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Adopt habits like vitamin C, sunscreen, and moisturizer to fight fall skincare issues.
Exfoliate weekly and use products with hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
Get enough sleep and use a silk pillowcase for anti-aging and skin benefits.
Drink water and use lip balm to hydrate your body during the dry fall and winter.
The leaves are shifting to beautiful hues of amber, red, and gold. PSLs (pumpkin spice lattes) have replaced iced macchiatos. Cozy sweaters are everywhere. And, there's something else changing:
Your skincare routine!
Seriously, if you want to keep that amazing glow of yours, you'll need to adopt a new, fall skincare routine. Seasonal lifestyle and weather changes can lead to dry skin, irritation, and inflammation.
But don't stress! Improving your skincare for a fall regimen won't be difficult.
From applying sunscreen to sleeping on a silk pillowcase, there are plenty of easy ways to combat fall skincare woes.
Why Your Skin Needs an Extra Boost in Fall
If you've been feeling dry, you're not alone. Dry skin, irritation, redness, and inflammation are common skin concerns that many experience during this time of year.
The skin barrier gets disrupted in autumn due to rapid weather changes like dry air, harsh winds, lower humidity, and temperature drops. Once the skin's barrier is no longer intact, dry, cold, and windy air will quickly suck moisture out of your skin, leading to discomfort and dull-looking skin.
But, we can't only blame the weather.
In the colder months, who doesn't love to take showers with hot water and crank up the thermostat!? Fall is the perfect time to cozy up indoors, but remember—hot showers and central heating contribute to drier skin and inflammation.
Now you know why this lovely season isn't so lovely for your skin. So, let's get into some ways to combat fall's unfortunate "side-effects."
The following fall skincare tips will keep you from suffering this season!
Fall Skincare Routine Habits to Adopt
Skincare for fall doesn't have to be dramatically different from the rest of the year.
The priorities for autumn are to help your skin recover from summer, protect it from seasonal changes, and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
The following are 5 important steps to include in your fall skincare routine:
Vitamin C will help you say goodbye to dull skin and uneven skin tone. But these aren't the only reasons why it's an essential part of a fall skin care routine.
Applying a serum that contains vitamin C will help address the issues your summer skin has been struggling with. It's best to treat those before heading into the colder months when your skin will be hit with even more weather changes.
Plus, vitamin C helps improve sun-exposed skin, remedy wrinkles and fine lines, and protect skin from free radicals. (Psst—vitamin C is an important component of collagen production).
Apply sunscreen. Sun exposure isn't just a concern during the bright summer months. Exposure to UVB and UVA rays happens year-round—even while you're indoors, through your windows. If you don't wear protective sunscreen, sun damage will not only age your skin (stay away fine lines!) but can even lead to skin cancer.
Make sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
Exfoliate, but not too much. Over-exfoliation can lead to dryness, especially during fall when the air already lacks moisture.
Want your warm glow to stay? It's vital to remove dead skin cells about once per week. Get rid of those old skin cells—they've already dealt with countless hours of sun, sweat, and tanning oils.
- Moisturize regularly to keep your skin hydrated! A good moisturizer for fall is a richer moisturizer that's still a lightweight lotion. You don't need to pull out that heavy-duty, thicker moisturizer for cold weather just yet (unless you already have very dry skin). Dermatologist Dr. Sam Bunting recommends looking for a moisturizer with innovative ingredients. Ingredients found in Korean skincare are ideal, like squalane, madecassoside, and ectoin. High-quality gel moisturizers are a wonderful addition to your skincare for fall routine. Gel moisturizers are lightweight but still provide intense hydration. Look for fragrance-free ones with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and antioxidants.
- If you aren't already using one, you need a hydrating eye cream. The skin around the eyes is particularly delicate. Your puffy, irritated under eyes might just be your first sign of fall. Apply an eye cream or gel before bed each night to address and prevent inflammation while fighting off fine lines.
More fall skincare tips
- Try to rock some cozy sweaters while you're lounging indoors to stay warm while giving your skin a break from the heater. You could also use a humidifier in rooms where you spend the most time. This can help put moisture back into the air.
- Book a facial! Your esthetician will give you expert advice on your specific skin type, whether you have dry skin, oily skin, or combination skin.
- Cooler weather can be harsh on lips, too. Make sure to use hydrating products (look for vitamin E and shea butter) while soothing chapped lips. Avoid balms with fragrance, camphor, or menthol.
- Moisture loss during the cooler months won't just affect your face—it can cause dryness over your whole body. Make sure to pick up a hydrating body lotion to defend against lower humidity levels. Again, look for healthy skin ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
- Drink plenty of water. This is a tip for all skin types. The more hydrated you are, the more hydrated and happy your skin will be.
The Importance of Sleep
Aside from habits and products to include in your fall skincare routine, you also need to get enough rest! Sleep is seriously important to healthy skin. Proper sleep may help improve your skin's elasticity, hydration, and overall appearance. And quality beauty rest isn't just essential for healthy skin. A clinical research study noted that sleep greatly affects women's health. The effects of poor sleep impair daytime functioning and mood, which can negatively impact your quality of life. There's an easy way to get the beauty sleep that you deserve while making your skin and hair happy:
Sleep on a Blissy Silk Pillowcase!Silk has incredible beauty and wellness benefits.
Your skin will look more radiant than ever due to the hydrating, soothing benefits of silk. Silk is also naturally cooling and moisture-wicking, allowing even hot sleepers to rest comfortably at night. Plus, our mulberry silk pillowcase is ultra-soft and pampering. You'll drift off to sleep as soon as you hit the pillow—and wake up refreshed!
Why Choose Blissy Silk Pillowcases
Blissy Silk Pillowcases are the best choice for many reasons:
Mulberry silk won't absorb skincare products or your skin's natural oils, allowing more moisture to stay where it should
Our ultra-soft silk pillowcase has 43% less friction than cotton!
They're ideal for those with allergies, acne, and sensitive skin. Our silk pillowcases are naturally hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and non-irritating.
We use only the highest-quality, luxurious pure mulberry silk
All of our luxe silk products are OEKO-TEX Certified, so they're non-toxic, eco-friendly, and safe
Perfecting Your Skincare for Fall
Changing your skincare for fall doesn't have to be stressful. Implementing our fall skincare tips and products will keep you glowing all season long.
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