Skincare Routine: How to Transition from Summer to Fall
As temperatures start to cool off and fall sets in, your skin needs to get acclimated. Just as the seasons change, so should your skincare routine. Your skin deserves some extra attention when transitioning to cooler weather. To guide you through, here are a few tips to ensure your skin is looking great during this seasonal change.
Skincare Routine Tips to Transition from Summer to Fall
Exfoliating is necessary to remove dry, dead skin cells that are making your skin look dull. Exfoliating also stimulates blood circulation which makes your skin look rosy and radiant. Try and exfoliate once per week – no more!
Switch to a Mild Cleanser
Since your skin produces less oils in the fall and winter, choosing a non-drying, sulfate free, mild cleanser is important to ensure you don’t strip away your skin’s natural lipid (oil) barrier.
Also, if you wash your face more than once per day, reduce the frequency to avoid further drying out your skin. Washing your face before bed is optimal as you will also remove any makeup you’ve worn during the day.
Use Alcohol-Free Toner
Many face toners contain alcohol, which is detrimental to your skin. Always opt for an alcohol-free toner to avoid further drying out your skin!
Switch to a Thick Face Cream
Fall is the perfect time to switch to a heavier face cream. Choose one that contains a natural source of ceramides such as jojoba oil. Ceramides create a waterproof barrier on the outer layer of your skin and prevent moisture loss.
Add Face Oils to Your Routine
Just as you would layer sweaters in the fall and winter, your skin needs multiple layers of protection from the cold and dry climate. Apply a nourishing face oil on top of your favorite moisturizer. This will seal in moisture and will further prevent transepidermal water loss.
Continue Using SPF
Just because it’s no longer summertime, doesn’t mean you should stop using SPF. In fact, UVA rays, the ones responsible for skin cancer, are just as strong in the cooler months as they are in the summer. Always, always use sun block.
Drink plenty of water so that your skin remains constantly hydrated.
Take Warm Showers
Avoid taking hot showers!! Yes, hot showers feel nice, but they also strip your skin of its natural oils and cause it to become dry.
- Use lukewarm water
- Keep it short
- Pat your skin dry (rather than rubbing aggressively)
- Moisturize immediately afterward to seal in moisture
Turn on Your Humidifier
If the indoor air is dry due to the indoor heating system in your house, definitely consider turning on your humidifier. This will help prevent your skin from becoming excessively dry.