Important skin care rules to live by as we head into fall.
Original Article by Courtney Leiva. https://www.totalbeauty.com/content/slideshows/fall-skin-care-tips-181003#QD9aAs1FK5xLKFbU.99
Don't Stop Using Your Sunscreen
Use a Humidifier to Add Moisture to Your Environment
“As temperatures plummet, we’ll be turning up the heat, which is oftentimes dry air,” Bard says. Don’t forget to run your humidifier to ensure your skin and mucous membranes (eyes, lips, nose) don’t start drying out, she advises. If you're feeling especially sassy, you can throw in some essential oils and get your aromatherapy on while you're staying moist. *Yes, I said it. Moist* (Please make sure it's okay to use essential oils in your model humidifier first. Not all humidifiers are created equal!)
Stick With Lighter, Humectant-Based Moisturizer
In the cooler seasons, skin requires frequent moisturization, but Bard says that a thicker moisturizer isn’t necessarily better. “Thick, emollient moisturizers tend to contain occlusive ingredients (such as petrolatum, dimethicone, beeswax and lanolin) that help prevent moisture loss from the skin, but they can also clog pores, leading to folliculitis and miliaria,” she says. Bard suggests looking for lighter, humectant-based moisturizers that contain ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin) that pull water into the skin and don't clog pores.
Be Extra Cautious of the Lip Balms You Use
“Certain commercial lip balms contain ingredients that can act as an irritant or allergen for some,” Bard says. Try a nice natural Ugly lip balm for happy, plump winter lips.
Decrease Your Retinol Usage
Don't Take Too Many Hot Showers
Goldenberg says that a hot shower may feel great on a cold fall morning, but it will also dry out your skin. Instead, he recommends taking a lukewarm shower and applying moisturizer all over the body afterward. I'm a big fan of using an ugly moisturizing sugar scrub to buff off the dead skin and add a heavy dose of moisturizing oils so apply lotion is optional but not necessary after showering!
“Over-exfoliation exposes skin, weakens skin-barrier function and, in some cases, triggers inflammation,” Engelman says. If the barrier function is damaged, the skin becomes vulnerable to infection from microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungus, and leads to sensitivity and irritation. And even if the barrier function isn’t visibly damaged, she says that the skin may experience a low amount of inflammation (called chronic inflammation), which prematurely ages skin over time.
Never forget, we only get one skin. Take proper care of it so it lasts longer than you need it.