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With autumn just around the corner, it's time to help your skin make the transition from hot and humid to cool and dry. And the way to do that? With a fall skincare routine.
Now that the colder months are coming, you'll need to use skincare products that cater to your skin's needs for fall.
"During summer, there’s often more humidity to help moisture stay in the skin and protect its barrier," says board-certified dermatologist Nancy Samolitis, MD. "In the cooler months, the air gets drier outside and inside with the operation of heaters. When skin starts losing moisture, the barrier can get disrupted, causing increased sensitivity, dryness, and irritation."
To help you out, we've listed a few skincare tips to help your skin adjust to the cooler, drier climate for that summer skin glow - throughout autumn.
Bring in a Heftier Hydrator
It's time to pack away that lightweight, oil-free moisturizer you used all summer in replacement of a richer, thicker moisturizer.
As the seasons change, the temperature drops and the air outside becomes drier. This is when your skin needs additional hydration to keep it smooth, soft, and glowing.
"We need to compensate for the change by adding more moisture to the skin and helping to retain it," says double board-certified dermatologist Julia Tzu, MD.
Opt for a lotion enriched with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, coconut oil, and shea butter. These ingredients are excellent at tackling dry skin.
Our top pick? Truly's Cream Skin Face Cream.
Slough Away Dead Skin
Autumn symbolizes renewal. You can help renew your skin this fall by exfoliating with a gentle, sugar-based scrub or a glycolic acid toner. Exfoliating once a week decongests your pores, sloughs away dull, dead skin cells, and delivers a healthier, dewier complexion underneath.
Regular exfoliation also keeps breakouts at bay and enables other beauty products to penetrate more deeply.
Just make sure you look for gentle exfoliants suitable for sensitive skin to incorporate into your skincare regimen to prevent irritation.
Our top pick? Truly's Matcha Face Scrub.
Bring in Body Lotion
If you don't wear body lotion through the summer months, make sure you bring it into your autumn skincare routine.
Moisturizing your skin from head to toe is essential in cold weather as there is much less moisture to keep the skin hydrated. The best way to hydrate the skin and keep it healthy and happy is to invest in a nourishing body moisturizer.
"Moisturizers both provide a protective barrier over the skin, allowing it to retain hydration and draw in hydration to the outer skin layer," says Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Our top pick? Truly's Blueberry Kush CBD Body Lotion.
Load up on Vitamin C Serums
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that works wonders for your skin. And it's the perfect addition to your skin routine this time of year.
"Vitamin C works double duty in the colder months and helps combat SPF rays that aren’t fully blocked by your sunscreen," says dermatologist Anne Chapas, MD. "It also evens skin pigmentation, which helps to boost collagen production resulting in a brighter complexion."
Besides serums and facial oils, you'll also find vitamin C in cleansers, exfoliators, and moisturizers.
The best part about vitamin C is that it can benefit all skin types and even help acne-prone skin.
Our top pick? Truly's Vegan Collagen Facial Serum.
Continue Using Sunscreen
You may not think you need it when the sun is not visibly shining, but you really do!
Even on dull days, the sun continues to emit harmful ultraviolet rays (UV rays) that can cause sun damage, including fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
You should wear sunscreen at all times, sticking to a daily SPF 30 at least, to protect your skin and prevent those horrible side effects.
"During the cool months, it’s important to choose a sunscreen labelled 'broad spectrum,' since the SPF rating refers only to protection against UVB and not UVA light," says Stanford-educated dermatologist Dr. Laurel Geraghty.
UV radiation also increases the risk of skin cancer so wearing sunscreen every day may just save your life.
Don't Forget Your Pout
The skin on your lips needs just as much hydration as the rest of your body.
"Incorporating a nourishing lip balm into your autumn skincare regimen is like training for a marathon—only for your lips. If you wait too long to start prepping, you may find yourself having very chapped lips in winter," says Tori Moore, Senior Beauty Researcher at P&G.
In addition to using a daily lip balm, oil, or serum, it's also worth using a moisturizing overnight lip mask to smooth and soften a chapped pout. A lip mask will give your pout the intense hydration it craves.
Our top pick? Truly's Star Kisser Jelly Lip Plumping Mask.
Invest in a Humidifier
As your place gets cozier and cozier, it's likely that your skin is getting thirstier and drier. Shop for a humidifier as soon as possible before you start waking up with dry, flaky skin. You only need to plug it in and it'll do the rest for you.
Like the idea of waking up with dewy, glowy skin? That's your reality when you live with a humidifier.
It's also an excellent investment for people with chronic dry skin conditions like eczema as humidifiers inject moisture into the air, preventing your skin from drying out.
A fall skincare regimen doesn't require drastic shifts from your summer skincare routine in order to work effectively. Just making a few changes and additions like using a thicker moisturizer, applying vitamin C serum, and using body lotion more regularly can significantly improve the condition of your skin from head to toe.