Fall is quickly approaching, and it will not be long before those long, warm days of summer are over.
With its beautiful colors and tolerable temperatures, fall is usually quite an enjoyable season. However, it is also a time of year that your skin can really struggle with, making it important to know how to properly care for your skin during this transitional season.
A Sunscreen is Still Essential
Let’s begin with the most important fall skin care tip – sunscreen is still absolutely essential!
Yes, the sun may not seem quite as strong, and you may be experiencing many more cloudy days, but those damaging UV rays are still around. Not only can UV rays penetrate through glass, but they can also penetrate through thick cloud, making sunscreen something that you should be wearing throughout the year.
Wondering whether you can use the same sunscreen that you used in the summer?
Yes, you can. However, since the skin tends to get drier in the fall, you may want to consider opting for a richer and thicker formula.
Since you will likely not be sweating or swimming as much in the fall, you will not need to re-apply your sunscreen quite as often as you did in the summer months. However, some re-application will still be necessary to ensure that your skin is constantly being protected.
Your Skin Care Products Need to Be Gentler
As the colder temperatures approach, the humidity in the air drops.
The fact that the air now contains less water than your skin means that the moisture in your skin will be more prone to evaporation. When this happens, your skin will be left feeling dry and dehydrated.
Fortunately, there are ways in which you can prevent this from happening, one of which is by making sure that your skin care products are mild and gentle.
Because harsh ingredients strip the skin of its natural oils. These oils are vital when it comes to keeping moisture trapped into the skin. A loss of these oils means that your skin’s moisture will evaporate at an even faster rate, which is something you definitely do not want.
Wondering which harsh ingredients and products you need to stay away from?
Here are a few tips:
- Foaming cleansers – these are great for clearing away excess oil in the summer, but they can be too harsh for fall and winter. Switch to a creamier, gentler cleanser instead
- Alcohol – alcohol is a common ingredient in skin care products, because not only does it act as a preservative, but it also enables the product to dry quickly on the skin, without leaving a greasy residue behind. It also increases product absorption, but it does this by damaging the skin’s protective barrier. You need this barrier to be as strong as possible in the fall and winter, making alcohol a big one to avoid
- Fragrances – products with an added fragrance usually contain hundreds of different chemicals, since these are what make up the fragrances used in cosmetics. These can lead to several skin issues, and can also break down the skin’s barrier in the same way that alcohol does
- Exfoliants that are too abrasive – physical exfoliants are great for sloughing away dead skin cells, and many people turn to them when their skin starts looking drier and rougher in the fall. However, they can also be quite rough on the skin – chemical exfoliants are actually far gentler, making them the better choice for the cooler months
You May Need to Adjust Your Skin Care Routine Each Day
Let’s face it – the weather in fall can be extremely temperamental.
Some days may be warm and balmy, just like the perfect summer day, while others can be chilly with biting winds, reminding you that winter is not too far away.
These sudden changes can be extremely difficult for your skin to deal with, which is why you need to give it a helping hand.
Well, while you may usually have a particular skin care routine that you follow each day, you will likely need to continue adjusting this as the weather fluctuates.
For example, on those hot and humid fall days, you will need to lighten up your skin care routine, in the same way that you did during the summer. However, on those colder and drier days, you will need to pile on the skin care a little more, opting for thicker and richer products instead.
It is always good to keep a variety of skin care products to hand in the fall, so that you can mix and match as necessary.
Antioxidants Can Help to Treat Summer Skin Damage
The summer sun can cause a significant amount of damage to your skin.
Even if you did not experience a sunburn this summer, those UV rays can still lead to everything from hyperpigmentation to fine lines and wrinkles. This damage accumulates within the skin, so while you may not notice it so much right now, it could all hit you at the same time in the near future.
The best way to treat summer skin damage is with the use of antioxidants.
Wondering what antioxidants do?
Pretty much everything!
One of their main roles is to neutralize the free radicals in the skin that cause cell damage and premature aging. They can also do everything from brighten the skin to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, making them a must-have in the months of fall.
Which antioxidants should you be using?
There are hundreds of different options out there. It all depends on the damage you are trying to treat:
- Fine lines, wrinkles and a loss of elasticity – green tea extract, retinol, ceramides and hyaluronic acid make for a powerful combination that can help to treat these signs of aging
- Hyperpigmentation – look for brightening ingredients, such as retinol, niacinimide and kojic acid
- Increased breakouts – anti-inflammatory ingredients are key here, as are those that re-balance the skin’s oil production but hydrate the skin at the same time. Hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, retinol, niacinimide and aloe vera are all great at doing this
- Facial redness – you need soothing and calming ingredients, such as chamomile, calendula, cucumber extract and aloe vera
- A rough and dull complexion – look for a product that exfoliates and brightens the skin, such as one containing vitamin C and glycolic acid
Wondering what the best way to actually use these antioxidants is?
Through a serum. While moisturizers that contain antioxidants are an added bonus, a serum’s lightweight consistency enables it to penetrate far deeper into the skin. This means that it can directly target those damaged skin cells, bringing about long-term, rather than temporary, improvements.
The Golden Sapphire Serum is a good example. It has a light, easily absorbed consistency that enables antioxidants to deliver its benefits directly to the skin, which in turn helps to defend against the harm of free radicals.
Strengthening Your Skin’s Barrier in the Fall Will Provide Extra Winter Protection
The winter months can be so hard on your skin, which is why you need to build it up in the fall. This will enable it to better defend and protect itself from all that winter throws at it.
Wondering how you go about building up your skin?
Well, the outer layer of your skin consists of a protective barrier. This barrier can easily become damaged, especially if your skin has received a fair bit of sun exposure in the summer.
Your skin’s barrier is responsible for keeping it safe in the winter, and preventing it from drying out.
One of the best ways to strengthen this barrier is by ensuring that your skin is kept moisturized.
While just about any moisturizer will help, there are some ingredients out there that are known for being especially effective when it comes to strengthening and thickening this natural barrier.
A few ingredients to try include:
- Ceramides – naturally found in your skin’s barrier, ceramides provide support to the cells here, helping them to lock in moisture while preventing impurities from damaging the skin
- Niacinimide – applying ceramides topically is great, but boosting your skin’s natural production of ceramides is even better, and this is exactly what niacinimide does
- Hyaluronic Acid – again, this ingredient is naturally found in your skin’s barrier. It is a humectant that draws in moisture from the environment around you, plumping up your skin cells and enabling them to function optimally
- Shea Butter – forms a protective barrier over your skin’s own barrier, giving your natural barrier the opportunity to heal
Face masks are another great way to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier.
If you were not using them in the summer, now is the time to add them into your skin care routine, preferably on a weekly basis. You may want to try the Morganite Magnetic Mask, which contains a moisturizing blend of nourishing oils and botanicals to really boost the skin’s moisture levels and radiance.
Eating Seasonal Fall Foods Can Benefit Your Skin
Do you try to eat seasonally as much as possible?
Whether you usually do or don’t, this is something definitely worth making the effort to do in the fall.
Because those seasonal fall foods contain pretty much everything your skin needs in order to build itself up before the winter months.
Some of the foods that you should be eating more of in the fall are:
- Pumpkins and squashes – packed with beta carotene, a form of vitamin A, which helps to reduce inflammation, regulate oil production and fight against the signs of aging. Don’t forget about the pumpkin seeds too, as these are full of zinc, which is vital for collagen production
- Chard – a great source of vitamin E, which moisturizes and protects the skin
- Apples – high in vitamin C, which acts as a powerful antioxidant and skin-brightener
- Beets – contain a potent group of antioxidants called anthocyanins
- Cranberries – rich in nutrients and antioxidants, while also having anti-inflammatory effects
Try to eat fresh versions of these foods whenever possible. Anything highly processed or filled with sugar will only end up having detrimental effects on your skin.
A Humidifier Can Help to Counter Dry and Dehydrated Skin
Those with oily skin may not notice the dryness quite so soon, but those who have normal or dry skin will definitely feel their skin turning much drier as fall progresses.
As mentioned earlier, this is due to the lack of humidity in the air, which means that the moisture within the skin evaporates at a much faster rate. It also does not help that the skin produces less oil in cooler temperatures, which, again, leaves it drier.
While a moisturizer is great for countering this, a humidifier is also a useful tool to use.
How does a humidifier help?
By adding moisture back into the air. This then reduces the amount of moisture that evaporates out of the skin, enabling your skin to hold on to this vital water.
As an added bonus…
Many humidifiers also provide aromatherapy benefits when you add in an essential oil. These oils are great for targeting individual skin concerns, such as:
- Sandalwood – boosts circulation and calms the nervous system, while also having anti-inflammatory effects
- Lavender – calming, soothing and anti-inflammatory, lavender oil has also been found to boost skin cell regeneration
- Myrrh – stimulates blood circulation while also encouraging skin cell production
- Clary Sage – boasts powerful antioxidant effects that can help to fight against the visible signs of aging
- Pomegranate – reduces stress levels, which helps to prevent wrinkles, acne and more
- Lemon – this perky citrus scent stimulates both the skin and the brain
Whether you choose to add in essential oils or not, make sure that you set your humidifier at between 30% and 50%, as this is ideal for your skin.
Fall skin care can be quite confusing, not only for you but also for your skin. With the mix of temperatures and weather patterns experienced during fall, these seven tips will help you to ensure that your skin is receiving all of the care it needs throughout the season.