Fall has arrived, and with that comes the changing of weather. New fall skin care tips are recommended because most people may see slight changes to their skin during the cooler fall months. Are you looking to change up your fall skin care routine? Here are 5 fall skin care tips for keeping your skin healthy and beautiful all season long.
1. Re-address your anti-aging routine.
Some anti-aging products, such as tretinoin or retinol can be drying to the skin. In the fall and winter months you may want to decrease their use to every other day, and you’ll definitely want to apply a thick moisturizer afterwards.
2. Assess your sun damage.
This may be one of the most important fall skin care tips because fall is a great time to take a look at the sun damage you’ve gotten over the summer. This may mean making an appointment for a skin exam to be sure you don’t have a skin cancer or pre-cancer. Or, it could mean deciding that you want to lighten brown sun spots. This can be done with an over-the-counter agent such as kojic acid, a prescription lightening cream like hydroquinone, or an in-office cosmetic treatment such as a chemical peel or laser.
3. Exfoliate, but not too often.
An exfoliating scrub is be a great way to get rid of the top layer of dull, dry skin. Reach for one 1-2 times a week during the fall, but not more often than that. Over-exfoliating can lead to irritation and worsen some skin conditions, such as acne.
4. Pick up a new hand and foot cream.
Fall and winter can be tough on the hands and feet. Thickened, cracked skin in these areas can be painful and even itchy. It’s much easier preventing this from happening than to try to improve it once it has. Look for a thick hand and foot cream that comes in a tube or jar. Apply it to the feet in the morning and night and to the hands several times throughout the day, especially after hand washing. Looking for a good cream to use? We recommend Vu Skin System’s Ageless Hand and Foot Cream that also contains retinol to help prevent signs of aging hands.
5. Get out that humidifier.
The biggest patient concern we see in our office in the fall and winter is itchy skin. In the vast majority of cases it is due to dry skin. While moisturizing creams can be very helpful, a humidifier is an easy non-greasy way to get moisture back in your skin. Run it nightly to prevent that winter itch!
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