Shorter days and cooler temperatures are sure signs that summer is coming to an end. Changes that occur as we transition into fall can take a toll on your skin, especially when weather conditions shift drastically from day to day. It’s no wonder your skin has a tough time keeping up when it is cool and dry one day and warm and humid the next. Even within a 12-hour time period, cool morning temperatures may swing by 20 degrees or more during the day and then fall back again in the evening. Developing a fall skincare routine is critical for maintaining your skin’s health.
Dry air causes itchy skin
Humidity levels tend to drop in the fall as outdoor temperatures cool down. Often, low humidity levels cause dry air which promotes dry skin and may aggravate existing skin problems. This is especially true if you’re prone to eczema or other dry skin conditions. Indoor heat keeps the air warm, but it also robs moisture from the air and creates a dry environment. Using a humidifier will help put moisture back into the air and minimize the drying effects.
Time to make a change
A great time to consider changes in your skin care routine is when you swap your summer wardrobe for warmer clothing to accommodate cooler temperatures.
Keep a simple fall skincare routine:
- Use a mild and gentle facial cleanser. Avoid harsh cleansing agents in your soap or body wash. A fragrance-free soap tends to be less irritating to your skin.
- Take lukewarm showers or baths. Hot water can strip the skin of its protective barrier.
- Moisturize your skin often. You may want to switch your lightweight summer lotion to a heavier cream to give your skin that extra boost of moisturizing it needs this time of year.
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, all year long, to protect your skin from the sun’s UVA/UVB rays. Exposure to sunlight should be a concern no matter what the temperature is outdoors.
- Layer clothing. It will help you adapt quickly to changing temperatures and potentially avoid sweaty skin. Sweat may leave your skin more prone to flareups and breakouts.
Some skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, can flare up during dry weather and skin may become sensitive to potential allergens found in ordinary products. The best skin care products for sensitive skin are formulated to avoid these ingredients which may help avert unwanted flareups. Remember to always read the label and check the ingredient list. Products labeled as ‘hypoallergenic’ may still contain allergens.
Talk to a doctor
As always, when in doubt, consult a dermatologist with questions or concerns.