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Navigating Your Skin's Moisture Needs During the Change in Seasons

by Julia Willenbring 01 Nov 2023

Transitioning your skincare routine, including your moisturizer, as the seasons change is a good practice to ensure that your skin remains healthy and well-hydrated. In the fall, the air tends to get cooler and drier, which can affect your skin's moisture needs. Here's how you can navigate moisturizer during the fall season:

  1. Assess Your Skin: Start by assessing your skin. Does it tend to get drier as the weather gets colder, or does it remain relatively balanced? This will help you determine the level of moisture you need.

  2. Switch to a Thicker Moisturizer: As the weather gets cooler, consider transitioning to a thicker, more emollient moisturizer. Look for products labeled as "rich" or "cream" rather than "light" or "gel." These will provide a more significant barrier to lock in moisture.

  3. Look for Hydrating Ingredients: Opt for moisturizers that contain hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or ceramides. These ingredients help to retain water in your skin.

  4. Consider Oil-Based Moisturizers: If your skin tends to get extremely dry in the fall, you might want to consider oil-based moisturizers if you don't already use them. These provide an extra layer of protection and can be particularly helpful for those with very dry skin. Oils provide an additional barrier protection to prevent moisture loss in the dry air of fall and winter. 

  5. SPF is Still Important: Even in the fall, don't forget to use sunscreen during the day, especially if you're using a moisturizer in the morning. UV rays can still damage your skin, even on cloudy days.

  6. Adjust Your Routine: If you have a day moisturizer and a night moisturizer, consider using a heavier one at night to help your skin recover from the day's exposure.

  7. Stay Hydrated: Don't forget to stay hydrated by drinking enough water. Hydrating your skin from the inside out is just as important as using the right products. Make sure you're drinking spring water or adding minerals back into your water if you are drinking purified water. The minerals will help you retain and use the water you are drinking so that it doesn't just run through you. 

  8. Watch for Irritation: If you have sensitive skin, be aware of how your skin reacts to the change in products. If you notice any irritation or breakouts, it might be time to adjust your moisturizer and you may want to speak with a professional to direct you.

  9. Use a Humidifier: To combat the dry indoor air common in the fall, consider using a humidifier in your home. This will help maintain an optimal level of humidity for your skin.

  10. Consult a Specialist: If you're unsure about what products to use or how to adapt your skincare routine for the fall, consider consulting one of our licensed estheticians here at JULES. We can provide personalized recommendations based on your skin type and specific needs.

Remember that skincare is not one-size-fits-all, so it's essential to pay attention to how your skin responds and adjust your routine as needed. As the season transitions into winter, you may need to make further adjustments to keep your skin well-moisturized and healthy.

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