Fall is such time of transition. Leaves are turning, closets are turning over, and our skin is about to turn as dry as the days are short. Now is the time to switch up your skincare regimen, because it will be much more challenging to soothe redness, flaking, and irritation (oh my!) once they rear their ugly heads. Not to panic! Follow these super simple steps and your skin will thank you:
Switch to a gentle cleanser. Instead of the squeaky-clean foaming one you’ve probably been using all summer, opt for a creamy wash or bar that will dissolve dirt and makeup without stripping skin. I love Arcona Kiwi Cream Bar and Eminence Coconut Milk Cleanser.
Try a facial oil. Plant oils like almond, shea, and apricot kernel are the closest thing to our skin’s natural oils so they make for ideal moisturizers. They also help balance skin when it gets out of whack, and unlike mineral oil, they won’t clog pores. Depending on your skin type, you can apply facial oil under your daily moisturizer for extra comfort, or just to dry patches as needed. I also love to pat a little oil over makeup for a dewy glow–a trick I picked up from a makeup artist. My favorites: Josie Maran Argan Oil and By Elizabeth Dehn The Serum.
Don’t skip the sunscreen. Just because the temperature has dropped doesn’t mean UVA/UVB rays are hibernating. No matter what the season, don’t leave the house without sun protection. Since you’re less likely to forgo this step if it’s built right into your moisturizer, try Origins Brighter by Nature with SPF 35 or Clinique Even Better Skin Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20. You’ll get the added bonus of banishing sun spots while you protect from future damage!
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