As the seasons change, so does our skin. If you're anything like me, parts of my skin start to peel off like I'm a growing snake. Horrible analogy? Absolutely but that's what it feel like. At this very moment, I can't get the dead skin off of my lips quick enough and this happens EVERY year. Same thing with my hands. It's like my eczema decides to rear it's beastly head for absolutely no reason other than a slight change in temperature.
After talking with some of you, I know you don't have a skincare routine. However, can we talk about how important it is to have one? Ladies, once you start to notice skin issues, like wrinkles and sun spots, it's too late to fix them. I'm not talking about having a 20 step system. I've watched the YouTube videos of celebrities and how they take care of their skin. Unless your face is your money maker, who has time to spend 30 plus minutes on their face EVERY SINGLE NIGHT?
No one...that's who. Mine may take 15 minutes on a good night where I have time and energy but typically it's 5. Most nights it is as follows:
Clean makeup off with a makeup eraser cloth.
Wash my face with a gentle cleanser.
Tone with my DIY Hibiscus Toner
Slap some manuka honey nourishing serum on.
Gently put some eye cream around the eyes.
Moisturize with a night cream.
That may look like a lot, but that takes all of 5 minutes and it has helped my skin so much. I have more consistency in tone and color. Breakouts are now rare, even with wearing a mask off and on all day. I can not preach enough about how important skin care is for all ages. I even have my kids, 7, 4, and 8 months on a routine. It's not intense but we clean their faces every night and usually get lotion on their legs and arms. Two of my kids have dry skin but once we started this routine, we don't really have any issues with it anymore.
However, with the seasons changing, things usually ramp up and few tweaks usually need to be made to the status quo. With the humidity of summer slowly blowing away with the fall wind (thank GOD!) moisture tends to leave our skin much quicker. I know you've felt your face get tight when you're outside in the fall!
With this in mind, lets take a look at a few things that we can all do to make our skin a little happier in the fall.
Moisturize: If you don't moisturize your skin/face now....START! For those of you who do, you may want to look for something a little thicker as the fall ramps up. As I said earlier, the moisture in the air usually takes a nose dive during the fall and that leads to even dryer skin. A thicker moisturizer can make the biggest difference. I typically use a light moisturizer with SPF in the summer but in the fall and winter, I'll add something with a little more wax to it to prevent chapping and dryness.
Stop Exfoliating: Okay...don't stop completely but if you're like me and have to exfoliate 2-3 times a week to get all the sweat, grime and sweaty build-up off your face in the summer, the fall temperatures will only irritate and dry out your skin quicker. Only exfoliate once a week in the fall and winter. This will leave you with glowing skin and give your skin time to rebuild its sebum and ability to protect itself from the elements.
Keep Using Sunscreen: Just because it isn't as hot as the lowest level of hell anymore doesn't mean that your skin isn't still getting beat up by the rays of the sun. SPF is ALWAYS important. The sun is like a ninja and can get you anytime and anywhere. You're face is the first place to show signs of sun damage and its just best to keep it as protected as possible.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a wonderful thing, y'all. Not only does it help fight the sun with your SPF, it also helps to even out skin tone and promotes collagen production to give you a healthy glow. I tend to use Vitamin C all year but its even more effective in the fall and winter. Since you're typically not exfoliating as much, this helps to promote the same type of glow you get from exfoliation.
Add a Humidifier: Again, we're talking about the lack of moisture in the air. I grew up knowing this because I grew up with a woodstove and the air was ALWAYS dry in the fall and winter. Humidifiers are not only good for your skin but their good for your respiratory system during the winter as well. Keep those things plugged in and on during the long nights of the upcoming 2 seasons.
There you have it. Let's face the fall with bright even skin. Even if you don't care about skincare, the daily ritual can be a form of self-care. The ritual, no matter how short, is a nice ending to my day. It's like I'm taking my armor off and I'm ready to relax. Weird...yes, but it's a nice feeling.