Autumn is just around the corner,
and just like putting away the cute, flowy dresses, bathing suits and open-toed shoes, and breaking out jeans, sweaters and boots, your skincare routine needs to change with the weather too. The changing tree colors brings with it a drop in humidity and cooler temperatures which can wreak havoc on your skin, ushering in dry, itchy skin and eczema flare ups. Here is Barely Blush’s 6 best tips to make your skin autumn ready!
Switch Up Your Shower Routine.
Light, fruit based shower gels felt great on summer skin, offering a light, refreshing feel. But your skin needs more hydration in the fall and winter than these can offer. It’s time to switch to a thick, hydrating, creamy body wash to help skin get the moisture it needs. This is a great time of year for oil-based scrubs too. They gently exfoliate while hydrating your skin at the same time.
Head to Toe Moisturizing.
Right after you jump out of the shower is the best time to apply your lotion. Your skin is still damp and your pores are open and ready to take in all that moisture. Don’t skimp and literally get your entire body soft and supply by using a thick and luxurious body cream. The lightweight, oil-free moisturizers you’ve sworn by in July should be switched out for something heavier. Allure Magazine wrote an entire article on the best moisturizers for fall! Use a moisturizer to provide to protect your skin by drawing in hydration and keeping it there.
Face Oil Doesn’t Have to Be Bad.
During the summer months, we tried every possible way imaginable to keep oils away from our faces. But in autumn and winter, oil is just what your face needs. Facial oils can provide the nourishment all skin types need when moisture is low, but be sure to find an antioxidant rich one like our Red Tea Serum.
Hands and Feet Need Love.
Although autumn is the season for great boots, it’s important to keep them soft and exfoliated throughout the cooler weather. Dry skin and cracked heels are super uncomfortable. Just as important, our hands are probably the most exposed part of our body during the colder months, so investing in a good, thick hand cream will help to keep your hands soft and supple on those autumn hikes. And don’t forget your nails! Cold weather can wreak havoc on our cuticles, which is not only painful, but has the double punch of making our hands look older. Sometimes hand creams aren’t enough to take care of dry, cracked cuticle skin, so look out for cuticle oil which is specially formulated to keep your nails and cuticles from drying out.
Limit exfoliants and peels.
Of course it’s still important to remove dead skin cells and other impurities from our skin year round. But as the weather gets cooler, cutting back on certain ingredients in masks and peels, such as glycolic acid and retinoids makes sense according to Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and associate clinical professor, department of dermatology at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. Sometimes these ingredients can be too drying by removing more oil than we need during the lower temperature.
Use a humidifier.
Especially if your home’s heating system doesn’t add humidity to the air ducts, it’s important to use a humidifier. Home heating systems can easily dry out your skin, but using a humidifier will help to keep the balance, especially while you sleep.