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Transitioning Your Skin Care Routine for Fall: 6 Tips for Healthy Skin


As the leaves start to change and the air becomes cooler, it’s the time of year we start switching our wardrobe choices to sweaters and scarves, but those chillier temperatures also mean switching your skin care routine for those cozier days of fall.  Fall can bring its own set of challenges for skin as the cooler temperatures lead to less moisture in the air and decreased humidity levels. This shift and dry heat from radiators and heaters can make it harder for your skin to retain moisture, leading to irritation and dryness.   

As the weather gets cooler, it’s essential to hydrate and protect your skin. Welcome the start of fall by adding these tips to your skin care regimen and keep your skin healthy and glowing.  

Hydration is Key 

One of the most significant changes your skin will face with the changing of the seasons is the drop in humidity levels. Lower humidity levels can lead to dehydration, making your skin feel tight and flaky. To combat this, swap out your lightweight summer moisturizer with a thicker one which will help your skin retain moisture. While an oil-free product may have worked well during the summer, you may need something heavier to prevent dryness. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides, which help lock in moisture and repair your skin’s barrier.  

Exfoliate Wisely 

While exfoliation is essential year-round, it is important to be mindful of your approach during the fall. Cooler temperatures can make your skin more sensitive, so opt for gentler exfoliation methods. Consider using chemical exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) a few times a week to slough off dead skin cells and encourage cell turnover. 

Sunscreen is Still a Must 

Don’t be fooled by the cooler weather – UV rays are still present (even on cloudy days)! Sunscreen should always be a non-negotiable in your skincare routine.  Look for a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher and apply it every morning, even if you don’t plan on spending a lot of time outdoors. Sunscreen not only protects your skin from harmful UV damage but also helps prevent premature aging and hyperpigmentation.  

Adjust Your Cleansing Routine 

Consider switching to a creamier, more hydrating cleanser for the fall. This will help prevent your skin from feeling stripped and tight after cleansing. Avoid hot water, as it can further dehydrate your skin. Opt for lukewarm water instead to maintain your skin's moisture balance. 

Introduce Antioxidants 

Fall is a great time to introduce antioxidant-rich products into your skincare routine. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E, help protect your skin from environmental stressors and free radicals. They also promote collagen production, which can keep your skin looking youthful. Incorporate a vitamin C serum or antioxidant-packed moisturizer into your routine for added protection and radiance. 

Lip Care 

Your lips are often the first to suffer from dry, windy fall weather. To keep them soft and supple, exfoliate gently with a lip scrub and follow up with a hydrating lip balm or mask. Look for lip products with ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, or ceramides to provide long-lasting moisture. 

Facials and Skin Care at Massage Heights  

Transitioning your skincare routine for the cooler fall temperatures doesn't have to be a daunting task. By following these tips, you can help your skin stay healthy, hydrated, and radiant throughout the autumn season. Remember that consistency is key, and it may take some trial and error to find the perfect products for your skin type. Our licensed skin therapists at Massage Heights can help you achieve healthy, glowing skin despite seasonal challenges. Call your local Retreat to learn more about our personalized facial and skin services.