As we transition from the sweltering summer nights into the dry and cool fall days, it's a good time to revise our skincare routine. In addition to the cooler temperatures, the season's drop in humidity can lead to dry, flaking skin - but have no fear; we have tips to help keep your skin soft and nourished this fall!
1. Avoid long exposures to hot water. Nothing feels better than a hot tub on a brisk fall night, but long exposure to hot water (including showers) will inflame and dehydrate your skin quickly. Keep your water lukewarm and be sure to pat your skin dry, rather than rubbing it, to avoid excessive exfoliation and to help retain the water moisture.
2. Don't over-exfoliate. Too much exfoliation can lead to micro-abrasions in the skin, accelerating your loss of hydration and causing inflammation. CLARISMA's "Malibu Blush" is a gentle alternative to grainy scrubs. This exfoliating scrub uses a fruit-enzyme gel base derived from papaya, pineapple, and caviar lime for enzymatic exfoliation, plus smooth luffa-fruit fibers that roll over the skin gently. This combination of exfoliating elements gives you a smooth, even finish without sacrificing moisture.
3. Use a heavier, more hydrating moisturizer. To combat the dry weather change, a heavy night cream will add more moisture to your skin. Adding a hyaluronic acid-based serum or sheet mask to your routine will also help keep your skin soft and glowing. CLARISMA's "Namaste Glow Energizing Mask" is a wonderful addition to your fall routine to add extra moisture to parched and stressed skin. It uses soothing Monoi Oil, hydrating Kokum butter, and a blend of 12 nutrient-rich Brazilian clays to renew dull skin, clear impurities, and replenish lost moisture.
4. Add a thick moisturizing body lotion to your daily routine if your body is feeling dry and itchy. Used alongside "Cali Dreaming Cream" for your face, a rich body lotion will help keep your skin nourished and create a barrier against dry air and the rub of heavier clothing. Don't forget to show your heels and elbows a little extra love at night, as these areas have thicker skin. A layer of a heavy occlusive will really help.
5. Continue to wear a high-SPF sunscreen every day! Sunscreen isn't just for the summer - it's a year round product. UV rays are one of the leading causes of skin cancer and premature aging, so be sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin (face, neck, arms, hands) before heading out. This extra layer will also help to retain moisture in the skin. Look for extra-hydrating sunscreen formulas in the fall.
6. Add a humidifier to your room. Adding a humidifier to your bedroom or other high-traffic rooms is a simple way to cut the dryness in the air. By adding humidity you will help keep your skin from cracking, flaking and peeling.
7. Drink even more water! Sometimes it's hard to remember to stay hydrated throughout the day, especially when it's cooler, but now is the time to add even more water to guard your skin against dryness. In addition to drinking water, try adding water-heavy foods like cucumbers, watermelon, berries and salad into your daily diet. Bored with water? Try teas and fruit-infused water.
8. Don't forget to dress for the elements. It's not called sweater-weather for nothing. Protect your skin with a layer of soft clothing to prevent wind-chapping and dryness from cold air.