As the leaves turn orange and the air cools, fall is among us. We welcome the new season after a hot summer, but our skin does not. Making the proper adjustments to your skincare routine is crucial for preventing skin damage and breakouts. Follow these steps to keep your skin healthy, hydrated and glowing!

Switch from your lightweight summer face wash to a heavier one. A strong lightweight face wash is great for the summer months as it removes all traces of dirt and grime from your sweaty summer skin. But in the fall, it will strip your skin of its natural oils. A creamy wash will effectively remove makeup and grime to hydrate your skin at the same time.

Use a heavy creamy moisturizer in the fall. During the summer months, it is best to use a light or gel moisturizer to keep your pores from getting clogged. In the fall months, it is crucial to keep your pores thoroughly moisturized to keep your skin’s protective barrier strong. This barrier prevents dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells from getting trapped inside the pores. It gives your skin the oomph it needs to ward off external invaders!

Amp up the hydration by incorporating oils into your skincare routine. If you find yourself with extra dry skin and moisturizer is just not cutting it for you, add an oil-based serum into your skincare routine. This step comes after using a creamy moisturizer. Oil not only seals in moisture, but it also delivers vital nutrients to your skin such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Be sure to choose oils that won’t clog your pores.

Exfoliate often. As the weather cools down, your skin will become dry. It is important to exfoliate often to remove these dead skin cells from your skin. You want to exfoliate often but very gently. It is important not to skip this step because allowing dead skin cells to sit on your skin, clogs your pores and prevents the moisturizer you are using from penetrating deeper layers of skin.

This transition of your skincare will plump up your skin just in time for the holiday season!

By Dr. Nirali Patel