You’ve finally found a skincare routine and products that work for you, but if you think you can use the same products year round, think again. Often overlooked, your skincare products should be thought of as seasonal clothing (in the winter you wear sweater and in the summer you wear a light tee). As we make the transition into fall, you might want to consider adding some additional products into your rotation to keep your skin refreshed. Here’s what to consider as we transition from the humid summer months to the crisp fall weather.
Switch Up Your Moisturizer
The moisturizer you use during warmer months should be different than the one you use during colder months. Your skin is typically more dewy and oily when the weather is warm and dryer during as the weather cools. Swap out your moisturizer depending on your skin’s needs- introduce a slightly thicker cream to rejuvenate your skin during the drier, windy seasons instead of a light serum or face oil.
Sunscreen should be included in your skincare routine all year long. Putting on sunscreen is more intuitive during the summer and spring seasons because the sun is out longer and we spend more time outside, but when the days get cloudy and cold many forego their sunscreen coverage thinking that they’re not at risk with clouds and rainy weather in sight. The sun’s rays are just as strong regardless of temperature or cloud coverage. Layer up your clothes and the SPF.
Use An Exfoliator
Fall is a great time to introduce an exfoliator or scrub into your routine. By exfoliating once or twice a week you’ll treat dry, parched skin and combat flakiness. For your face, look for a scrub that is not too abrasive, like a microfoliant. Gentler scrubs can also be used on dry, yet delicate, areas like your elbows and knees. These are typical areas that are prone to dryness when the weather gets cooler.
Your skin changes with the weather so personalize your routine year round and accommodate for the changing seasons–your skin will thank you.