Imagine that your skin care routine is like your closet: with every new season, you need to switch things around and rotate them. Sure, you might have your favorite T-shirt or your favorite cream, but, every once in a while, it’s time to let them go – at least until next year. But don’t worry; changing your skin care routine ever season is not rocket science. You just need to abide by a few simple principles:
Choose a stronger moisturizer
During the summer, you need less moisture. If your skin is oily, you may even go weeks without using any moisturizing cream – the moisture your SPF lotion provides can be enough. But when fall comes, things need to change. Go for a moisturizer with a thicker texture so that your skin can be sheltered from the cold and wind.
Start scrubbing regularly
Contrary to popular belief, scrubbing does not render your skin dry and scale-y; it cleans said scales that may have accumulated during the summers and allows the moisturizer to penetrate the deeper levels of the skin. As the weather grows colder, start using an oilier scrub in order to get in some extra hydration.
Ditch the soap for a milder cleansing gel
No matter how nice your soap may smell, it is unfit for cold weather, as it will dry your skin a lot. Choose a soap-free, gentle cleansing gel so that your skin doesn’t lose even more moisture when you wash it. This goes for both face and body.
Spend less time in the shower/bathtub
I know, it’s tempting to spend at least half an hour immersed in hot water and nice smelling bath foam. It may feel relaxing for you, especially after a long day at the office and a road home where you had to face the cold autumn wind, but your skin does not agree.
In fact, the more time you spend and the hotter the water is, the drier your skin will become. It may seem ironic (and yes, even unfair), but you should ditch the long baths altogether (OK, maybe you can have one every month) and opt for short showers with lukewarm water.
Don’t forget about SPF
The rule is simple: as soon as the sun is up, you need to wear SPF cream. Yes, even if the sun is covered by clouds and even during winter (not to mention autumn!). For an easier way out, try to get a moisturizing cream that has SPF in it.