It's that time of year again. Summer is gone, the air is cooling, the leaves are turning... and you may notice that your skin is acting up. You may notice more discoloration from the extra sun exposure or even more breakouts. Sound familiar? It's probably due to the changing seasons. Fall is here. Follow some of these fall skin care tips for healthy, balanced skin.
Did you know that your skin is more prone to breakouts during the fall?
Breakouts happen when dirt, oil and bacteria become trapped in your pores. During the summer months, your skin produces more of its own oils naturally. This is why you’re more likely to get away with a lighter moisturizer in the summer. When fall arrives, your skin is still producing more oil than usual, but the cooling temperatures may keep your skin from shedding its dead skin cells as effectively. The result is more trapped oil, dirt and bacteria, which can lead to more blackheads and other breakouts until your skin adjusts to the changes.
Tip 1: Take a look at your products.
Fall is the perfect time to re-assess your skin care routine. Take a look at the skin care products you're using and evaluate what’s working for you. Toss out anything that’s old or has changed in consistency or smell. Every product has a shelf life. Products with water that are properly preserved can last up to a year or more. Natural butters and balms can also last over a year, but can start to smell rancid if you let them get much older. Dry clay face masks and powders can last up to 2 years as long as you don’t get water or anything else in them.
Tip 2: Ramp up exfoliation.
Now is the time to start adding regular exfoliation to your skin care routine. Use a gentle facial scrub to help remove sun damaged skin cells to encourage brighter, smoother skin. Also look for facial skin care products with natural exfoliating acids like those founds in citrus fruits, papayas, and willow bark
Tip 3: Use a toner to hydrate.
As summer fades, the air humidity fades, which can leave your skin feeling thirsty. A good toner is like a drink of water for your skin. You should never use toners made with alcohol, as they will dry your skin out and always follow with a good moisturizer and/or serum to make sure the hydration is locked into your skin. A good toner also has the benefit of helping to cleanse your skin by wiping away additional residue that can be missed by your cleanser. Read more about skin toner benefits here
Tip 4: Give yourself a good facial.
Changing seasons are prime times to rejuvenate your skin with a facial. You don’t have to go overboard with chemical peels or other expensive treatments, but a good at home facial, complete with steaming, mask and exfoliation, will get your skin in shape as the weather cools.
Tip 5: Keep stress at bay by getting plenty of rest.
Now that summer is over and vacations are coming to an end, you may be getting back into a stricter routine. It’s more important than ever to be healthy and take care of your body holistically. Make sure you get enough sleep to keep stress at bay. Sleep deprivation can make you feel and look tired in addition to causing stress. Too much stress can aggravate your hormones causing breakouts and flares to other skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Do what you can to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night so you don’t feel tired.