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What do I mean by that?
I have been fortunate enough to have very resilient skin because when I get busy, my skincare regimen disappears! I know better. But the first thing to go with me is my skincare plans!
So, I figure writing this also puts me on the hook to do better.
When the seasons change, it’s always a good time to re-visit your skincare routine. Everything about the climate can determine what you need to do to improve your skin health, from humidity and heat to cold winds and chilly weather. Here are some skincare tips for the fall season.
Don’t Forget to Hydrate
The first thing you should do in the fall when you want healthy skin and hair is to hydrate. Keep drinking the same amount of water as you would during the hotter months. It’s common to drink a lot of water in the summer when the temperatures are high and you spend a lot of time outdoors. However, it is just as important to continue hydrating during the fall and winter seasons. Try to remind yourself to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (I aim for 80-100 oz. a day after my surgery), though you might need more depending on the day.
Use a Night Cream
If you’re not already using a night cream, the fall season is the perfect time to add it to your daily routine. You want your skin to be as hydrated as possible when the weather gets cold and chilly, and those cold winds dry out your skin. Since you’re simply going to bed, nighttime is the ideal time to apply a heavy cream when you don’t have to worry about makeup or other skincare products. After you cleanse your face in the evening, apply your night cream and let it sit for a few minutes before bed.
When choosing a night cream, it’s a good idea to look at the ingredients and be sure none of them are going to irritate your skin.
Gentle Skincare Exfoliation
Exfoliating is likely something you do in the summer season, but there’s no reason you can’t continue doing it in the fall. But you do want to switch to a gentler exfoliating product. During the colder months, your skin’s going to be more sensitive and often dry. If your skin is cracking or going through a flare-up of any kind, do not exfoliate! However, on days when your skin is in good condition, go ahead and exfoliate gently. This helps to remove skin cells to reveal the healthy skin beneath.
Use of Face Masks
Masks are your friends during the fall season. In the fall, the temperature and climate shift can be hard on your skin. Depending on where you live, this might mean cooler temperatures, a lot of rain and humidity, or just dry air that is freaking havoc on your skin. Try some fall-inspired masks like ones with pumpkin, pomegranate, or cranberry. These are going to smell just like fall and really get you into the spirit of the season while working being great for self-care as you’re doing something good for yourself.
Keep Using Sunscreen for Skincare
A very common mistake made in the fall and winter is skipping the sunscreen. Just because it doesn’t feel hot outside, doesn’t mean the sun can’t do damage to your skin! You need to use it every single day before you go outside, as there is always going to be sun exposure if you are out during the day, regardless of the temperature. Get a good sunscreen that is gentle on your skin and can be worn all day.
Since my transplant, I have been much more aggressive using sunscreen myself. The anti-rejection meds increase the risk of developing skin cancers. There is a lot of sunscreen around our house even in the fall!
Consider Dandruff Shampoo
In the fall, the colder temperature can also mean a dry scalp. If you have a problem with an itchy and flaky scalp in the fall, you are not alone! There’s no need to be embarrassed – just use an anti-dandruff shampoo once a week or when your scalp flares up, and you will find some relief.
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