Autumn is upon us and with it comes a change in the air. It’s not yet the chapping winds of winter, but nor is it the unrelenting heat of summer. This change in atmosphere, weather, and moisture will affect your skin differently, and it’s time to adjust your skincare routine to match. Skincare routines for Autumn are as much a tailored routine for this season as they are a transition from summer skincare to winter. Here’s what to keep in mind:
As summer comes to an end, the warm humidity starts to drop, and the new, drier air is more likely to wick moisture from your skin. Consider swapping your cleanser to one that has more moisturizer in it, or add a lotion step to your routine. In addition, make sure to drink plenty of water, and eat foods rich in fatty acids, like avocado, to keep your skin feeling hydrated and smooth.
Autumn is also a great time for your skin to begin repairing itself from all the damage it may have been dealt in the summer. Staying out in the sun, exposure to heat, chlorine, salt water, and strong sunscreens and bug repellants will have dried it out and caused more stress than usual. Help your skin rejuvenate with a hydrating booster, to be applied after cleansing your skin in your routine.
While autumn doesn’t often boast the explosive rays of the sun that happen in summer, you are still very much able to get sunburned and skin damage from UV rays. Keep applying sunscreen when going outdoors, and apply after-sun soother to your skin after being outside. Wearing hats and clothing will also help protect the skin--and this is far easier and more comfortable to do as the weather gets chillier.
Most experts agree--when your skin is feeling fragile, go easy on the exfoliation. Which is not to suggest that you cut it out altogether--it still serves a vital purpose of removing the build-up that naturally occurs over time. But consider a gentle exfoliant, and don’t exfoliate as often as you normally would. Face masks should not be used more than once a week, and give them a rest if they appear to be aggravating your skin more than usual.
5. Keep Calm & Carry On
As your skin accompanies you from the exertions of summer--more exercise, more humidity, more hydration and exercise--to the dryer air and more sedate routines of fall, it’s not uncommon for the skin to need time to adjust and compensate. This can result in drier skin or (on the flipside) more oily skin, and it’s not uncommon to experience a breakout or two, or to feel like your skin texture has changed. If this happens, don’t freak out. This is expected and natural. Keeping up with your new adjusted Autumnal skin routine should sort it out in no time. In the meantime, avoid heavy creams or applying intense amounts of makeup to let your skin breathe and heal.