Autumn is here and there are many things we love about autumn: new clothes, nice TV, pumpkin-flavoured food, etc. But there are some things that we don’t like. The way the changing weather can harm our skin. If you are anything like me, the indoor heating and falling humidity levels will dry out your skin. But it doesn’t have to be like this. In this article you can find five golden tips to stop dry skin this season before the cold kicks in.
Start using oils.
Dr. Amy Wechsler, world-famous dermatologist suggests safflower oil as a body moisturizer. She explains that this everyday cooking oil is a perfect moisturizer because it contains a high content of linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is a fatty acid which skin usually makes to keep its barrier function and moisture level up intact.
Layer your products.
Layering isn’t just for your clothes. If you apply a hydrating serum before your moisturizer, you can help provide your skin an additional layer of protection, just like an undershirt under your shirt will keep you warmer.
Crank up your humidifier.
There is more humidity in the air during the summer months so your skin is dewier and softer. You can run a humidifier while you sleep to create a more skin-friendly climate. You don’t have one. Here are two very effective DIY tricks that can help you add moisture to your bedroom – you can place your wet towels to dry in your bedroom or put a dish of water on top of your radiator.
Use different cleanser.
The cleanser you use in the summer months to remove oil and sweat off your face can be too strong for the autumn months. Dr. Debra Jaliman, author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist and a famous dermatologist, explains that in the winter months, the best thing is to use different cleanser before it gets cold. She recommends using a mild cleanser with glycerine or ceramides from an exfoliating cleanser. She recommends CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser.
Switch out your exfoliator.
Dr. Jennifer Linder, dermatologist and Director of PCA Skin, suggests that in the colder months we should use products that contain lactic acid instead of products that contain glycolic acid. She explains that glycolic acid is a little molecule which penetrates fast and it is very effective for breakout-prone and dry skin. She also explains that lactic acid is a bigger molecule which penetrates slower and they also provide hydrating benefits. Most skin types will have more benefits from lactic acid during the cold, dry winter months. She recommends PCA Skin Smoothing Toner because it contains citric acid and lactic acid which help refine your pores.