Are you ready for fall?!
As temperature and humidity start to drop, everyone gets excited welcoming the sweater weather.
In the cooler months to follow, the air gets drier outside, and inside using heaters.
To help maintain your summer glow, you need to change your skincare routine.
How to protect your face, hands and body from disasters like eczema and itchy dry skin?
According to Dermatologist Dr. Samar Khalil, here are 6 skincare transition tips for fall.
During her training years, Dr. Khalil has completed several dermatology electives abroad (Austria, Vienna; Washington DC, USA; Rio de Janeiro; Brazil) and was exposed to a variety of dermatological conditions and cosmetic procedures. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and participated in national and international dermatology congresses.
1. Rule number 1: Don’t get lazy with your sunscreen even in fall season.
UV rays from the sun are able to reach your skin even on cloudy days! Remember that 80% of skin aging is due to sun exposure. Therefore, to delay those wrinkles and brown spots, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 and above.
I recommend for oily skin: Anthelios invisible fluid SPF 50+ (La Roche Posay) or Avene fluid dry touch SPF50+ (Avene).
For dry/sensitive skin, you can use Photoderm AR SPF 50+ (Bioderma) or Sunstop SPF 50+ (CMD Naturkosmetik)
2. Don’t forget your dry lips!
Use lip balms which moisturize your lips and protect them from the sun. You can apply Sebamed lip defense SPF30 (Sebamed) or pH5 lip active SPF15 (Eucerin)
3. Ultraviolet Light Therapy for skincare
Even though sun can be very harmful to our skin, UV therapy is actually used to treat some skin diseases. These diseases usually worsen during the fall and winter seasons because of the decreased sun exposure.
If your psoriasis flares during the fall season, visit your dermatologist to adjust your medications.
4. Prevent/fight dry skin & eczema in fall weather transition
Due to the drop in humidity, your skin might become drier:
- After showering, use a moisturizer on your entire body. In general, the thicker the moisturizer, the more effective it is. You can use Dexeryl cream (Pierre Fabre) or Exomega baume (A-DERMA).
- Avoid using very hot water during the shower. Instead, use lukewarm water.
- Avoid using a loofah or anti-bacterial soaps. Use regular soaps instead, like Dove or Le Chat soaps.
- Consider installing in your home a humidifier with drops of pure essential oils.
5. Moisturize your hands: your ideal skincare routine
During these COVID-19 times, excessive hand washing and hand sanitizers can be drying to chapped skin.
It is important to moisturize your hands several times per day. Two hand creams examples are Aquaphor healing ointment (Eucerin) and Ictyane hand cream (Ducray).
6. Cosmetic skincare procedures
While many clinic procedures are not recommended in summer because of the extensive sun exposure, fall season is the perfect time for such procedures.
Consider undergoing laser skin resurfacing or chemical peels to help reverse the damage caused by tanning, and laser hair removal to get rid of unwanted hair.