The Fall season is a time of drastic transition for the skin. Several things happen that can make the change a relatively smooth one or one that causes damage to the skin.
Being the off season of extremes, Fall is a sort of prep time for the skin. The days go from (depending where you live) higher temperature based to being more moderate. The Sun rays are also less direct and so the level of protection needed may not be as important as the level of moisturization.
The transition to Fall means less humidity. The air becomes more arid and dry. The lack of moisture in the air means that it is necessary to watch hydration of the skin more carefully. A good example of hydrating the skin is moving away from lotions and more towards cremes. Cremes offer several advantages over lotions. Some believe that they are both one in the same. They are not. Cremes are moisture-intense than lotions. Depending on the creme used they can provide ample moisture to the skin while also providing a sealing-in effect. Lotions need to be applied several times a day during dry seasons. A creme provides longer protection. Those with oily skin, combination skin or skin easily prone to breakout may want to talk to a dermatologist about changing their skin care regiment.
More Lip Balm
With the dry air also comes dry lips. Cracked lips then become a major annoyance and can be very painful. Some people speak of a lip balm addiction. This is an addiction that you want to have. Most lip balms will work very well. Mentholated lip balms won’t provide added protection but can help in soothing the lips. There is also colored lip balm that provides a certain hue to the lips while also working its’ magic in preventing chap lips and keeping them moist. This is another highly recommended product.
No Vitamin A
It is said that the more Vitamin A, the better, that’s not necessarily true. Vitamin A for the skin helps, but during the fall is can be a hindrance. Vitamin A has a drying effect on the skin. Vitamin C is better during the season as it helps boost the immune system. Chapped skin and broken skin will heal just a bit faster with help from Vitamin C. It also helps during the cold and flu seasons.
Exfoliate, Pamper and Repeat
Exfoliate the skin at least once a week and maybe twice during the season. More can irritate depending on the type of skin that you have. You are literally sloughing off dead skin cells and sometimes healthy live ones, so it helps if you do it, but do it sparingly. Exfoliating is the key to radiant skin in the fall.
Sunscreen As Necessary
Just because it is the Fall doesn’t mean you put the sunscreen away. The Sun still comes out during the season and sometimes the Sun in combination with the dry air can cause for a difficult skin day. In such cases the best relief and protection is sunscreen. The heavy duty high numbered SPFs might be overkill, but the normal SPFs will do well for the season.
Hands Down (and wrapping up)
The hands still get a workout during the fall. This being the case, it would do well to keep some handcreme on the side specifically for the fall. Every time the hands are wash, apply the handcreme liberally. This will help prevent discoloration, cracked skin on the hand and helps against the signs of aging.
All these tips can really help give you the best skin for the Fall. It’s also essential to know your skin. Not every thing works for every skin. If you have combination skin on your face, you may want to go with a less aggressive skin regiment. Speak to your dermatologist first and foremost about using new products. Different chemicals react with different skin types in different ways. Your skin will be wonderful this season, if you take care of it!