Fall Skincare Routine Tips
Every year summer winds down and fall weather slowly makes its way. As hard as it may be to leave behind those warm summer days, the crisp fall air can be enticing on its own. Just as your wardrobe must transition with the seasons, so does your anti-aging skincare regime. When it comes to keeping wrinkles at bay and soothing dry skin, a fall skincare routine is a must. Try adding these five fall skincare anti-aging strategies to your routine.
The one item that should be in your fall skincare anti-aging toolkit is sunscreen. Sun exposure can cause unwanted brown spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. The sun is also responsible for uneven skin texture and laxity. The diligent use of sunscreen can combat these negative effects on mature skin. Not all sunscreens are created equal; there are mineral-based sunscreens with zinc oxide. Sunscreens with zinc oxide and an SPF of 30 or greater works by shielding the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. When applying the sunscreen be sure to rub some on your neck, hands, and décolletage.
After sunscreen, retinol is the next best product you can use to maintain your fall skincare routine and youthful skin. Staples of anti-aging skincare products, retinol and retinoids have been used since the 80’s. Retinoids’ effectiveness is due to their ability to communicate with the cells. They work by attaching to skin cells and help speed up cell turnover. Retinoids also help to thicken the dermal layer of the skin, resulting in a plumper, more youthful appearance.
Now that you have lathered on sunscreen, don’t forget your sunglasses and eye cream. The skin surrounding your eyes is thin and delicate. Giving the eye area attention and the consistent use of sunglasses will slow down the appearance of crow’s feet. Watch the material your shades are made from. If you can opt for plastic shades as metal frames may reflect the sun back onto your face. Overuse of facial muscles, like frowning or squinting can also contribute to facial creases around the eye area.
Hydration is the word every day when it comes to anti-aging. To keep your skin supple and smooth, invest in a face cream that contains ingredients that are hydrating to the skin. Products with glycerin and hyaluronic acids are skin-loving and are magnets for moisture. Another hydrating ingredient to look for in moisturizing products is the anti-oxidant niacinamide. Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3. It is powerful because it does the dual job of decreasing water loss and fights against the stressors in the environment that can lead to the premature aging of the skin.
As the skin matures, the rate at which the cells turnover slows down and can lead to a dull complexion. Exfoliation can help promote faster cell turnover by removing the dead skin cells resulting in a healthy glowing complexion. Manual and chemical are two types of exfoliation. Manual exfoliation can be accomplished with the use of a facial scrub. Chemical exfoliation consists of using peels like salicylic or glycolic acid.