It seems we hear a lot about skin care in the winter and in the summer... but not so much in the spring or fall. I suppose this makes sense, since the elements can be most harsh during the summer and winter months. What doesn't make sense, however, is why we don't place a bit more importance on skin during those strange "in-between" months of spring and fall, when the weather and humidity changes constantly, sunlight and wind are unpredictable at best, and many people are busy focusing on more important things... like football. Or taxes.
Since Autumn has finally descended upon us, and that can mean some crazy things for your skin. To make it quick and easy, we've broken down the most important skin care tips for fall into four basic steps. Keep these in mind, and your skin will look and feel its best throughout the season!
Hydration. Hydration is different from moisture. When we say hydration, we mean water coming from within. Or in other words- Drink Water! According to the experts, you need at least 8 glasses of water per day, and most recommend even more. Water keeps your entire body functioning properly. It performs a variety of functions inside your body, and it is also super-important for the outside of your body as well. It doesn't matter how much lotion or moisturizer you slather onto the outside of your skin... if you're not drinking enough water, your skin will look and feel dry, red, and rough, and it will have a difficult time holding onto that product you are slathering on. Ever felt like you are putting lotion on every five seconds?! Drink more water.
Exfoliation. The most common and yet most overlooked skin issue in the fall is the build-up of dead skin cells. Skin cells die off all the time, every day, and they are sloughed off all the time as well. But did you know that in the fall, your skin tends to try to hold onto these dead skin cells a little longer? The problem with this is that you end up with a thicker layer of dead cells, which can cause your skin to appear dry and to feel rough. It may also lead to breakouts or even blackheads. The best way to avoid this (or to fix it) is exfoliation. Find a good exfoliating product (some are physical, with tiny grains, others are chemical, using acids, and others combine both,) and use it at least once per week. Once per week is typically recommended for any time of year, so in the fall you may find it best to exfoliate twice per week. Your skin will feel like satin.
Moisturize. Here we are. The skin care tip you've heard a gazillion times. When we say moisturize, we are talking about the moisture and moisturizing products you apply onto the surface of the skin. This includes moisturizers, lotions, creams, etc. If you don't feel your product(s) is helping your skin, or that you need something stronger or lighter or just different, never be afraid to ask a professional for help and advice. There are hundreds of fantastic products out there that are all different, and all work differently on each individual's skin. Find what works for you, and don't forget that in the fall, you may need to adjust, add to, or make changes to what you're using to keep your skin healthy through the weird Autumn months.
Protection. Finally, protect your skin. In the fall, this doesn't just mean from the sun. You may be dealing with wind, rain, humidity changes, extreme temperatures and temperature changes, and maybe even snow. Protect your skin with clothing, hats, scarves, etc., from those elements when they are there. And as always, protect your skin from the sun with decent SPF in your products. There is nothing that will cause more damage to your skin, both short- and long-term, than the sun.