As Fall quickly sinks in, we continue to soak up the last few rays of sunshine. Before you know it, leaves will be falling and we will be adding on the layers. Just as our wardrobe changes, so does our skincare routine. Gone are the days of long, hot sun, as October ushers in crisp air and dropping temperatures. To ensure that your skin looks and feels its best, follow these quick skincare tips and enjoy the season!
With crisp air comes drier air. While we love the changing of the seasons, it’s not always easy on our skin. Transitioning from a lighter-based moisturizer to a more emollient cream protects your skin from drier conditions. Not only will you want to invest in a more substantial cream, but you’ll want to replace your body wash as well. Aim for a moisture-rich foaming wash, and be sure to moisturize soon after exiting the shower to give your skin the most protection from dry air. Bonus tip: keep a small travel sized bottle of moisturizer in your bag or by your desk at work to keep your hands feeling smooth.
Dry air doesn’t just impact your skin; it greatly impacts your lips as well. To prevent cracked or chapped lips, start moisturizing your lips now, as this will help as the weather continues to get colder. Purchasing a non-petroleum based lip balm is a great idea to protect your lips from painful cracking. In addition to investing in a good lip balm, you may want to consider setting up a humidifier in your bedroom. This will help to hydrate the air and make it less dry, and benefits not just your lips but also your skin in general.
Exfoliating is a great way to get rid of your dead layer of skin so that you feel smooth and refreshed. Finding a face scrub that also exfoliates will dramatically improve your skin care routine and give you a glow in the colder months. When it comes to exfoliating your body, look for an oil-based scrub, as this will also help you stay hydrated. Bonus tip: Remember to exfoliate your feet! Your heels are prone to serious skin cracking, so to avoid this, start now and pay special attention to the backs of your heels.
Summer might be over, but the sun isn’t going anywhere. Every day, your hands are exposed to the sun whenever you step outside, whether it be to walk to work or go to the supermarket. Effects from the sun cause premature aging, sun spots, and wrinkles. You don’t need to lather on SPF 100 sunscreen, but use a moisturizer that includes SPF 15 as the minimum. This will protect your skin, hydrate you, and keep you wrinkle-free in the long run.
As Summer comes to an end, weekends become shorter and we have less opportunities for rest. Now that you are back in the full swing of things and adhering to a stricter routine, it is important to make time for sleep. Ignoring your body when it is tired will make you feel and look tired. Added stress will not benefit your skin, and will result in more rapid aging that will show on your face and hands.
Taking advantage of these tips before the weather starts to change will get you into a routine so that you are better prepared when the temperature drops.