Summer is drawing to a close, and the transition to fall can be quite tough, not only on your wardrobe, but your sensitive skin as well. Soaking up sunshine and chlorine during the summer months damages your skin, and can even leave sun spots, as well as increased lines and wrinkles, especially on mature skin. And after being accustomed to the warm, moist weather in the spring, your skin must now adjust to the cooler, drier fall air. In order to restore the moisture and nurture your dull, damaged skin properly in time for the new season, here are some steps to incorporate into your new fall beauty routine.
Don’t forget about sunscreen
The biggest mistake that people make when summer ends is to stop using sunscreen. But sunscreen should be worn year-round, as your skin is constantly exposed to damaging UVA and UVB rays, even during colder months. If you don’t like the idea of making sunscreen a regular step in your beauty routine, however, then using quality skin care products that contain an SPF 30 or higher might be the best option for you.
Skin gets drier during the fall and gets more susceptible to damage, but that shouldn’t be a reason to stop using a gentle exfoliant. The dryness of the season can cause dead skin cells to accumulate more quickly, which in turn clogs the pores and dulls the overall appearance of your skin. Exfoliating twice a week smoothens your skin and keeps it looking fresh, and it also improves the absorption of other skin care products.
Replenish lost moisture
Addressing damaged or undernourished skin is the best way to prepare for the colder weather. Start by incorporating products that replenish lost moisture into your daily routine. This does not only apply to your face; you should intensely moisturize your hands and nails after every wash, as well as your whole body, in order to rehydrate and be prepared for colder months.
Start using a serum
If the fall season is too early for you to start using a heavier, creamier moisturizer, you can try using a serum underneath your lightweight summer products. This will give you the benefit of a thicker moisturizer and the proper amount of hydration, while shielding your skin from heavy, pore-clogging creams.
Protect the skin around your eyes
The skin around your eyes is especially delicate and it doesn’t cope well with constant exposure to cold, dry air. Prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in this area by using a moisturizing eye cream every day. Whether you opt for a lightweight formula for daily use, or a heavier one for extra moisture during the night, just don’t forget to protect this fine, fragile area.
Treat acne correctly
Seasonal changes can trigger stress symptoms in your body, which can lead to even more breakouts than usual. But instead of the usual spot treatments of acne, you should tend to all of your skin. When zeroing in on a specific blemish, you ignore another one that might appear soon. So, incorporate products which contain salicylic acid into your beauty regimen and defeat breakouts before they even start.
Repair your lips
If the summer sun has left your lips cracked and dry, you can nourish them back to health with concentrated moisture. Applying a gentle lip scrub can help smooth out your damaged lips and leave them soft and supple, while a moisturizing lip balm will make them look plump and protect them in the cold fall weather.
Don’t forget about your diet
Fall is often a busy time of the year, which makes it easy to fall back into unhealthy eating habits. However, healthy skin starts from within, which is why a proper, healthy diet should also be a part of your beauty routine. Opt for whole foods which are rich in fatty acids, such as fish and seafood, and foods that are full of antioxidants, like healthy fruits and vegetables.
Consult your dermatologist
Summer takes a toll on our skin; if you spend too much time in the sun without proper protection, you are at risk of skin cancer. While regular visits to your dermatologist are recommended, you should also see a doctor if you notice a change in shape, size or color of any age spots or beauty marks. A dermatologist will give you proper treatment, if needed, and will give you advice about skin care products which are perfectly suited for you, in order to efficiently combat the new season.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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