Your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that needs changing when summer turns to autumn. Believe it or not, your skin’s needs change as well. From transitioning to a thicker moisturizer to reducing the number of times you exfoliate during the week, here are five must-know tips to prepare your skin for fall.
Swap Out Your Facial Routine
As summer fades to autumn, the moisture in the air tends to dissipate. Ensure your skin stays hydrated by exchanging your light and airy moisturizer for a thicker lotion or cream. In addition, be careful not to over-cleanse your skin, use hot water, or accidentally make other facial cleansing mistakes. Your skin is already adapting to the change in seasons—you don’t want to put it through additional stress.
Start Using Body Lotion
While summer’s humidity helped your skin retain its moisture, fall’s drier air dehydrates your skin and can make it itchy, red, and irritated. Replenish your skin’s moisture by applying body lotion.
Change Exfoliation Strategies
When preparing your skin for fall, reduce the number of times you exfoliate during the week. Exfoliation can cause your skin to dry out. When you do exfoliate, be sure to follow up with a generous slathering of lotion.
Invest in a Humidifier
The humidity may be gone outside, but that doesn’t have to be true inside. Restore healthy indoor moisture levels to combat the dry air from your HVAC unit. Place your humidifier next to your bed to soak in the humidity at night and soothe your skin.
Drink More Water
Another must-know tip to prepare your skin for fall is restoring your body’s water levels. Take care to hydrate your skin by drinking the correct amount of water your body needs to thrive. To determine how much water you should be drinking, take your body weight (in pounds) and divide it in half. That number, in ounces, is the perfect amount of water you should be ingesting each day. When you’re properly hydrated, you’ll feel better and notice that your skin is healthier, brighter, and more supple.