When there’s a chill in the air, you protect yourself with your favorite chunky sweater or statement coat. But how are you protecting your skin? The change in seasons calls for a change in products, and fall skincare is all about moisturizing and hydrating your skin.
The Importance of Skincare During the Fall
In autumn, the temperature and humidity drop while the use of indoor heating shoots up. As a result, your skin can easily get dry or even dehydrated.
That takes a toll on your complexion. Wrinkles look more pronounced and rough, uneven patches crop up on parched skin. Redness, irritation, and breakouts are also more common when your skin’s surface moisture barrier isn’t properly hydrated.
A damaged skin barrier also can’t do its job correctly, making your complexion more susceptible to UV exposure or environmental aggressors. Giving your skin the moisture it needs protects it during the colder autumn months and improves the look and feel of your complexion.
How do you keep your skin supple during the colder months of autumn? There are two main ways to do it: hydration and moisturization:
● Humectants such as hyaluronic acid and aloe vera hydrate by attracting and binding water to your skin. Your complexion looks plumper and smoother, and hydration also diminishes the appearance of wrinkles.
● Occlusive moisturizers typically include oils among their key actives for a luxurious, creamy texture. The oils lock in moisture by forming a seal on the skin barrier. Your fall skincare should focus on keeping your skin moisturized and conditioned. Here are some of the most effective ways to hydrate in addition to using occlusive or humectant products.
Fall Skincare Tips for Keeping Your Skin Hydrated
1. Hydrate inside and out.
How to keep your skin hydrated? Supplement your moisture-boosting skincare products by drinking plenty of water so you don’t get dehydrated. Give your skin cellular nutrition with The Skin Supplement. Our formula integrates innovative skincare ingredients with vitamins, probiotics, prebiotics, adaptogens, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories.
2. Switch out your cleanser.
Just as you should switch from a lightweight moisturizer to a richer one for fall, the same goes for your cleanser. Start your fall skincare routine with a product like The Cleansing Balm. The thick consistency of the balm feels wonderful against your skin as it nourishes and conditions; add water to create a milky consistency that dissolves impurities for a beautifully clean complexion.
3. Avoid hot water.
Speaking of cleansing, you should use lukewarm water when washing your face. Water that’s too warm can dry out your skin.
4. Be gentle with exfoliating.
Exfoliation is ideal for removing a buildup of dead skin cells and helping to unclog pores. But over-exfoliating, especially with scrub-like products, can be too rough on the skin, leading to dryness and damage. Limit exfoliation to once a week or use a gentler daily product such as The Essence with phytic and salicylic acids.
5. Invest in a portable humidifier.
Boost the humidity in your bedroom or office so your skin is less likely to dry out. Look for a humidifier with a water tank large enough for hours-long operation and minimal noise to avoid any interruption to your sleep or Zoom meetings.
6. Show your eyes and lips some extra attention.
The delicate skin in these areas can be even more prone to dryness. The Eye Cream and The Lip Balm are essential skincare for dry skin during the colder months of fall and winter. Both products powerfully hydrate for extra softness.
What Helps with Dry Skin in the Fall?
Of course, hydration with moisturizers and humectants is the cornerstone of your fall routine. Using a rich moisturizer everyday will keep your skin looking radiant no matter how cold it is outside.
Here are the benefits of using a high-quality, luxury moisturizer:
● Fine lines and dark spots appear reduced
● Skin feels more elastic, with greater bounceback
● Dry, flaky patches are soothed and diminished
● Skin doesn’t suffer transepidermal water loss, so it stays hydrated
● The skin barrier is supported, so it better protects your complexion from damage
● Your skin tone looks firmer and lifted, for a more youthful appearance
● Your complexion feels renewed and restored
Which is Better: Hydrating or Moisturizing Your Skin?
Why not try both to fully protect your skin this fall? Start with a humectant that brings water to your skin, then lock in that moisture with an occlusive product. You can also choose products that combine humectants and occlusive ingredients for hydration and moisturizing.
Augustinus Bader Moisturizers
The Rich Cream is wonderfully hydrating with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, while evening primrose, argan, and avocado oils intensely moisturize. If your skin gets especially dry and stressed during fall, try The Ultimate Soothing Cream with actives such as provitamin B5 and shea butter to attract and seal in moisture. You can also combine a moisturizer with The Face Oil, which your complexion absorbs for a radiant, supple glow.
Make Augustinus Bader a staple of your fall skincare. Shop our facecare products today.