Transition Your Skin Care Routine From Summer to Fall

Aphra McCrea

Posted on October 01 2019

Transition Your Skin Care Routine From Summer to Fall


1. For Super Sensitive Skin Hydrate Aloe

Ann Lee, a cosmetic chemist and founder of Dermaesthetics Beverly Hills, says people with sensitive skin, or with conditions like psoriasis or eczema, might experience a burning sensation or feel overly sensitive for a few days (even weeks) during the transition of seasons. “The best thing you can do is hydrate and coat your skin with essential oils, serums, and creams,” she says. “Nourish your skin with elastin and collagen to aid in the recovery process. Coat your skin with cold-processed aloe and thicker creams as your skin builds and exfoliates.” 

2. Switch to a thicker Moisturizer

Because of environmental changes, switching to a thicker moisturizer before bed is important, says Julia Tzu, MD, a double board-certified dermatologist, and the founder and medical director of Wall Street Dermatology in New York City. “We need to compensate for the change by adding more moisture to the skin and helping to retain it,” she says. 

Our retinol moisturizer is ideal because “it’s hydrating, non-irritating, and non-clogging to the skin. It’s as pure as you can get with a moisturizer.” 

3. Use a Lip Moisturizer and add Eye Creams

If these two things weren’t already a part of your skincare regimen, they should be during the cooler months. Just as you should switch to a thicker moisturizer, adding these products moisturizes your lips and the skin around your eyes. “Our skin does not like sudden transitions, and by adding lip and eye creams, it helps with this transition."

4. Don't Use Exfoliants as Frequently

Decrease the use of exfoliants—the reason for this, again, has to do with the drier and colder nature of the environment, Dr. Tzu says. “Humidity and warm temperatures usually buffer the irritating effects of exfoliants, probably because of increased oiliness of the skin,” she says.

5. Use Sunscreen Sisters 

Sunscreen should be used at all times because it generally helps decrease the incoming UV radiation and helps to prevent premature wrinkles. We recommend sticking to a daily SPF30 (at least).

6. Add Vitamin C to your Regimen 

"Vitamin C" works double duty in the colder months and helps combat SPF rays that aren’t fully blocked by your sunscreen,” says Anne Chapas, MD, a board certified dermatologist and the founder and medical director of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City. “It also evens skin pigmentation, which helps to boost collagen production resulting in a brighter complexion.”

7. Add a humidifier into the Mix

Along with your regular skincare regimen, dermatologists suggest investing in a humidifier during the fall and winter to boost hydration at home. “Humidifiers add moisture to the air, and your skin constantly interfaces with the air,” Dr. Tzu says. “The more moisture in the air, the more moisture it’ll share with your skin.” 

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