As the leaves begin to change and the air gets a little cooler, it's time to switch up your skincare routine. The autumn climate can wreak havoc on our skin, but luckily there are some easy ways to keep that skin looking healthy and hydrated.
The first thing to do is cleanse your skin.
This is probably the most important step in any skincare routine, so don't skip it! You should be using a gentle cleanser that's not irritating or drying. If you have sensitive skin, look for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and ceramides (a type of lipid). Don’t over-scrub—gently massage your face in circular motions while applying light pressure on dry areas only (like around the nose).
You can also use an exfoliating glove or washcloth if you want to get more thorough at removing dead surface cells. Avoid toners and face masks because they’re usually too harsh for this time of year—they might even cause irritation if applied after cleansing but before moisturizing! If your face feels tight after cleansing, apply some lighter moisturizers instead of heavier ones until winter rolls around again when we all need more hydration anyway!
Exfoliation is an important step. Exfoliation is an important step in any skincare routine. It helps remove dead skin cells and debris to reveal smoother, brighter skin. It also reduces breakouts, helps reduce hyperpigmentation (the spots left behind by acne), helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduces inflammation, redness and pore size.
It’s important to know that exfoliation does not mean scrubbing your face with a brush or washcloth! Using too much pressure may cause irritation—and even worse—damage the healthy barrier function of the skin (also known as the acid mantle). Instead of scrubbing, try chemical exfoliants like AHA or BHA products once or twice a week instead.
Because our skin gets more dry in the autumn, you need to increase the moisture. Keep your skin from drying out: Use a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and glycerin in the morning and at night before bedtime.
Try a hydrating mask. These masks contain ingredients like aloe vera, rose water, and cucumber extract that can help soothe dry skin and restore moisture. Apply these masks once or twice per week for best results! Use a serum in between moisturizers (or even instead of one if your skin is very dry). Serums are light-weight liquids that contain active ingredients such as antioxidants or retinoids which are designed to target specific issues like acne breakouts or wrinkles respectively! Moisturize around your eyes too by using an eye cream containing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid (which helps lock in moisture) along with shea butter (to keep those fine lines at bay).
Use this routine consistently and you'll see a huge difference in the tone and texture of your skin by October. Consistency is key. If you're going to commit to a skin care routine, then commit. Don't treat it like an assignment or chore—make it part of your daily life and don't skip days. Don't forget about sunscreen! Just because the sun isn't blazing at full power doesn't mean you should skip this step in your routine. Remember that UV rays are always present during the summer, even if they aren't glaring down at us directly.
Don’t overdo it with the exfoliating! We all love a good scrubbing session, but too much exfoliation can make your skin red and irritated (and lead to breakouts). Be sure not to overdo it when using products like scrubs or cleansing brushes on your face—the gentler option is usually better for sensitive skin types! Don’t forget moisturizer! You know that dullness we get after a long day? That comes from dehydration, which means our skin needs some hydration back in its life ASAP. Make sure there are no tight spots on your face after applying moisturizer; if there's any feeling of tightness at least once per day then apply more liberally than usual until those areas have been sufficiently hydrated again.''