Fall is almost upon us. Now that the hustle and bustle of a busy summer is coming to an end, kids are going back to school, and weekends are clearing up, you’ll have more time on your hands to put the focus back onto caring for your skin. That’s why fall makes for the perfect opportunity to refresh your skin care routine and take time to address the concerns that have been on your mind.
Seasonal changes can affect your skin in various ways. Autumn signals dryer and cooler weather ahead, so hydration and nourishment will be the two key skin care buzzwords for the fall months. To offer more targeted recommendations during the fall season, we will break down the top skin care and beauty tactics for each of the general skin types, so you’ll be able to bring your “A” game and reclaim control of your skin.
Dry skin is easy to spot. You may have scaly or flakey patches that look rough, dull, and feel tight. There is generally less elasticity in the skin with fine lines that are more visible. The reason behind this is usually a lack of the natural sebum (oil) and lipid production in the skin that is needed to retain moisture and rebuild a protective shield against external factors, such as UV rays and pollution.
If not dealt with properly, dry skin types can get worse through the transition to fall and eventually winter. For those who have dry skin, avoid using hot water when cleansing, because hot water tends to further strip the skin of its natural oils. Opt for lukewarm temperatures and use cleansers that contain glycerin. Staying hydrated is very important in this case, as well as regular intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which can help with natural sebum production.
For people who have oily skin, their complexion will tend to appear shiny with visible pores. They may also be struggling with breakouts and blackheads. All of these issues are actually caused by a heightened level of sebum production, which causes excessive oils on the skin, leading to clogged pores. This may be due to genetics, hormonal changes, medications, stress, or even irritation from cosmetic products.
There are a few different steps involved for damage control when it comes to caring for oily skin. Keeping the skin clean and breathable at all times is essential for the fall season—consider scaling back on wearing heavy makeup, exfoliating twice a week to prevent breakouts, and minimizing shine throughout the day by using an oil blotting sheet. You’ll also want to ensure that your cleanser is gentle and calming , which is better suited for oily skin. If you are tired of dealing with breakouts, fall would be a great time to look into acne treatments that use dual-light technology to reduce inflammation and target acne-causing bacteria, leaving behind a smoother, healthier-looking complexion.
People who have combination skin will notice dry skin in some areas, usually around the cheeks, and oily skin in others, typically the T-zone (forehead, along the bridge of the nose, and chin). They may also tend to have larger pores and blackheads.
The key to dealing with these different areas is to cleanse gently, exfoliate occasionally, and opt for oil-free moisturizers. Moisturizing is key for combination skin, especially since it is beneficial for both the dry and oily areas, as well as for fall in general. Don’t forget the SPF factor either! Need some help dealing with the some sun damage after all the summer fun? Photofacial treatments powered by Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)work to target pigmentation and diminish their appearance for a more even-toned complexion. Since it is recommended that you avoid sun exposure after a photofacial treatment, the cooler fall months are the perfect time of year to get started!
Those who have normal skin have fine pores, a smooth and clear skin texture, and a generally well-balanced complexion. They usually have little or no blemishes and are not usually prone to sensitivity. With the switch to drier, colder weather, the key takeaway for anyone with normal skin is that maintenance is still very important.
Consider investing in a comprehensive skin care plan that tackles all three tiers of the Skin Health and Beauty Pyramid. This will ensure your skin is protected, moisturized, and stimulated for natural cellular functions, in turn revealing a healthy, younger-looking complexion that’ll last all year round.
For each of the above skin types, there are long-term improvements, like diet and lifestyle habits, that can contribute to healthier skin. There are also other ways to help kickstart a new and improved skin care routine that’ll help with the transition into fall. For instance, the Venus Glow™ facial rejuvenation treatment can be beneficial for every skin type. It utilizes tiny jet streams of purified water to hydrate and nourish dry skin for an instantly healthier glow. The Venus Glow™ facial is also powered by a gentle vacuum that opens up and deep-cleans pores while helping to manage blackheads and moisturizing the skin. Even with normal skin, the treatment acts as a perfect maintenance protocol to cleanse, refresh, and improve your complexion.
Be prepared to cope with whatever fall brings for your skin with these powerful tools at your disposal. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that everyone’s skin is unique. So, the best way to ensure you’re getting the most personalized treatment solutions is to connect with a professional, who will be able to properly assess your skin and recommend the perfect approach. Ready to see a customized treatment plan designed for your specific skin concerns? Click the button below to contact a treatment provider near you!