As we head into fall with its cooler, less humid air, it is time to take inventory of our skin care, and make some changes to our skin care routine. Seasonal changes herald skin and hair changes—most of which are very easy to keep in check with a few tweaks to your skin care routine. The right products will keep fine lines, wrinkles, and flaking dry skin in fall and winter at bay.
In today’s post, we are talking fall skin care for women 50+ and yes, there are a few things that differ in caring for our skin as we age. But there is no reason we can’t have beautiful glowing skin all year around.
Should you change your skin care for fall?
In short, yes, you should change some aspects of your skin care for fall. As you will see, seasonal changes do have an impact on our skin, and to care for and maintain our skin’s health, we need to make adjustments to our skin care routines and the products we use to maintain a healthy glow.
What happens to your skin in Autumn?
In Autumn, the air cools and becomes less humid. With less humidity in the air, our skin becomes slightly dryer. Add indoor heat—which further dries the air, and our skin has the propensity to become even drier. Our skin does change with seasonal changes—in the colder months we find less moisture in the air. Depending on your skin type, your skin will become more dry. This leads to fine lines appearing to be more prominent.
How do you prepare your skin for fall?
Start with an inventory your skin’s condition to ensure you don’t have spots that indicate skin cancer. To do this, check over dark spots and lumps. While you are assessing your skin, note any dry patches, dead skin cells, or other conditions that indicate more care is needed.
Caring for your body:
The start of the season is a good time to do a detox treatment for your skin and body and an evaluation of your skin care routine. It’s the perfect time to switch to heavier moisturizers, and and start cutting back on more drying products, like retinol and AHAs. Look for super moisturizing products heavier moisturizers, and be sure to keep using your SPF.
Avoid hot showers, favoring lukewarm water and increase humidity in indoor spaces to help skin look it’s best during fall and winter. Increase hydration both internally—by increasing fluid intake, and topically by looking for products with active ingredients that hydrate the skin. Moisturizers with squalene are great for this purpose.
By increasing hydration inside and out, your skin will look and feel healthier—so be sure to drink more fluids during the cooler months. Avoid treatments that are drying to the skin like a chemical peel, or AHA’s and retinol.
Making sure your skin care products contain heavy moisturizers for dry arms, hands and legs will keep your skin looking great during fall and winter.
Caring for your face in fall and winter may be a bit challenging, as it is exposed to the elements—rain, wind and cold, dry air. It is in fall and winter that we need to give our facial skin a bit more TLC. Look for skincare products that are made for mature skin, and protect agains environmental damage, and encourage skin cell turnover.
- Give yourself a facial massage with face oil. Massage using upward strokes with a gha or jade roller. Follow with a steamy warm towel, allowing the oil to penetrate the skin, and while you are at it, take some time to relax and enjoy a little pampering. Taking time out to give your self a facial or use a sheet mask once a week is a great way to elevate your skincare routine.
- Switch to a gentle milk, cream cleanser or oil cleanser during the fall and winter months. Using a cleanser with a little more moisturizer will help skin maintain more moisture and a hydrated look.
- Increase your use of moisturizer, especially those that contain vitamin e and use a vitamin c serum to keep skin bright and healthy.
- Using a daily moisturizer with SPF to protect agains uv rays. CC+ creams are a great way to nourish your skin,
Keeping the eye area in check by using moisturizing eye creams with a little firming add in for good measure is a good idea. Use products with squalene for moisture, and _______ to lift and firm the under eye area.
Chapped and peeling lips has been the bane of my existence in recent years. They can be a sign of health problems, so if your lips don’t respond to one of these treatments be sure to check with your physician.
I like to use lip scrubs occasionally, and especially before a lip treatment such as Dr. Roger’s Restore Healing Balm. It helps remove the dead skin and prepares the skin for deeper penetration of the treatment you are using. Dermatologists recommend looking for products with petroleum, lanolin, sea butter, bees wax, ceramics and SPF, and if your lips are very dry, use an ointment instead of lip balms.
Avoid matte lipsticks as they are very drying, opt for Color Science Sunforgettable Lip Gloss or Fresh Tinted Lip Balm to add a little color to your lips while healing and moisturizing.
A word about SPF—make sure you continue to use sun protection in the fall and winter. Avoid sun damage by continuing to use sunscreens with SPF of 30 or higher. Cooler weather doesn’t change the strength of the sun’s rays—including UVA and UVB rays. Lip balms, tinted moisturizers and eye creams all come with SPF and all sorts of great active ingredients like vitamin e, vitamin c and others. Using a daily moisturizer with SPF helps protect against age spots, fine lines and wrinkles year around. DRMTLGY is our favorite.
As we head into fall and winter, take time out to give yourself hydrating facials, and steam treatments. Avoid chemical peels, frequent use of scrubs-and be sure to moisturize when you do use a scrub. When possible use a scarf to cover your mouth and nose when in harsh weather conditions.
Women 50+ often have dryer and more sensitive skin, and it’s so important to care for our skin using the best products to ensure our skin stays hydrated during the cooler months. In addition, exercise, a good diet and plenty of fluids will ensure a healthy, beautiful glow. These tips and products should keep your skin glowing, fine lines at bay and make for a beautiful fall and winter season.