Rearranging your wardrobe for fall’s arrival is crucial, but so is adjusting your skin care routine. The colder weather is going to take a toll on your complexion, so you have to make sure you know how to cope. Here are six skin care tips we suggest keeping in mind this season:
1. Start exfoliating
Washing with an exfoliating agent is one of the best ways to treat flaky skin. But don’t completely exchange it for your daily cleanser, skin care expert Andrew Goetz told Birchbox.
“Fall is a great time to introduce a face or body scrub once or twice a week, to treat all those different dry areas,” he said.
Remember to use gentle exfoliating cream for your face, and tougher scrubs for elbows and feet.
2. Use a cleansing brush
Instead of working your cleanser and exfoliating wash into your skin with your fingertips, invest in a rotating cleansing brush. Clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center told Health magazine that the tool works deep into the complexion to clear skin and relieve conditions.
“The micro-massaging bristles help loosen trapped makeup and dirt without additional scrubbing,” she said. “Plus, we’ve seen conditions like acne and rosacea start to clear up when these brushes are used.”
If you’re worried the bristles will be too harsh on your complexion, you can use sensitive-skin brushes.
3. Always moisturize
Between the cold temperatures, harsh winds and over-exposure to artificial heat, your skin is more likely to dry out during the fall and winter. To avoid the flaky, irritated complexion, make moisturizing a normal part of your morning and night-time skin care regimen.
4. Or, try facial oil
Cream moisturizers aren’t the only agent that can hydrate your skin. Facialist Tammy Fender told Health magazine that facial oils work just as well, as they sink into the skin faster and they’re packed with hydrating fatty acids for a smooth, healthy complexion.
5. Keep wearing sunscreen
It’s common to assume you only need sunscreen when the sun’s shining, but that’s certainly not the case. Your skin can be damaged by UV rays even when the weather is overcast.
“You need to wear sunscreen every day, even on snowy February days,” according to what Gervaise Gerstner, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical School told The Huffington Post. “You need a broad spectrum sunscreen, and you need to read the label very carefully to make sure it says UVA/UVB coverage. For day-to-day use, SPF 15 is fine.”
6. Invest in makeup that keeps skincare in mind
After you’ve exfoliated your skin, moisturized and applied everyday sunscreen, you’ll likely put on makeup before leaving the house. But don’t squash your healthy skin care regimen with cheap concealer. Bustle suggested investing in a tinted hydrating cream that moisturizes your complexion while making it glow.
Don’t let your new and improved skin care regimen take up all of your time in the morning. Just set the timer on your favorite BABY-G and see how fast you can treat your complexion!
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