Believe it or not, aside from pulling out your boots and scarves and treating yourself to pumpkin flavoured everything, you also need to change up your skincare routine for the cooler days of Autumn. It doesn’t have to be complicated either! Simply following the three steps below will get your skin prepped and ready so you can glow by the time the holidays come around.
The falling leaves of Autumn are a good way to think about how your skin sheds dry, dead surface cells. And although there are several different ways to exfoliate skin, here are some you can try:
Use an exfoliating cleanser
AHA/BHA exfoliating cleansers use a combo of fruit-based acids to wash away dead skin cells and improve skin’s tone and texture. Beware of harsh scrubs and cleansers though! Stay away from products promoting “beads” and other scrubbers, as these can damage skin. Instead, how about trying a gentle exfoliator like the La Roche Posay Physiological Ultra fine Scrub ($19.50)?
Treat yourself to a facial and/or a peel
Nothing you can do at home will ever beat going to a professional for a treatment. Facials and Peels both offer gentle exfoliation coupled with moisturizing and nourishing treatments.
This type of mechanical exfoliation involves running a diamond tip pen across the skin to strip away dead cells and the damaged outer layer. As such, this treatment should always be performed by a licensed esthetician!
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Investing in a quality rich night cream, a heavier daily moisturizer lotion, and a hydrating cleanser and mask is a MUST in the Fall as you prepare for the colder months ahead. Not only is it important to keep skin hydrated to avoid dryness, redness and flakiness, introducing moisturizing products now will give your skin a chance to adjust so you’ll know exactly how to build your skincare routine for the winter.
Pro tip: Apply the Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask ($27.20) to clean skin and leave it on for 2-5 minutes and rinse off for a more refreshed and hydrated face.
Don’t forget your SPF
That doesn’t mean you can toss your SPF aside because it’s no longer hot out! Soaking up some sun at a fall festival or even just going on a hike can help you receive that essential dose of Vitamin D, but you still need to take precautions. First, you can still get your 15-20 minutes of midday sun exposure but make sure you’re wearing sunscreen and that you wear a hat and sunglasses! The skin around your eyes and face is thinner than the rest of your body so make sure to protect these areas, too. While you’re at it, don’t forget to also protect your hands! And as always, be careful not to over expose skin to the sun. Even if temperatures are lower this time of year, too much sun will lead to wrinkles, sun spots and damage.