When the season changes from summer to fall, your skin may experience dryness primarily because of the shift to colder weather. To make sure that your skin gets proper care as the season transitions to the colder months, you need to make some adjustments in your regular skin care routine. Here are seven basic tips to help your skin adjust to the changing season.
Keep the sunscreen on.
You might think that sunscreen is out just because summer is over, but it is actually a necessity all year round. Just because you don’t feel the heat of the sun’s rays in colder weather doesn't mean the sun isn't wreaking havoc on your skin. Even on days when the sun hides behind thick clouds, you need to protect yourself against its damaging UV rays. Whatever the season, applying sunscreen is a must.
Drink lots of water.
Water helps keep the skin hydrated and prevents it from drying out. When the cooler autumn months come in, you may not feel the urge to gulp down as much water as you did during the hot summer months. This can cause you to drink less water than your body needs and make your skin wrinkled and dry. To avoid this, you need to stay hydrated. The needed fluid intake is about 2 liters for women and 3 liters for men. You may also consider limiting your intake of alcohol, which can dehydrate your skin.
Use an oil-based exfoliant.
Your skin may have suffered abuse from spending too many days out in the sun during summer. To bring back your skin’s glow, scrub off old, dead skin with a good exfoliant. Using an oil-based scrub will lock moisture in and help keep your skin soft. However, be wary of using an oil-based scrub on your face especially if you are prone to acne, as this may cause your face to break out.
Practice a healthy lifestyle.
Do your workouts and eat healthy food. Sometimes, when the weather is cold, it’s tempting to be lazy and skip the exercise, but there’s nothing like a good workout to expel toxins from your body. Eating the right kinds of food is also important because it nourishes your skin from the inside out. Living healthy is still the best way to take care of your skin.
Moisturize your skin.
For maximum benefit, use an oil-based moisturizer after your bath to keep dryness away. However, for your face, choose a noncomedogenic moisturizer to prevent clogging of the pores and to avoid acne breakouts. If you are already using a specific acne treatment product, it is best to stick with it so you don’t risk having a breakout when you switch to a new product.