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How to Get Your Summer Skin Ready for Fall

With Labor Day at our backs and Halloween decorations already starting to fill the shelves, it’s clear that summer is coming to a close and fall is just around the corner.

As you break out your sweaters and your pumpkin spice treats (or anti-pumpkin spice treats, if it’s not your jam), there’s one thing you can’t forget: your skin.

Here’s everything you need to know about getting your skin ready for the summer to fall transition.

What’s Your Skin Doing As Fall Approaches?

First thing’s first: what’s actually happening to your skin during this transition, and why do you need to prepare?

Well, as summer draws to a close, most areas will start experiencing significant weather and environmental changes, and your skin will always respond to these changes and adjust itself accordingly. Specifically:

  • Lower humidity will decrease moisture and strain your skin’s protective lipid barrier.
  • Similarly, dry and cool air can dehydrate skin, leading to redness, flakiness, dullness, and breakouts.

The best thing you can do during this time? Be gentle with your skin and incorporate products that are going to strengthen your natural barrier, provide much-needed moisture, balance redness, and keep breakouts at bay.

Skincare Switches to Prepare You for the Fall

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Here’s what you can do to keep your skin balanced and healthy as we move from summer to fall:

Invest In a Gentle Cream Cleanser

In summertime, our skin is naturally oilier, and we’re spending a lot of time outdoors. This can lead to more grime and dirt on the face -- and you may be reaching for a more stripping cleanser as a result. 

If this is the case, fall is definitely the time to switch to a gentle, cream-based cleanser as your primary face was as we transition into fall. This will help keep your skin from getting irritated as it gets drier and more sensitive with the weather changes.

Use a Restorative Moisturizer

Summer is all about serums and light, gel-like moisturizers that provide adequate hydration without making you feel hot or sticky.

For fall, though, you will need to invest in a restorative moisturizer with a combination of humectants, emollients, and occlusives like:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Ceramides
  • Cocoa seed butter
  • Jojoba oil
  • Aloe vera

This will help draw in water andlock that moisture into your skin, even in the face of dry air and chilly winds.

Continue Using Antioxidants

If you want to combat redness, sensitivity, and oncoming fine lines -- while addressing any, ahem, slight sunburns you might have accumulated over the last few months -- you must incorporate antioxidants into your routine like vitamin C and vitamin E. These powerhouse active ingredients will not only reduce irritation, but also:

  • Reduce the signs of aging
  • Repair damaged skin
  • Accelerate collagen synthesis
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Encourage skin healing

You can learn more about how they work here.

Don’t Forget Your SPF

Just because you might spend more time indoors doesn’tmean that you can start skipping the SPF. Remember, UV exposure is thought to be responsible for 80% of the visible signs of aging. That means that the one simple act of applying SPF regularly can help you look 80% younger over time! Just remember to use sunscreen that offers:

  • Broad spectrum protection
  • An SPF of 30 or higher
  • Water-resistance
  • The right formulation for your skin type

Pumpkin patches and apple picking, here we come!