Fall feels like it’s coming early this year- whether it be from the unpredictable weather we’ve been experiencing or the fact that everyone is already gearing up for Halloween in August. Depending on where you live, these fluctuating changes in climate could have caused some skin concerns that haven’t been a prominent issue in the past. It’s as good a time as ever to start easing into your fall skincare routine to help your skin feel more settled and less shocked when the cooler temperatures become more permanent. Our skin has different needs in the cooler months than in the warmer months, and it also needs adequate time to adjust to a new routine.
What’s the best way to ease in? There are a few things to incorporate into an Autumn skincare routine, but the most important is planning this routine out in advance far enough to not shock your skin.
Our skin thrives on consistency so, ideally, a two-week adjustment period is the right amount of time to make sure your skin isn’t shocked by sudden changes in your skincare routine. Our skin responds better to a shift to a warmer climate than it does to transition into cooler climates, so make sure to be extra gentle with your skin during this time of year.
What Happens to Your Skin When In Cooler Weather
Depending on just how harsh the climate is where you live can affect how much your skin reacts to shifts in climate. Our skin is constantly in protection mode, doing its job to keep out anything it considers a threat from the outside world, such as bacteria, the cold, or the sun’s rays.
When the weather cools down and winds become stronger, this type of environment draws moisture away from your skin. Lower humidity levels and cooler temperatures result in tighter, dryer feeling skin.
If you live in higher altitude areas, this becomes amplified because the higher elevation that you live in the harder it is for your skin to retain moisture naturally.
Those living in cool and rainy climates might experience the feeling of having both dry and greasy skin at the same time.
While everyone’s skin is different and there is no universally accepted skincare routine, there are some things you can do to help soothe your skin.
Overall Best Skincare Practices For Cool Weather
Keep Using Sunscreen
While the sun may be less visible as the weather cools down, this doesn’t mean you are not being exposed to harmful UV rays. No matter what time of the year it is or what type of weather you are present in, it’s always a good idea to apply sunscreen, and bring some with you for reapplication.
Consider a Heavier Moisturizer at Night
When the weather is cooler and there is less humidity in the air at all times, your skin is constantly being stripped of any last bits of hydration it’s trying to cling onto. To help nourish your skin and replenish that essential hydration, we recommend incorporating skin butter or pairing your nightly moisturizer with an oil serum. Depending on your skin type, these products may be too heavy for use during the day, but they are the perfect way to restore hydration to your skin while you sleep.
Adopt a Richer Cleanser
Using an oil or lotion-based cleanser may be easier on your skin if it’s dehydrated or struggling to adjust to a change in the climate. These types of cleansers will still accomplish the same feat as a soap-based cleanser, but are more gentle on your skin and offer more hydration than the latter. Bonus: oil-based cleansers dive deeper into your pores to clear out toxins and grime, allowing your skin to breathe a little easier and soak up your moisturizers more effectively. Make sure any oils you are using on your facial skin are non-comedogenic, meaning they will not clog your pores.
Utilize Hydrating and Overnight Facial Masks
Sometimes our skin needs a little extra something to get back into balance. In the case of missing hydration, consider using a hydrating mask a few times a week to aid your complexion. In more serious cases, slathering on an overnight hydrating mask can be a game-changer for dry or agitated skin.
Maintain Variety in Your Diet
Cooler months mean a lot of comfort food dishes are reappearing. While there is nothing wrong with eating these foods, it’s important to make sure you’re still making a point to eat the rainbow and get a variety of vitamins and minerals. Diet and daily water consumption have a tremendous impact on the overall appearance and feel of your skin.
We hope this helps to make your seasonal skincare transition more comfortable for your skin! Enjoy these last sweet moments of summer.