Skin Care Tips For Fall

Every time that autumn arrives, many aspects of your life change.  The hours of daylight decrease, the temperature drops, and, while not quite as obvious, the needs of your skin change as well.

Fall is definitely a time of transition on the calendar.  It is also a time to treat your skin better and prepare for more severe weather-related changes in the winter.

With the change in weather, the air becomes drier, which has profound effects on the skin.  While you may not have needed to moisturize your skin at all during the summer due to higher humidity levels and sweat from activities, fall is the time to start to pay more attention to your skin’s hydration both internally and externally.

Here are some tips on how to prepare your skin for a healthy fall:

1.) Ditch the soap.  Washing your skin with traditional soaps during the fall can dry out your skin more than usual.  For staying clean without the soap, I will usually recommend a gentle, soap-free, and hydrating cleanser such as our Chamomile Facial Cleanser or Lavender Creamy Cleanser.

2.) Exfoliate at least once a week.  When the skin becomes more dry, old skin cells build up on the skin’s surface faster.  More piled-up dead skin cells give the skin a duller appearance and a rougher texture.

Exfoliation helps to remove these accumulated dead skin cells and allow newer skin cells to appear.  This process helps the skin look and feel better and healthier.

If your skin is exceptionally dry, you may need to exfoliate more than once a week.  Recommended products for exfoliation include Glycolic Gel and O2 Lift Mask.

3.) Use Thicker and Creamy Moisturizers.  You can get away with lighter lotions during the summer.  Starting in the fall, however, your facial skin in particular needs a stronger barrier to prevent moisture loss in outer layers.

The moisturizers best suited for autumn generally tend to be thick and creamy in texture, but do not leave a residue as they are absorbed.  I recommend Enriched Moisture Cream and AHA Marine Mositure Cream.

4.) Do Not Forget Your Hands.  Because of the dry air combined with increased frequency of hand washing, the skin on your hands often becomes scaly and cracked beginning in the fall.  Moisturize your hands after every hand washing to keep your hands soft and supple.

As with a lot of medical recommendations, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.  It is much harder to re-hydrate dry, scaly skin than it is to maintain skin moisture levels.

If you have any questions or product recommendations about your skin as you transition into the fall, please give us a call at (207) 873-2158.  Also, enjoy the beautiful weather while we have it!

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