Re-visiting your skin care routine with each change of season is a good idea. Fall has arrived and soon the temperatures will drop along with the humidity bringing unwelcome changes to our skin.
With the cooler weather, and lower humidity, our skin may find it difficult to regulate moisture balance. In addition to the harsh environmental elements, we often turn up the heat inside our homes and offices and the drastic difference between the cozy warmth inside and the chill out in the elements can be hard on our skin. When moisture in the skin is reduced, it can appear less full, less toned, flaky and dull. On our hands and body, diminished moisture can lead to itching and cracking skin.
You need to make sure you are hydrating and preparing your skin for the changing weather. Water is the skin’s main source of moisture. Most treatments for dry skin add water or retain water already existing in the skin. Using products that are sensitive to your skin’s changing needs can help you prepare for the coming winter. Here are 5 changes you can make to your skin care regimen this Fall.
Tip 1-Choose a Gentler Way to Cleanse Your Face
If you have been using a facial cleanser with Alpha Hydroxy or Salicylic Acids for anti-aging and exfoliation benefits, you may find them too harsh for your skin during the fall and winter. Switch to a gentler cleanser like DERMAspaRx Facial Enzyme Cleanser that will cleanse your skin without removing natural moisturizers and without drying out already compromised skin. You may want to switch to a sensitive skin formula if dryness worsens. See your Dermatologist if your skin becomes red or flaky.
Tip 2- Add a Deeply Hydrating Product to Your Skin Care Routine
If your current routine does not yet include a maximum hydrating agent utilizing a naturally occurring ingredient like Hyaluronic Acid, this is the perfect time to add it. Found in our bodies, HA helps keep our joints lubricated and using it on your skin topically is like giving your skin a drink of water. DERMAspaRx Hydrating B Serum is a great addition to your skin care routine for maximum hydration in the Fall and Winter. Also, switch from the lighter lotion you used in the summer to a heavier cream formulated for your skin type. Thicker creams are slower to absorb and will add an additional layer of protection from environmental conditions.
Tip 3-Take a Break from Peels-If your facial skin is extremely dry or sensitive this time of year, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and any alcohol-based toners or astringents-these products can strip essential oils and moisture from your skin. Instead opt for a hydrating facial at the spa.
Tip 4-Protect Your Hands- It is difficult to keep your hands moist in cold, dry weather because the skin on your hands is thinner and has fewer oil glands than on most other parts of your body. This can lead to itchy, cracked skin. Be sure to use hand cream and wear gloves when you go outside-avoid wool if possible as it can be irritating. Also, avoid wet socks and gloves. Wearing wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin increasing the chance for itching, cracking, and sores. The gloves and socks are not the problem themselves, but rather what we do when we take them off. You need to moisturize your skin to replenish the oils. Otherwise, it will dry out and become chapped.
Tip 5-Humidify the Air- Central heating systems and heaters push hot, dry air through our homes and offices where we spend most of our time. Humidifiers will put moisture in the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
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