Changing seasons means changing up your beauty regimen. Now that fall is here, chances are you've changed up your wardrobe (cable knit sweaters and patterned tights, anyone?), but have you thought about changing up your skincare regimen?
You: Do I really need to "winterize" my lotions and potions?
Us: Yep! What works for your skin in the hot, summer months might not be as effective once it starts to get chilly. In fact, cooler temps and windy weather can do a real number on your skin, leaving it feeling dry, sensitive, and itchy.
Here are 6 tried and true ways to prevent wicked weather from leaving your skin dry n' dull:
Nab a heavy-duty moisturizer: Thick sweaters aren't the only thing to pile on this season. Trade in your lightweight moisturizer for a heavy-duty version. It will create a barrier between your skin and dry, moisture-zapping air. (One to try: Neutrogena SPF 15 Intensified Day Moisturizer, $11.99)
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Put out the flame: Irksome things like allergies, rosacea, and ruddy complexions tend to flare up during seasonal transitions. To keep irritated skin at bay, invest in anti-inflammatory or anti-redness skincare products. (One to try: Philosophy Keep The Peace Soothing Instant Relief Mask For Redness and Sensitivity, $40)
Keep the Peace
Dial back on your exfoliation: While exfoliation is a skincare must, start using scrubs and acid-based products less frequently during cooler months to prevent flaking or irritation. Instead, consider an oil or cream-based scrub, which will both exfoliate and hydrate. (One to try: L'Occitane Ultra Rich Face Scrub With Shea Butter, $34)
Pick a cleanser that's gentle and sensitive (you know, like your dream fella): Crisp weather brings drier air (which potentially means dried-out, irritated skin), but by picking a cleanser that's non-drying and designed to be extra gentle, you can stave off dryness and irritation. (One to try: Kiehl's Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser, $20)Kiehl's
Get lippy: Kiss chapped or cracked lips goodbye with balm designed for fall/winter weather. Your best bet is an oil-based balm (containing beeswax or petroleum), which will keep your lips hydrated and smooth, not to mention provide a protective layer against the elements. (One to try: Jack Black Intense Therapy SPF 25 Lip Balm, $7.50)
Don't skip the SPF: Just because the summer sun is hibernating doesn't mean you should stop (or scrimp) on sunscreen. Unfortunately, the sun can harm your skin year 'round (causing things like wrinkles and dark spots). Make sure to apply SPF on that pretty mug of yours daily, not to mention other exposed areas like your hands and chest. (One to try: L'Oreal Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen Hydra Lotion Spray SPF 30, $9.99)
Take that, seasonal climate changes! No signs of dry, dull skin on our radar screen! Now, the only thing you'll have to worry about is deciding between the pumpkin or gingerbread latte!
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