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.
Is your skin more prone to breakouts in 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. 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.
Here are a few tips to get your skin ready for fall.
Tip 1: Evaluate 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 or longer 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: Start Using a Toner
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 to help lock the hydration 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 Thorough DIY Facial
While it's a good idea to make weekly relaxing facial rituals part of your skin care routine, the beginning of a changing season is an excellent time for a more in depth DIY treatment. Treat yourself by doing an at home facial complete with cleansing, steaming, exfoliation, face mask application, toning, serum application and moisturizing... in that order.
Tip 5: Find Time To De-Stress
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.