Fall has officially landed, and it’s time to rethink how you’re treating your skin. While summer on the East Coast feels anything but dry, air conditioning and summertime activities can leave your skin dehydrated, flaky, and dull as the seasons change.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make sure you enter the cooler seasons with a beautiful glow. Check out our top 5 fall skincare tips, best practices, and awesome product recommendations.
1. Master the perfect exfoliation balance
Every fall or winter skincare listicle urges readers to exfoliate, and while we agree with the sentiment, it’s important to know how to do it without harming your skin. The key to healthy looking skin is to occasionally rid it of built up dead or damaged skin cells, which can make your skin look dull and flaky. Exfoliating tools and products are a great way to do this, as long as you pay attention to what your skin is telling you and do it in moderation.
Best practices: We recommend exfoliating just a few times a week, though there’s no single rule that applies to every person. Our tip is to get to know your skin; if you’re noticing some dullness or flakes of dry skin in typical problem areas (t-zone, around the nose, chin, etc.), break out the exfoliant. If your skin seems inflamed, feels a little rough, or you experience discomfort of any kind, give it a rest. Always moisturize immediately after exfoliation.
Products we ❤: ZO® Medical offers physician-grade products with clinically proven ingredients—and we love their exfoliating options. The Offects Exfoliating Polish is a great choice for all skin types, and its ultra-fine magnesium crystals provide gentle but effective removal of dead skin cells.
Ensuring your skin is thoroughly moisturized not only helps keep your skin soft and protected in the short-term, it can also improve your long-term skin health, suppleness, and appearance.
2. Moisturize and protect every day
It may sound obvious, but we’re including this tip because it really is one of the best things you can do for your skin—regardless of your skin type. Ensuring your skin is thoroughly moisturized with high-quality, nourishing creams not only helps keep your skin soft and protected in the short-term, it can also improve your long-term skin health, suppleness, and appearance.
Best practices: Use your favorite moisturizing cream at least twice a day. At night time, make sure to choose something rich that won’t clog your pores. In the morning, layer with sunscreen to keep your skin protected from the sun.
Products we ❤: EltaMD offers deep yet gentle cleansers, intense moisturizers, and innovative formulas that repair the visible signs of aging.
3. Swap out your summer products
The light lotions, alcohol-based toners, and oil-zapping cleansers of summer often won’t do for fall and winter. With the cooler, drier weather, you’ll want to focus on nourishing products that won’t dry your skin out, so trade your lighter face and body products for richer alternatives.
Best practices: Shower gels smell great and make you feel squeaky clean, but they can dehydrate your skin. To feel soft from head to toe, use a creamy cleanser in the shower and finish off with a little body oil or in-shower lotion. Same goes for your face: avoid harsh cleansers and stick with gentle, alcohol-free toners.
Products we ❤: For your body, you can’t go wrong with ZO’s Correcting Hand and Body Scrub. This product is oil-based, so you’ll be hydrating as you exfoliate away dead skin cells. If you’re wondering what you’ll do without your go-to astringent, try ZO Medical’s Balatone Calming Toner. It helps keep your skin fresh and clean without drying it. As an added bonus, it helps balance your skin’s pH.
4. “Total body wellness” isn’t just a fad
“You are what you eat” isn’t just an overused phrase. What you put in your body and how you treat it is just as important as the products you put on your skin.
Studies have shown that upping the amount of probiotics in your diet not only improves your gut health and immune system, it can also reduce acne inflammations.
In addition to incorporating healthy, whole foods (and reducing intake of sugar, saturated fats, and processed foods) into your diet, try adding a probiotic supplement to improve the health of your skin. Studies have shown that upping the amount of probiotics in your diet not only improves your gut health and immune system, it can also reduce acne inflammations.
Best practices: Avoid sugars, exercise daily, eat plenty of antioxidant rich foods, and drink lots of water; while it takes effort, each of these practices are key to basically every celebrity’s enviable glow. For good measure, boost your gut health with probiotics—while yogurt or kefir, kimchi, and unpasteurized kombucha all have good bacteria, the best way to support your microbiome is with a daily supplement.
Products we ❤: A quick Google search or trip to your local pharmacy will yield a veritable gold mine of probiotic brands—and it can be difficult figuring out where to start. What works best for you will depend on your goals, budget, and dosing preference. Whatever brand you choose, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting a variety of strains.
- Make sure your product of choice includes L. acidophilus, B. longum, and B. bifidum bacteria strains.
- Some of the bacteria won’t make it through your digestive system, so look for a product that has at least 1-2 million CFU (“colony forming units”)
- Check the expiration date on the bottle and follow any refrigeration instructions to ensure your probiotics stay alive.
5. Get a professional treatment
Your at-home routine has a big impact on the health and beauty of your skin, but you can’t beat professional treatments for visibly boosting your skin’s appearance. Maintaining an ongoing relationship with your aesthetician or skin care professional is one of the best ways to keep your skin happy, improve its health and strength, and keep issues at bay.
Best practices: Always work with a physician-supervised skincare professional; that way you can know you are getting proven safe treatments and products, correctly administered. It’s also important that, once you find an aesthetician you like, you stick with them as time passes and visit them regularly. That will allow them to observe your skin health throughout the year and make specific recommendations.
Treatments we ❤: Treatments that help your skin produce more collagen are great for fall and winter, as they can help your skin protect itself from drying heat and weather. We offer a number of medical-grade skincare treatments that yield beautiful results, including professional skin resurfacing treatments and photo rejuvenation.
Bonus: To help you kick-start your new fall skincare routine, we’re running some great skincare specials! This October, enjoy 20% off all of our chemical peels. Every new peel patient will also get a skin evaluation, and all peels come with post-care products.
Contact us today to get started; we’d love to help you achieve and maintain fabulous skin all year long! Our skincare specialists have years of experience guiding patients to the right products and treatments for safely and successfully improving their skin.