It’s time to say goodbye to bikinis, warm summer sun, and tanned skin. As the breeze starts to get colder and drier, you will also notice your skin change.
For instance, you won’t need extra compact powder every few hours to combat oily skin, and you certainly won’t need a sunscreen with high SPF.
And these aren’t the only changes you’ll notice. Your skin completely changes as the seasons transition from summer to fall. Here are a few ways you will see your skin change:
Dehydrated skin because of sun overexposure
While you might have had great fun in the sun, the harmful sun rays can take a toll on your skin, leaving it uneven and dehydrated.
That is why, your fall skincare routine should be all about repairing your skin, and nursing it back to health. Incorporate a serum in your skincare routine to maximize benefits.
Skin starts getting dryer
As the fall season draws in, humidity drops off which dries the air and sucks out the moisture from your skin. That is why you start noticing dry skin during the colder months.
Hot showers and baths also lead to dryness as the hot water can dissolve the protective barrier of the skin.
Just like you change your clothes with the temperature change, it’s essential to amp up your skincare products as well. Switch your usual lightweight moisturizer with a heavy face cream.
More sensitive skin
Because of the dryness, you will start noticing that your skin gets more sensitive as fall nears. While scrubbing every week would have been a norm in summer, it can lead to over exfoliation when your skin is sensitive.
Exfoliation should only be done once every 1-2 weeks in the fall. Also, avoid any kind of harsh exfoliants like shells, nuts or harsh crystals. Instead, opt for oil-based, moisturizing scrubs.
Redness and skin inflammation
As you constantly go in-and-out from cold outdoors to centrally-heated indoors, it can take a toll on your skin. Sudden temperature changes can cause face capillaries to expand and contract rapidly, which leads to skin redness and inflammation.
This problem can be avoided by keeping your face warm when you step out in cold weather and putting the central heating temperature under check.
If your skin is prone to redness or inflammation, use skincare products that have anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory ingredients like green tea and chamomile.
More winter comfort food, more breakouts
Here’s the deal—we all try to keep our diet under check for the perfect summer body, but as we bid adieu to bikinis, we also let go of our dietary restrictions and welcome comfort food back into our lives.
Yes, the dry weather can help with pimples and breakouts, even for the most oily skin types, but comfort food can have an exact opposite effect. Foods with refined carbs or high glycaemic index can trigger or worsen acne.
While you shouldn’t be completely avoiding comfort food, try to keep it under control, for the sake of your skin.
Central heating means flaking
We all need central heating to stay sane during fall, but we should also never forget that radiators are bad for our skin.
The heated air can lead to skin flaking and cracking, and the only way to defeat this is: hydration.
The best way to get rid of this problem would be to invest in a good humidifier, but if you’re not ready to spend those dollars, keeping a few bowls full of water near your radiator should also help.
Not to forget, you should be drinking a lot of water, using a heavy moisturizer and a thick body lotion.
And yes, enjoy the fall while it lasts, for winter is coming.
Ritika is a 20-something Software Engineer by degree but she decided to quit her IT job to become a freelance writer and travel the world. She loves eating, walking her dog and watching Game of Thrones.