As sad as it sounds, summer has come to an end. But the golden autumn lies ahead – a time of warm plaids and warming drinks. Skincare experts tell us how to look after your skin at this time of year.
The off-season is not the most pleasant time for our skin: it becomes dry, flaky, and red. “Add to that the dry, warm air from the heaters and you risk getting eczema or itchiness,” says dermatologist Shari Marchbain. At the same time, autumn is the perfect time to rethink your beauty routine. “These small changes can make a big difference in the long run,” explains dermatologist Mona Gohara.
“It’s time to replenish your moisture supply with a thicker hydrator,” says Marchbain. For colder seasons, the expert recommends an oily cream with ceramides – essential fatty acids found naturally in the skin.
The fastest way to prevent a dry body? That’s right – use a moisturizing lotion. “Such products create a protective barrier that allows moisture to be retained and drawn to the outer layer of the skin,” says Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital Dermatology.
According to Elizabeth Tanzi, associate professor of dermatology at George Washington University School of Medicine, it’s worth limiting the use of retinoids and glycolic acid in autumn. “Excessive exfoliation can create tiny cracks in the skin, which can lead to moisture loss and inflammation,” explains Joshua Zeichner.
Dry air is another threat to the epidermis. “Low humidity levels worsen the skin’s natural water barrier, provoking flaking and dryness,” explains dermatologist Dandy Engelman. The ideal way to avoid this nuisance is to use a humidifier.