9 Essential Skincare Tips for Fall
1. Hydrate From the Inside Out
The weather in the fall can be quite unpredictable, from cool breezes to rain and sunshine, one thing remain certain- your skin needs as much moisture as it can get as summer fades into fall.
As the temperature and humidity levels gradually decrease, so does your skin’s moisture content. This can lead to dryness. As your skin gets drier and drier, it creates excess sebum to compensate. This can then lead to breakouts.
Avoid this and maintain that summer glow by hydrating your skin from the inside out. This means drinking more water, consuming foods that are hydrating, investing in a humidifier, and using hydrating serums and moisturizers. Look for humectant ingredients that attract water such as include Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin.
2. Swap Light Moisturizers for Thick Creams
In the summer, less is more when it comes to your moisturizer. Being the most humid season, the air has more moisture to keep skin dewy and glowing. As the fall months approach, it’s time to upgrade to a thicker cream that offers hydration but also acts as a barrier between skin and the surrounding environment.
Choose creams with emollient and occlusive ingredients as they soften the skin, making it less prone to dryness and roughness. Examples of natural emollients include shea butter which you can find in our Ultra Nourishing Body Butter.
3. Stay on Top of SPF
One common misconception is that sunscreen is only needed in the summer. The truth is you should apply SPF products any time you will be outside. Even when it is windy, snowy, and rainy, you still need SPF since the sunlight penetrates through the cloudy sky and reflects off water. This will prevent sunburns and free radical damage that accelerates skin aging.
4. Cool It on the Exfoliators
During the fall months when the skin is already experiencing a lot of changes, it might be time to reduce your usage of chemical exfoliators and other strong active ingredients.
This is the time to give your skin a break from intense treatments and focus on moisturizing and protecting. You can continue using a gentle exfoliator 1-2 times per week, but avoid over-exfoliating.
5. Lips Need Love, Too
One of the first skin-related symptoms many people experience when the seasons change is chapped lips. Prevent dry, cracked lips by taking care of your lips sooner rather than later. Keep a lip balm in your purse or pocket at all times and apply throughout the day. Not only will this hydrate your lips, but many lip balms contain protective ingredients that form a seal on the lips. This will come in handy on cool, dry, and windy fall days.
6. Body Care is a Must
Skincare routines often revolve around the face, but don’t forget about body care. When the warm summer days turn into chilly fall days, it’s probably time to grab a body lotion. The best time to apply body moisturizer is right when you get out of the shower. Even when your skin is still damp, apply a generous amount of body lotion on your skin. This will help seal in that water, so you won’t suffer from dry hands, elbows, knees, and feet in the fall.
7. Avoid Skin-Stripping and Irritating Ingredients
People with sensitive skin, reactive skin, and skin conditions like eczema often complain of irritation and flare-ups as summer transitions into fall.The last thing you want to do to your skin during fall is to apply skin-stripping ingredients. These will strip your skin of any remaining moisture, increasing susceptibility to dryness and dehydration. Avoid irritating ingredients that strip the skin, such as fragrance, alcohol, strong acids, sulfates, and essential oils. Looking for products that are suitable for sensitive skin is a good way to avoid skin-stripping ingredients.
8. Use a Hydrating Cleanser
A good cleanser should wash away the buildup of dirt, excess oil, and even dead skin cells. During the cooler months in the fall, you don’t want to get rid of all of your skin’s natural oils. Those help keep skin moisturized.
If your cleanser leaves your skin feeling tight, dry, and itchy, it may work too well. Look for a cleanser that’s gentle yet hydrating. Avoid foaming cleansers as they tend to be drying. Instead, opt for a cream cleanser or an oil-based cleanser for a boost of hydration at the start of your fall skincare routine.
9. Say Yes to Facial Oils
Facial oils can leave your skin feeling too greasy and heavy in the summer, but here’s your reminder to incorporate them in the fall. This is a great way to restore moisture balance during otherwise dry months. Some facial oils that are perfect for the fall are Jojojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil, Argan Oil, and Baobab Seed Oil. These oils are rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and highly moisturizing.
Our Huile de Jour is a great multi-purpose option to incorporate into your fall regimen.