I often get asked if I switch up my skincare routine with the change of seasons. The answer is: ABSOLUTELY and so should you. When Summer turns to Fall, the air gets drier and humidity lowers (even in Florida where I live, believe it or not). This means less natural hydration and less moisture in the air for your skin. Did you know that dehydrated skin ages faster? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to help mother nature with my aging process. I’d like to prevent the signs of aging on my skin as much as possible. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE.
So, how should you change your skincare routine for Fall? Here are 5 tips for switching up your skincare routine for the Fall (and Winter months).
First, to prevent dry, itchy skin due to the extra dryness in the air add in a hydrating serum and/or thicker moisturizer. I use this Rodan + Fields Hydrating Serum year round. I increase the applications in the drier seasons to twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. A good hydrating serum should be lightweight, non-greasy and be applied on clean, dry skin BEFORE moisturizer. It should include glycerin and hyaluronic acid. These are vital ingredients to hydrated skin.
Next, while exfoliating is a necessary step to any good skincare routine, too much exfoliation may dry your skin. In the drier months, consider exfoliating less often. Also, try to lower the temperature of your shower. The hotter the water, the more drying it is for your skin.
This tip may sound obvious, but keep your body hydrated and it will show in your skin. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and consume foods rich in water. How much water should you drink a day? Here’s a formula to help you: divide your weight in pounds by 2, you should drink that many ounces of water per day. (Ex., a 140 pound person, should drink 70 ounces of water per day) Here’s a free guide to the best foods you can eat for your skin. One of my go-to supplements I use every day is the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides powder. 1 scoop in my coffee each morning provides an extra dose of hyaluronic acid plus Vitamin C to help improve the overall health of my skin, hair, nails, joints and ligaments. I love that it is flavorless and does not leave any residue or clump in my coffee. I literally would never know it was in there if I didn’t scoop it in myself.
If you live in particularly dry climates, desert climates or extremely cold climates, invest in a good humidifier. Adding a humidifier in your bedroom when you sleep may help. It uses water to circulate moisture into the air. Bonus: the quiet humming of the humidifier acts as a white noise to help you sleep more soundly. We used humidifiers in our kids rooms when they were babies for white noise and to help combat dry air. Here’s one I recommend: Pure Humidifier.
Consider changing up your skincare routine as the Fall months approach. It’s also a good time to go through those cabinets and drawers and toss expired skincare or cosmetic products. For more talk on proper hydration for your skin, check out my YouTube video: Did You Know That Hydrated Skin is Younger Looking Skin?
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