As the air becomes cooler in the fall, you might find yourself thinking about apples, pumpkin spice, and cozy sweaters. But there's something else to add to your list: taking care of your skin.
One big change between summer and fall is the drop in humidity. Dr. S. Tyler Hollmig, a skin expert, says this can lead to more skin problems like eczema and irritation during the fall and winter. Because of this, even if you didn't use moisturizer in the summer, you might need to start using it now, or switch to a thicker one. Your skin type will help you decide if you should use a lotion (light and watery), a cream (a bit thicker), or an ointment (heaviest).
Fall is a fresh start, and it's a good time to fix any damage from the summer, like sunburn or breakouts. You can do this with treatments like chemical peels or laser resurfacing.
Remember, your skin stays healthy when you take care of your body. Even if there are fewer fresh fruits and veggies in the fall, keep eating them. Squash is a great choice because it can make your skin look healthy and radiant.
Here's what to do for your skin in the fall, based on your skin type:
For Oily Skin: Fall is good for oily skin. Use a gentle cleanser and a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated. Don't forget to use sunscreen, even in the fall.
For Dry Skin: Fall can make dry skin worse. Switch to a thicker moisturizer like Aquaphor Healing Ointment for areas like elbows and knees. You might also use a humidifier at home to keep your skin and mucous membranes moist.
For Combination Skin: If you have a mix of oily and dry areas, treat them differently. Use a mild cleanser for dry areas and a lightweight moisturizer. For oily areas, you may not need a moisturizer.
For Aging Skin: Retinoids are great for preventing wrinkles. You can start using them in the fall, but don't forget sunscreen.
So, as you enjoy the fall season, don't forget to take care of your skin. It's your body's way of saying thank you!