Pumpkin Spice lattes, pumpkin picking, and fall foliage have arrived and are around the corner of being in the past. If you have visited a local store lately, you will see that they have already begun to sell Christmas décor and even skipped the Thanksgiving holiday. There is a lot to get excited about for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, but as we transition from autumn and the weather changes, the way our skin reacts to the new temperatures changes too. My personal experience is that there’s often more humidity during the summer to help moisture stay in the skin and protect its barrier, even though I sometimes have random dryness around my lips. In the cooler months, the air gets drier outside, and we begin to turn on the heaters, causing our skin to lose moisture and causing increased sensitivity, dryness, and irritation.
After moving to New York from sunny South Florida, I began to suffer from severe dryness, which caused me to focus on my skincare. As a result, I began to change my skincare routine for the fall. Here are a few skincare tweaks you can make to fortify against the cooler temps and drier air.
For Super-Sensitive Skin, Hydrate with Elastin, Collagen, or Aloe
In the last seven years, my skin has begun to become sensitive. I started to develop conditions like eczema, which would leave my skin with a burning sensation during the transition of seasons. The best thing I can recommend is to hydrate and coat your skin with essential oils, serums, and creams. In addition, nourish your skin with elastin and collagen to aid recovery. You can even incorporate Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides into your daily routine – a powder you can incorporate into your drinks.
Switch to a Thicker Moisturizer
In preparation for the cold days and heavy winds that come with the Fall season, I tend to switch to a thicker moisturizer before bedtime. In addition, I suggest compensating for the change by adding more moisture to the skin and helping retain it.
Use a Lip Moisturizer and Add Eye Cream
If you are like me and waited until your 40’s to add these two things to your skincare regimen. The last thing you will want is cracked lips; you’re under eyes to appear dry and exhausted.
Don’t Use Exfoliants and Retinoids as Frequently
Decrease the use of exfoliants and retinoids; they will cause your skin to become drier.
Continue Using Sunscreen
You might think the sun goes away during the Fall and Winter seasons, and you might not need to worry about the UV radiation; believe it or not, through the snow and on a cloudy day, the UV is still present throughout all four seasons.
Add Vitamin C To Your Regimen
Vitamin C will brighten and balance your skin’s pigmentation, which helps to boost collagen production resulting in a brighter complexion.
Add a Humidifier
Humidifiers have come a long way. However, they are not used for the days when you have a simple cold. Humidifiers add moisture to the air; the more moisture in the air, the more moisture it’ll share with your skin.