With the leaves starting to change here in the Northeast, we all know fall in full swing and it’s time to talk skin. Autumn brings cooler temperatures and a drop in humidity, which wreaks havoc on skin. Add in dry heat from radiators, and it’s a setup for skin nightmares including dry skin and eczema.
To avoid the flaky and itchy skin from head to toe, here are the five top tips from dermatologists to thwart autumnal skin-related freak-outs.
Switch Up Your Moisturizer
It’s time to set aside the lightweight, oil-free moisturizer you’ve been slathering on all summer and switch to a richer hydrator. Dermatologists recommends a heavy cream made with ceramides, which are the essential and contain healthy fatty acids that occur naturally in the skin but need to be replenished during the colder months. A top pic
Add a body lotion to the mix
Summer is humid! But when the humidity ends, skin may start to feel dry and itchy, as there is much less moisture in the air to help hydrate. The most efficient way to quell the itch? Load up on hydration — from head to toe. Moisturizers offer both a protective barrier over the skin keeping moisture in and good ones are designed to draw in hydration to the outer skin layer.
Cut back on exfoliating
As the weather gets chilly, it’s time to cut back on stronger ingredients, like retinoids and glycolic acid. Instead, dermatologists suggest using glycolic treatment pads or a mask no more than once a week to help remove dead skin cells and discoloration caused by exposure from the summer sun.
Consider a facial
Fall is the best time to treat your skin! After the sun of summer and heading into the colder and drier weather, now is the best time! Consider a ultra hydrating facial to combat the change of seasons.
Invest in a humidifier
The environment plays a huge role in the hydration of your skin and colder temperatures produce dryer, harsher air. Start to boost the hydration inside your home by adding your own moisturizer to the mix with the help of a humidifier. As soon as the heat goes on, be sure the humidifier goes on too.
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