Here comes fall season! Get ready with your sweater, tons of scattered foliage everywhere and of course, dry skin. Autumn can be really cold depending on your location. The extreme cold can cause the skin to dry out, lips to chap and hair to become brittle. For this reason, your skincare routine should be modified to combat the effects of cold weather conditions. Here are 5 fall skincare tips you can follow:
When it gets extremely cold, the best way to protect your skin is by slathering it with moisturizers and creams. Choose a moisturizer or lotion with a thick, almost creamy consistency rather than watery ones. Apply lotion all over your body, including those areas that are not exposed to the environment (chest, back, stomach, buttocks). Apply moisturizing cream to your face and neck before putting on makeup.
Keep on Using Sunscreen
Although it is cold outside, the sun’s rays can still cause harm to the skin. We are still exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays 365 days a year, despite the changes in temperature every season. Did you even know that you should never skip your sunscreen even if it is cloudy outside?
Consider adding serum
Since it can be extra cold, a moisturizer or lotion might not be enough to keep your skin hydrated. To provide further moisturization, consider putting on serum. A serum usually contains essential nutrients needed by the skin. It can contain glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. Unlike moisturizers, serum works by penetrating deep into skin to deliver these essential nutrients. Moisturizers, on the other hand, primarily work as a barrier to protect the skin from the environment.
Keep a tube of lip balm at all times
One area of the body that commonly suffers during cold season is the lip. It can get really dry, cracked and chapped. It can be a bit challenging to apply lipstick or lip gloss as the lips can get flaky and can cause feathering. To prevent lips from being damaged, always apply lip balm. If possible, choose a lip balm enriched with vitamins and natural oils for quick repair and moisturization, respectively.
Change to an oil-laden shower gel
Taking long, hot showers can strip the skin of its natural moisture. During fall and winter season, skin dryness after bathing can be aggravated. To help replenish the lost moisture, it recommended that you add oil to your favorite shower gel or choose one with olive oil, rose oil, or coconut cream in it.
Apart from these tips, it is also advised to stay hydrated at all times. Drink plenty of water since the cold can cause you to urinate frequently on top of drying out the skin. Take vitamin C supplements to keep skin healthy. Help protect your skin, hair and nails by wearing appropriate clothing such as long sleeves, sweaters, closed shoes and a hat. The more protected your skin is from the harsh weather, the less stress there would be.
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