If you have always stuck to the same old morning routine consisting of washing your face, hydrating it with a facial toner and moisturizing with your favorite facial serum, you might notice how tight your face might feel with an hour or two.
You’ll probably contemplate what you did wrong or wonder if you forgot to moisturize your face. And, you’ll even think back to how you never had these issues during the summer, but you failed to realize that it is no longer summertime.
Your skin is the barrier between the external world and your internal health, and when the weather changes, it means that you should change the way you take care of your skin too.
How Does Your Skin Change During the Fall?
Your skin is always exposed to the outside environment, meaning that it is much more vulnerable to weather changes than any other organ in your body.
The water in the atmosphere affects the balance of hydration in your skin. A more moist climate will soften your skin, making it easier for your skin to maintain its suppleness.
But a dryer climate, like the climate that we experience in the fall, can often dehydrate the skin, making it easier for your face to reveal fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Depending on the season, there are both advantages and disadvantages. In the summer, the skin is easier to manage because the air is more humid than it is during the colder seasons like fall and winter.
Fall Skin Vs. Summertime Skin
The summertime is usually easier on your skin because, during the warmer months, we’re most likely to enjoy our time outside, eating hydrating fruits and veggies, getting exercise and staying healthy, which all increase circulation and help maintain the look of your skin.
But just because the months are warmer during the summer, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better for your skin. During the summer when the sun is shining, we tend to get too much sun exposure, which can speed the appearance of aging. When it’s hot we also tend to take a dip in the pool or ocean, and the exposure to either salt or chlorine can dry out our skin or even cause temporary irritation.
Plus, we usually turn on the air conditioning to help us cool down, which actually dries out our skin. And the excessive heat means more sweating, which can clog your pores and lead to acne.
Fall brings about colder and stormy weather. The wind is blowing more aggressively and the temperature varies. One day it might be a beautiful day with the sun shining down on us and the next day there might be a rainstorm that we weren’t expecting. The change from hot to humid days to the cold and dryer nights can have an effect on our skin and as the weather shifts during the colder months, our skin has to adapt and so does our skincare regimen.