Fall is upon us, and now that we've ditched the swimsuits in favor of cozy sweaters, it's crucial to change up our skin care routine as well. As your primary barrier against the environment, your skin is taking note of changes in the climate and making its own adjustments.
The products you used during the hot and humid days of summer aren't going to work with your skin the same way during autumn. Same goes for during colder winter temperatures and transitional spring weather as well. So instead of relying on the same stuff year-round and disregarding the changing seasons when it comes to your skin, why not embrace the change as an opportunity to acclimate your skin to the seasons?
Here are some tips that will help your skin cope throughout the year.
SUMMER TO FALL
Transitioning into autumn is all about repairing solar damage, and nothing does the trick as well as a yogurt mask. Lactic acid stimulates production of carbohydrates that maintain and support collagen and elastin to plump the skin, and microbes such as those in live-culture yogurt rehydrate dry skin.
My favorite way to do this? Apply ½ teaspoon of full-fat yogurt with live cultures to your face for 15 minutes every night. For more moisture, add a drop of honey.
Because vitamins C, E, and A are crucial to repairing sun-exposure damage, a serum packed with these vitamins may be your wisest skin care investment of the season. If you can safely use a retinol product (prohibited if you are pregnant or planning to be, or are breast-feeding), do so. Retinol doesn’t just prevent future photodamage, it also repairs past damage incurred by the summer sun.
FALL TO WINTER
When the temperature drops, the loss of moisture in the air can parch your body. Make sure your skin gets a hearty winter coating of oil blends rich in essential fatty acids and saturated fats. Apply at night and again in the morning to keep barrier protection intact.
Don't skip the sunscreen! Glare from snow doubles the risk of burning and aging from UVA rays.
Take advantage of the longer nights whenever possible. The skin repairs itself when you're in melatonin-producing sleep mode, so catching an extra hour here and there can work wonders. The hours before midnight are said to be especially beneficial.
WINTER TO SPRING
Nourish and calm
Cold weather and wintry blasts take their toll, leaving faces dry, flaky, reddened, and blotchy. If you eat oatmeal in the morning to buttress against the wintry chill, set some time aside to make a soothing mask by combining 1 tablespoon of oatmeal with honey, yogurt, butter, or cream, then applying the mixture to your face for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
Baby your eyes
As plants start to reemerge, pollen and dust will be more prevalent and can find their way into your delicate eyes. Treating your peepers with a delicate touch can help stave off overly irritating them on top of whatever seasonal allergies have in store for you. Remove eye makeup with non-irritating oils or oil-based cleansers, being extra careful not to stretch your skin.
SPRING TO SUMMER
Warm, sunny days call for less clothing and, more than ever, diligent applications of SPF 30. This one is a no-brainer.
Spring welcomes allergy season with a rise in puffy, weepy eyes. Thanks to the lactic acid in milk, you can get some relief by reducing the puffiness with this easy DIY remedy: Soak two cotton balls in cold milk and squeeze out the excess. Lie down and hold one cotton ball under each eye for three minutes. Rest your eyes while the milk sets in. Rinse with tepid water.