The transition from summer to fall includes squeezing in last-minute trips to the lake and beginning a Pinterest board for your fall fashion wish list, plus one very important thing you may have forgotten: skin care. Updating your skincare routine before the seasons change is perhaps one of the most important steps you should be doing right now. This is especially true if you have dry skin that is easily irritated in the wintertime.
As temperatures drop, you’ll want to begin transitioning your summer skincare routine to one that meets your needs during the cold winter months. You may find yourself adjusting certain parts of your routine and swapping out other elements altogether to create the best regimen for your skin.
Here are seven steps you should take now, before fall is in full swing:
- Invest in a rich night cream — Keep your skin hydrated during the colder months of the year to avoid dryness, redness, and flakiness. Apply after cleansing your skin at night before bedtime.
- Switch to a heavier daily moisturizer (with SPF!) — Stick with your daily moisturizer if it contains at least SPF 30. Otherwise, look for a good moisturizer that keeps your skin hydrated after applying your makeup.
- Stock up on body lotion and lip balm — Apply body lotion immediately after every shower to keep your skin hydrated. Purchase a few lip balm options and keep them in easy-to-reach locations including your desk, purse, car, and bedside table to keep your lips from drying out and cracking in the cold.
- Switch to hydrating cleansers and masks — Summertime is for the clay masks, cleansers, and toners, but look for more hydration in the fall and winter to keep your skin healthy. Look for gentle products that hydrate while cleansing your skin of the daily muck it encounters.
- Buy a silk pillowcase — It may seem like an indulgence, and it is, but silk is a much gentler fabric for your skin and hair while laying your head down for bed. A silk pillowcase can help reduce redness, dryness, and unflattering breakouts.
- Try a makeup/skin care hybrid — The genius of new products on the market is they are both a makeup product and a skincare product. Switching out the matte-finish foundation for a hydrating BB cream can do wonders for hydrating your skin as the temperatures drop.
- Don’t neglect your hands and nails — Protecting your hands in the summer can often include slapping sunscreen on them. Once fall arrives, transition to a hand cream that provides hydration with a non-greasy feel. Rub your hand cream from the wrists to the cuticles of your nails every night before you go to bed to allow your skin time to absorb all the hydration.
Learn more fall skincare tips from Bustle.com.
Are you unsure of what products you need for your skincare routine this fall? Consult our skincare aestheticians at Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center for expert advice for your fall skin care regimen. Or call us today at (913) 317-9386 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to discuss what skin products are best for you.