while some diets are used to pinpoint problem areas. For example, a diet high in vitamin C will help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and lessen the effects of sun on skin. Some new dieters complain of flu-like SIBO symptoms, as toxins die off in their body and the healthy diet takes over. These symptoms last hours or, at most, days, and will fade quickly, leaving you feeling more energized than ever.
Tips to protect your skin during the fall season
Let’s explore a few tips you can adopt this fall season, to protect your skin and keep it looking great, year-long.
- Hydrate with elastin, collagen, or aloe
Many people feel their skin getting more sensitive when seasons change, making it vital that you protect your skin with essential oils, vitamins and hydration. Try adding in a product rich in elastin or collagen, to help your skin recover, and use aloe or thick moisturizing creams for an added layer of moisture.
- Switch to a thicker moisturizer
Speaking of moisturizer, in summer months we tend to use lighter moisturizers, to avoid trapping sweat or feeling greasy. In the winter, feel free to thicken up your lotions, which will continue to moisturize under your long sleeves and coats.
Your eyes are incredibly sensitive to changes in the seasons, and benefit greatly from a bit of hydration. Switch up your eye cream for something extra moisturizing this season, for less dry, itchy eyes in the winter months.
Your lips are susceptible to chapping and drying quickly, and a cool, brisk wind often causes pain to lips in winter or cold months. Start carrying a lip moisturizer this fall, and apply often to maintain lip moisture levels and your own comfort levels.
Exfoliating is great during summer months, to rid your skin of a build-up of dead skin cells. But in the winter, you need the extra protection your body naturally offers. Cut back on exfoliating by eliminating products with retinoids or glycolic acids during colder months.
- Add vitamin C to your regimen
Products rich in vitamin C are great for blocking harmful sun that isn’t blocked by sunscreen, but it also helps boost collagen production, resulting in a brighter complexion. Look into adding vitamin C-rich products to your fall skincare routine for a more even and vibrant skin-tone.
- Reduce the appearance of pore size
The larger your pores are, the more susceptible your skin is to irritants and damage. Reducing pore size is both a slight option, and offers a more even and uniform skin-tone. Use a purifying mud mask to clean out and reduce the size of your pores this season, and watch the changes in just days.
- Check your skincare products ingredients
Take a moment to check the ingredients on the back of your skincare products, to ensure you are getting the nutrients you need. There are many natural and fall-fun ingredients you can use, like pumpkin enzymes, that work to brighten dull skin, or pomegranate seed oil, that removes dirt and oil from skin, while brightening it.
When we feel good, we look good, and our skin is often the first thing people see when they meet us. Practice some self-care this fall, by focusing on making yourself and your skin as beautiful and vibrant as possible, by trying out some fun new products for the holidays!