Much like how your wardrobe changes with the season, you should also be attentive to your skincare regime to maintain that glowing, healthy and flawless skin throughout the year. Irrespective of the type of skin you have, it is very important to prepare your skin for the weather and adjust your routine accordingly.
It is often that our skincare takes a backseat with so many other things to do. Here is a quick glance into the skincare routine from summer to fall.
Switch to a Heavy Moisturizer
During summers, lightweight moisturizer is apt for the most skin types, however when the weather starts to cool down, it becomes important to apply a slightly heavier to avoid moisture loss. If you are using a gel-based moisturizer, consider opting for a lotion that helps in retaining moisture.
If you are using cream then change to something with thicker consistency with lipid-rich oils or ceramides. Another option is to make use of treatment oil. The benefit of using such oil is that you can add a few drops into the palm of your hand and mix it with the moisturizer of your choice as per the need.
This means you can custom-blend your moisturizer on days when you feel drier, and when you do not feel dry, do not use it.
It’s Time to Change the Cleansing Routine
During the summers, foaming and gel cleansers make for a great choice for deep cleaning in morning and night; but, these might cause dryness once the temperature starts cooling and less oil is being produced. A good thumb rule is to use non-drying, sulphate-free gel cleanser in the morning and a lightweight, lotion-based cleanser at night.
The gel provides deeper pore cleansing, whereas a milder cleansing lotion is highly effective in dissolving makeup. For the night, opt for a vitamin-infused cleanser, and if you prefer gel-based cleanser, look for the pH-balanced one.
Add Retinol to Your Face Cleaning Regime
It is often that we take a break from retinol, also known as Vitamin A, during the summer. As the months start cooling, make sure to add retinol to your routine. You can opt for either a prescription retinoid or non-prescription retinol serum.
It would help dramatically in reducing the appearance of brown spots triggered by lines, summer sun and wrinkles. Most of us are aware that prescription retinoids and retinol are the most scientifically proven ingredients when it comes to smoothing the skin texture.
Not everyone is attentive towards the skin. There are many women who overlook the significance of toners in their skincare routines. If you have not started using toners yet, now’s is the time. Alcohol-free toners make for an ideal way to give your skin the hydration and water it requires in the fall.
Wipe your face with an alcohol-free toner over your skin after cleansing. Apply moisturizer or serum immediately while it is damp to seal in the active ingredients and hydration.
Use SPF to Protect Your Skin
This might be a surprise for many women; however, fall (similar to spring) is a season in which a tremendous amount of UV rays are released. Most of us think that when temperatures are cooler outside, the sun rays are not as harmful; however, this is not true.
While UVB rays, the ones that cause sunburns or suntans, are not as strong in autumn, the UVA rays (the ones that trigger premature wrinkles and skin cancer) are as strong as they are in June or and July. It is important to understand that protecting skin from the sun is a year-round job, so make sure you do apply a sunscreen that best suits your skin type to the neck, face and exposed part.
Switch the Mask You Use
Water-based gel masks are considered among the best for hydrating the skin, thus they are perfect for oily skin that requires water however no additional oil. Also, because such masks have naturally cold temperatures, they are ideal for painful sunburn or soothing sensitive skin redness. However, during the fall, it is suggested to use a cream mask in case you experience dryness.
These masks have moisturizing oils that plump up and deeply hydrate normal to dry skin types. Unlike traditional clay or gel masks, cream-based masks do not have to be rinsed off after they have dried. Just tissue off leftover residue and leave the excess to give your facial skin a moisture boost.
Some skin types are highly prone to increased sensitivity during summers from sun, chlorine and heat. These types of skin should exfoliate minimally during this time. However, the moment the fall arrives, exfoliation becomes imperative for brightening and repairing the complexion.
For an at-home exfoliating peel or smooth, silky and a well-formulated facial scrub, choose the one that suits your skin types. In addition, exfoliating is also imperative for reducing breakouts because it helps in removing the dead skin cells that trap oil deposits. Regular exfoliation would help improve skin discoloration like acne scars and sun spots, dry skin, remove dull and tried skin, and encourage plumper and fresher formation of cells.
This would lend your skin a flawless and glowing finish. And of course, use exfoliating acid serums twice or thrice a week is important.
Listen to What Your Skin Says
Irrespective of seasons, our skin, just like our bodies, constantly changes and adapts to external and internal changes. It is important to be equally attentive and pay attention to the skin for signs that it is not getting what it requires.
Increased breakouts, dryness, sensitivity and tightness are a few signs indicating that your current skincare regime is not working. Perhaps, it’s time to bring some change in your routine. Listen to what your skin is saying. When skin problems occur, you must make sure that you are using products that are in accordance with the needs of your skin. If necessary, do think of consulting a dermatologist.
Seasonal changes can cause a change in the skin. Following these skin tips and making changes in skin-care regime, though, you can keep it looking at its best.