As the temperature drops, your skin has to work harder to maintain adequate moisture. And less moisture doesn’t just mean drier skin, it can also lead to redness, dullness, and wrinkles.
Here’s how to alter your skincare routine for the cooler months ahead.
Cleansing sets the stage for the rest of your routine. In the summer, we often recommend using an exfoliating gel or clay cleanser to help clear excess oil. But in the cooler months, a gentler, hydrating cream cleanser might be the more comfortable option. Of course, this all depends on your unique skin and goals, so it’s best to consult your skincare expert before making the change.
Cold weather and central heating rob your skin of essential moisture, so it’s important to offset the moisture loss with a hydrating night cream that will reinvigorate and rehydrate your skin. Look for ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, and Sodium PCA.
It’s easy to forget SPF in the fall because we don’t associate this season with sunshine. That said, damaging UVA rays (the ones that cause wrinkles) don’t weaken in the fall—even when the sun is hiding behind clouds.
Exfoliation is generally associated with oiliness and warm weather, but it’s equally important during the colder months, especially as we transition. Summer buildup can lead to dead skin cells, leading to dullness, emphasized wrinkles, and clogged pores.
This might be the hardest one on this list. While long, hot showers can feel great, they can also damage your natural moisture barrier and lead to dryness, redness, wrinkles, and discomfort.