The days are shorter, the nights are crisp, and the pumpkins are plentiful. Fall has come and as the leaves change, so should your skincare routine. Just like our bodies crave sweaters and jeans, our skin appreciates a little extra comfort during this pleasant season.
As autumn carries us into the dry winter months, avoid a breakout and steer clear of flaky dryness with these four fall suggestions that will guide sensitive, acne-prone skin through the seasonal shift.
While a consistent routine plays a role in regulating and calming your skin, take a minute to inspect your current product cache. This time of year mild, gentle cleansers that wont agitate drier skin are key. Get a hydrating head start to winter with products like the 365 Facial Cleanser ($6) from Whole Foods or the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($11).
Hours by the lake had you sun-kissed but it’s time to repair the damage done to your skin by harsh UVA/UVB rays. Best to treat your skin to a healing serum packed with goodies: try Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol ($30) that repairs, softens the signs of aging and protects from further environmental damage.
During the warm months we tend to ease up on moisturizer since we’re sweating more. When the temperature dips, no need to be shy while you apply. Boost the weight of your hydrator from a lightweight lotion to a cream that acts as a barrier, reducing water loss as it hydrates. Check out Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream ($47) or Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer ($16).
The sky may tend gray more than blue these days. But that doesn’t mean you can tuck your sunscreen in the closet. Protecting your skin from the sun is a daily essential. Use a moisturizing formula with a minimum SPF 15 and reapply if you spend extra hours in the light. Clarins UV Plus HP SPF 40 Day Screen ($25) shields your face from damage and soaks in fast with a matte finish.