Prep your skin for fall

How to prevent skin woes as the seasons change 

If you’ve ever noticed a sudden change in your skin –sensitivities, breakouts, and uneven tone—it could be the seasonal change. It’s that period when the weather changes from hot to cold, or cold to hot and often leaves skin in a state of flux. As we enter cooler weather, help your skin by making a few adjustments to your routine to counteract these changes.

Layer your products

Much like clothing, layering your products gives you flexibility to ‘lighten up’ or ‘load up’ on what your skin needs during periods of fluctuating weather. In the dead of winter, dry skin needs all the bells and whistles: a hydrating toner, water-soluble serum, moisturizer, and oil.

Try using a hydrating toner like Graydon’s Face Food Mineral Mist and concentrated serum, like Consonant’s HydrExtreme underneath your favourite moisturizer to boost its effectiveness. Similarly, apply a pure plant-based oil on top of your lotion (like camellia oil) to lock everything in and prevent moisture loss. In the cold weather, layering your products on a daily basis can work wonders to keep your skin hydrated, healthy, and flake-free!

Switch up your cleanser
That foaming cleanser you’ve been using during the sweaty summer months can be too harsh in the cold weather. Overly clarifying cleansers can strip the skin of its much needed oil, leaving it dry and irritated. Instead, try using an oil-based, or cream cleanser. These will remove makeup and cleanse the skin without compromising its protective oil layer.

Boost exfoliation
Fall is the best time to amp up exfoliation since you’re generally in the sun less. It’s also a good time to help repair sun damage. If you currently only use a scrub (or nothing at all), try using an alpha hydroxy acid, like lactic, to get a deeper exfoliation. Also, if you’re considering a professional treatment like a peel or microdermabrasion, the fall is the best time to go! Just remember to keep using sunscreen all year-round, especially after you exfoliate!

Repair skin with fatty acids
Fatty acids help strengthen the skin’s cellular walls and rebuild its defensive barrier. This is essential for fighting temperature changes and environmental stress, especially if you’re prone to sensitivity like rosacea and eczema. Use a plant-based oil like seabuckthorn berry or rosehip, which are rich in skin-nourishing fatty acids as well as vitamin C and E which can help repair damage.

Stop ‘soaping’ up your whole body
Most people are in the habit of using soap to wash their entire body. This isn’t necessary and in fact can be contribute to dry and itchy skin. Avoid using soap on your arms and legs, and only wash your “pits and bits”. It’s also helpful to use a dry skin brush before your get in the shower to slough off dead, flaky skin and increase circulation.

There you have it. Keep these transitional skincare tips in mind as the weather cools off. Make a few changes to your skincare routine and you’ll be sure to help your skin adjust to any changes the cold seasons throw at it.


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Seanna Cohen is a certified Skin Care Therapist and founder of the Clean Beauty School, an online destination to learn skincare tips & tricks, shop the best clean beauty products, and get personalized advice. As a trusted skincare expert, she inspires others to take a holistic approach to beauty and find sustainable practices through her skincare coaching, webinars, and classes.