Now that Fall has properly rolled around, I’m talking about it being positively freezing when it’s only mid-September, there are some upgrades you should be making to your skincare routine. Summer was hot and dry and sweaty and so we used products that were very light because we didn’t need added moisture or humidity. However, now that cooler weather is rolling in, there are some things we should keep doing and some things we should start doing.
Amp up the hydration. If your moisturizer is too light, I suggest getting a moisturizer of a thicker consistency such as Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion or a moisturizer that contains hylauronic acid, which is a humectant and provides adequate hydration to the skin. Cooler weather and winds can tend to dry out our skin and when our skin is dry, it becomes more susceptible to wrinkles and fine lines. Cold winds especially tend to leave skin feeling raw and chafed so make sure to keep your skin very hydrated.
Stick with your sunscreen. I know in the summer time we’ve, hopefully, lathered on ample amounts of sunscreen as a means of protection, but just because the sun isn’t as bright now doesn’t mean that its rays are not as harmful. Instead of using a moisturizer or product with a very high SPF, I suggest you use one with an SPF of 15, that way it’s not too heavy but you still get the sun protection you need.
Try not to exfoliate too harshly or too much. Cooler weather means our skin is going to be abrased by a harsher climate than that of summer and exfoliating strips most of our dead skin cells off leaving the baby smooth skin unprotected against the harsh cold. While you should still exfoliate, don’t go overboard trying to get smooth skin that will probably be covered up by layers of clothes. Unless you plan on wearing miniskirts and crop tops in Oct-Nov, then by all means, go ahead.
Moisturize everything. Especially your hands because we all know what the cold can do to our hands. Now is when oils come into good use. You should be completely moisturized from head to toe so your skin doesn’t feel dry or dry out due to the cold weather. If I feel like my body lotion isn’t doing enough, I reach for the baby oil. Yes I said it, baby oil. Why not? It’s incredibly moisturizing and smells good, not to mention the oil actually makes you feel warmer, so you don’t get cold easily. If you don’t believe me, try it.
Don’t shower/bathe in very hot water. I know hot water feels so good when it’s chilly and dreary outside but even though it might feel good, does not necessarily mean it is good…for your skin. The hot water dries out our skin and so…putting two and two together, means that your skin will probably be very dry and thus more susceptible to the cold climate.
Skip the coffee and opt for tea. Tea contains caffeine and has lots of antioxidants that regular coffee doesn’t offer. Instead of being on a buzz and being jittery, tea keeps you awake but without the jitters and hyperactivity. Green tea especially can do wonders for your skin and so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a box or two stacked away for winter.
Lastly, dress warmly and protect yourself from the cold. Our skin can only do so much to make us warm such as triggering autonomic impulses like shivering and goosebumps. But that’s about as far as it goes, the rest is up to you. Not only will you be healthy and feel a lot better if you are warmer, but your skin and your body will thank you. Sexy always has a time and place, unfortunately it is not when it’s 30 degrees outside. 🙂