It’s time to say goodbye to sticky, sweaty skin and the summer heat! Because the cooler months are quickly approaching, whether you’re ready or not. But, as great as pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and “cuffing” season are to look forward to in the fall, you might’ve noticed that your skin isn’t as fond of the cooler weather.
During the winter, especially, your skin is prone to more flare-ups, dryness, or irritation due to dry, cool air outside and indoor heat that zaps the moisture out of the surrounding air and your skin.
That’s why fall is the perfect time to start paying closer attention to your skin’s hydration to prepare for the inevitable. So keep reading to learn how you can help your skin retain moisture, and most importantly, avoid being ashy this fall!
Avoid taking hot showers or baths
An extra hot shower sounds nice on a cool day, but the truth is, hot water actually dries out the skin as it strips away the skin’s natural oils. So instead of taking a steaming hot shower, keep your skin as moisturized as possible by opting for lukewarm showers that last no more than 10 minutes.
Apply moisturizer as soon as you cleanse and dry your skin
Unfortunately, your skin will release its moisture unless you trap it in with a sealant. So, if you want your skin to be ash-free for as long as possible during the day, don’t skip on this step. Apply a generous amount of moisturizer to the skin within a few minutes of washing your face or stepping out of the shower.
Add moisture to your space with a humidifier
We know that dry air makes for dry skin, so bring the moisture to you by plugging in a humidifier. Not only will your skin thank you, but your houseplants will love it too!
Don’t go without lip balm
Dry, chapped lips are uncomfortable and even painful at times. Keep your lips moisturized and cared for by including lip balm or petroleum jelly in your skincare routine. If a lip balm stings or burns when you apply it, that’s your cue to switch to a different product.
Exfoliating is excellent for getting rid of dead skin cells and making your skin soft and supple. However, exfoliation also strips the skin of its natural oils in the process. So to avoid drying out your skin, it’s best to cut back on exfoliation during the cooler months.
Keeping your skin moisturized during the fall is essential, and it’ll prepare your skin to shoulder the even colder months ahead. So stay hydrated and hone these tips this fall for healthy, moisturized skin!
Written by Reese Williams