The way your wardrobe changes with the season, you should also think about your skin care regime to maintain that glowing, healthy and flawless skin throughout the year. Irrespective of your skin type, it is essential to prepare your skin for the weather and adjust your routine accordingly.
Our skin care often takes a back seat with so many other things to do. Here is a glance into the skin care routine from summer to fall.
Switch to a Heavy Moisturizer
A lightweight moisturizer is apt for most skin types; however, when the weather starts to cool down, it becomes essential to apply a slightly heavier to avoid moisture loss. If you are using a gel-based moisturizer, consider opting for a lotion that helps retain moisture.
If you use cream, 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 an excellent choice for deep cleaning in the morning and night; but these might cause dryness once the temperature starts cooling and less oil is produced. A good thumb rule is to use a non-drying, sulfate-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 effectively dissolves makeup. Opt for a vitamin-infused cleanser for the night, and if you prefer a gel-based cleaner, look for the pH-balanced one.
Add Retinol to Your Face Cleaning Regime
We often 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 reduce the appearance of brown spots triggered by bylines, summer sun, and wrinkles. Most of us are aware that prescription retinoids and retinol are the most scientifically proven ingredients for smoothing the skin texture.
Not everyone is attentive towards the skin. Many women overlook the significance of toners in their skin care 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 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. When temperatures are cooler outside, most of us think the sun rays are not as harmful; however, this is not true. While UVB rays, which cause sunburns or suntans, are not as intense in autumn, the UVA rays (the ones that trigger premature wrinkles and skin cancer) are as fierce as in June or July. It is essential to understand that protecting skin from the sun is a year-round job, so make sure you apply 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 the best for hydrating the skin; thus, they are perfect for oily skin that requires water but 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 if you experience dryness.
These masks have moisturizing oils plump up and deeply hydrate normal to dry skin types. Unlike traditional clay or gel masks, cream-based covers do not have to be rinsed off after drying. 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 from sun, chlorine, and heat during summers. 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 well-formulated facial scrub, choose the one that suits your skin type.
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, using exfoliating acid serums twice or thrice a week is essential.
Listen to What Your Skin Says
Irrespective of seasons, our skin constantly changes and adapts to external and internal changes, just like our bodies. It is essential to be equally attentive and pay attention to the skin for signs of not getting what it requires. Increased breakouts, dryness, sensitivity, and tightness are a few signs indicating that your current skin care regime is not working.
Perhaps, it’s time to bring some change to your routine. Listen to what your skin is saying. When skin problems occur, you must make sure that you are using products that are per your skin’s needs. If necessary, do think of consulting a dermatologist. Seasonal changes can cause a difference in the skin. Following these skin tips and making changes in the skin care regime, though, you can keep it looking at its best.