How to Update Your Skincare Regimen for Fall

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woman enjoying the fall weather

As the leaves begin to change and the air becomes crisp, it’s time to start thinking about how to update your skincare regimen for fall.

Your skin’s needs change with the seasons.  Moving from summer’s heat, humidity and sun exposure to fall’s freshness demands giving your current skincare routine a think.  With different weather conditions come different imperatives for caring for your skin to keep it looking its best.

Let’s talk about some strategies for maintaining your skin as the seasons change.

Switch Up Your Moisturizer

That crisp air we were just talking about is also dry.  That means changing to a moisturizer which reflects this shift in humidity.

When the air is dry, your skin can follow suit, so protecting it with a rich moisturizing agent is crucial.  Gel-based products are great for this, as they won’t clog pores, while delivering a hydrating punch.

If you’ve been a bit over zealous with your sun exposure, it may be a good idea to repair some of the damage with a product to address hyperpigmentation, also.

Exfoliation

While it may seem counter intuitive to scrub your skin, that’s not the case.  Gentle exfoliation has the effect of brightening your skin but it also prepares it for treatment serums and moisturizing by clearing away dead skin cells, oil and ambient dirt.

Exfoliating twice a week will keep your skin looking its best, especially if you follow up with a gentle cleanser.

Don’t Forget Your Lips!

Drier air means drier skin but it also means drier lips.  Using a good lip balm in the fall and winter is a great habit to get into for this reason.

Choose a product with a lanoline base to keep lips silky smooth.  But did you know that exfoliating your lips can also help?  Use a soft bristle toothbrush prior to applying lip balm to exfoliate dead skin.

PRO-TIP:  Wearing lipstick is an edge that women have over men in the realm of keeping lifts soft and supple and it’s also a highly effective sunblock.

Hydration

In the cold months, people tend to forget how important water intake is for their skin.  Just because the seasons have changed doesn’t mean to say your body doesn’t need water.

Don’t scrimp on your water consumption.  Continue drinking at least 8 large glasses of this wonderful stuff every day.  Not only will your skin glow, you’ll be doing your internal organs, skeletal system and weight regulation a tremendous favor.

Hands and Body

Just because you’ve busted out the leggings and woolly scarves to cover the better part of your body, you can’t forget to treat your hands and body to fall skincare.

Even if you’re wearing more clothes, the dry air can still affect your skin.  Following every bath or shower, be sure to apply a rich body lotion while your skin is still damp.  This serves to hold in moisture and protect your skin from dryness and cold.

Ethos Spa, Skin and Laser Center is your source for leading-edge medical cosmetics.  Contact us for a consultation.

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