How to Transition Your Skincare Routine From Summer to Fall
Even if you perfected your skincare routine, it’s likely that it needs a few adjustments in order to keep your skin soft and supple as we etch our way into fall. Cold weather does more than just dry out your skin – it causes redness, flakiness, and even breakouts. Keep your skin cozy and feeling it’s best with our five essential cool-weather tips.
SIMPURE Seasonal Skincare Tips
- Limit hot showers
There’s nothing better than a steamy shower after a long day. With winter and fall comes dry, cold air, which strips your skin of its natural oils. Excessively hot water has the same effect, pulling away precious moisture and exacerbating dry skin. We're not saying you have to switch to Scandinavian cold plunges, but try to keep daily showers lukewarm. Once a week, a nice, long soak in the tub with spa-worthy bath salts is perfectly fine.
- Switch to cream-based cleansers
Light cleansers are perfect for summer. They’re not too heavy, and wash away sweat and oil caused by the humidity. Fall and winter bring cold temperatures and an arid climate – a combo that pulls moisture from your skin, leaving it dry and cracked. You need to double-up on moisture with a rich cleanser. A good cool-weather cleanser removes impurities, protects your lipid barrier, and hydrates your skin.
- Use a dense moisturizer
Save your light-weight moisturizer for summer. During the cooler months, you should be applying a good moisturizer at least twice a day. Look for one with natural humectants (absorbs water in skin) and emollients (locks moisture in). Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant used in some moisturizers that acts as both a humectant and emollient. Once you find your perfect moisturizer, lather it on liberally. Don’t be shy about it – if you look like Robin Williams’ Mrs. Doubtfire after they dove face-first into a frosted cake, then you’re doing it right.
- Use SPF
Sure, the sun sets earlier and it’s cold outside. But even on an overcast day, UV rays penetrate the skin, increasing the risk of skin cancer and causing premature aging. Choose a sunscreen with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, as they block UVA and UVB rays. Apply SPF every day, and several times a day if you’re spending a lot of time outside. Make sure your skin is safe as you ski, snowboard, and hike.
- Apply a hydrating serum
You may be able to get away without using a serum in the summer. During fall and winter, however, your skin will need that added boost of hydration. Serums contain even smaller, more potent molecules than moisturizer, meaning they can penetrate your skin more deeply than a moisturizer. A good serum is a must-have, and comes in varieties to treat specific conditions like redness, dullness, and aging.
We hope you embrace all the best parts of fall (like pumpkin spice everything) and enjoy healthy, happy skin all season long. Need some extra help finding out which products work best for your skin? No problem. We created a skin-type guide to help you find your perfect skincare collection.