Autumn is coming and with it comes drier weather. You may find your skin is more prone to itching, flaking, redness and breakouts due to the dropping humidity. Also, the more frequent hot showers and temperature contrasts may disrupt the water-oil balance in skin and cause irritation. Just as we need to change our wardrobe to adapt to the changing seasons, it’s only natural to use different skincare products at different times of the year.
Below are 8 major product changes that may help satisfy your skin’s seasonal needs. Please take these as well-meaning advice instead of absolute rules since the requirements do vary from person to person.
Exfoliation is important in the colder months to get rid of the accumulating dead skin cells and foster absorption of other skincare products. However, granular scrubs should be avoided as overuse may cause further thickening of the skin. Try chemical exfoliators containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) instead, which are suitable for all four seasons.
Change your facial cleanser and body wash from a gel or foam to one with a lotion or creamy texture. Gels and foams normally leave skin squeaky clean but can also take away necessary oils and damage the skin’s moisture barrier. For the face, avoid glycolic or salicylic acid-enriched cleansers which can make skin dry. If you have very dry skin, try switching to cleansing oils that are milder and more nourishing.
Not only do toners remove residue that may have been left behind by your cleanser, they’re also the first step in moisturizing your skin. The right toner normalizes the skin’s pH level and boosts moisture while creating a shield against bacteria. Avoid alcohol-based toners that can dehydrate skin and make it feel tight. Replace with those enriched with hyaluronic acid, the moisture-binding ingredient that keeps skin plump and hydrated.
During summer, you may find that a rich serum can do the job of keeping your skin moisturized all day. But to fight against the dry autumn winds, you’ll probably need a thicker lotion or cream, and should reapply moisturizer more often. Look for ingredients such as glycerin, ceramides and fatty acids for your daily moisturizer. Sleeping packs are also useful for replenishing moisture overnight. You can also try adding a few drops of argan oil to your night cream to boost its nourishing power.
Shea butter and urea cream form a moisture barrier on your skin and help to prevent itching caused by dryness. Reapply your lip balms and creams frequently, especially if you’re constantly washing or licking them away. You may want to have a specific cream for each part of your body to target different concerns. For lip balms, you just can’t go wrong with honey and shea butter!
Instead of a hot bath that may irritate your skin, why not go for a warm oatmeal bath? The natural remedy to dry and itchy skin, oatmeal releases milky emollients to soothe and cleanse. Add a few drops of essential oils to your bath to heighten the healing effect and the relaxing sensation. No soap is needed. Gently pat skin dry afterwards.
Even though you may bare less skin and participate in fewer outdoor sports in the fall, it doesn’t mean the UV rays can’t cause damage. Opt for sunscreen with SPF 15 or above to keep your skin protected at all times.
Powder makeup tends to look flaky on dry skin. Cream-based foundations and blushes are your go-to for fall. Also, remember to apply an adequate moisturizer before makeup for your complexion to look soft and dewy.