Fall Skin Care: How to Transition Your Skin Care Routine For Autumn
To discover how to transition your skin care routine for fall, we tapped into board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali. Looking to get your fall skin care in check? Keep reading!
Fall Focus: Hydration
“I recommended moisturizing more often in the fall,” he says. “Especially after getting out of the shower.” Bhanusali—and other Skincare.com experts—note that using moisturizer immediately after cleansing is the optimal time to do so, as it helps to lock in that hydration provided by the water. When it comes to showers, if you like them hot, Dr. Bhanusali says to make sure you limit them to five minutes or less. “Your skin barrier won’t be as secure,” he explains. “You’ll risk stripping the skin of good oils which can lead to dryness.”
While summer is all about lightweight hydration and less is more, fall is a time when you’ll want to embrace more emollient formulas in your skin care routine. “Replace the light, oil-free moisturizer with something a little thicker,” Dr. Bhanusali recommends “If you have particularly dry skin, using a product formulated with hyaluronic acid may be beneficial for increasing the hydration of the facial skin.”
Assess The Summer Damage
With summer ending Dr. Bhanusali says fall is a great time to schedule a full-body skin check. You’ll want to make sure your fun in the sun didn’t come with too many consequences. With skin cancer early detection is key. (Not sure what to expect? We answer skin check FAQs here!) The best way to prevent skin cancer as well as superficial signs of skin aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots? Broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or more, worn every day and reapplied often. This is the number one skin care product everyone needs all year long regardless of age, skin type, and skin tone.
Swap it Out
So you already know you need to replace the lightweight moisturizers for more heavy hitting hydration, but what about the other skin care swaps you should make in the fall?
- Cleanser – If you experience dry skin in the fall, consider trying a cleansing balm. These formulas are typically more hydrating than the foam or gel formulas we reach for the in summer months.
- Toner – While you may have reached for toners during the summer months—to help balance your skin’s pH after three months spent swimming—this fall swap out that toner for a Korean skin care staple: essence. These hydrating skin care products—like Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Essence—can help to prime your skin for the rest of your skin care routine.
- Exfoliation – In the summer months we want to try to preserve our tans—which we hopefully got out of a bottle—for as long as possible, meaning we may have been skipping out on regular exfoliation. Now’s the time to add that back into the routine. Slough away any dead skin cell buildup on the skin’s surface and help to reveal a brighter and more youthful-looking complexion. While you can choose between mechanical or chemical exfoliators, be sure to keep your exfoliation to no more than 1-3 times each week (and always moisturize afterwards!) Want a deep exfoliation? You may want to book a chemical peel—we share everything you need to know about these in-office treatments here!
- Alpha-Hydroxy Acids & Retinol – These skin care ingredients are known to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as well as dark spots, making them perfect to add to the rotation now that summer’s come to an end and you’ll be spending less time outside in the sun. Try a dark spot corrector, a targeted treatment or even a cleanser formulated with AHAs.
- Facials – Each season it’s nice to start fresh by scheduling a spa appointment for a facial—but it’s not always in the budget cards. Pamper yourself at home by incorporating multi-masking into your routine. Here’s how to multi-mask like an esthetician!
Now, who’s ready to grab a pumpkin spice latte?