Fall is a favorite season of many. It is the start of the holiday season, meaning time with loved ones, there is a chill in the air, and a multitude of vibrant leaves on the trees, but it also brings with it the risk of irritated, cracked, and itchy skin. There are a few items to remember that will ensure you have the best autumn odds for healthy skin.
By now the chillier mornings have taken over; try putting the heat at the necessary level to warm the car and defrost the windshield, but do not make it too extreme. Also, position the air in a way that is not directly blowing on your skin. The same thing goes for space heaters and fireplaces on brisk evenings.
Shave back shower time
Warm showers, opposed to hot showers, are preferred. They are less likely to remove moisture from your skin. Warm showers, shorter than ten minutes, is all you need to thoroughly cleanse your skin. After showering and/or washing your face, pat dry as opposed to rubbing with a towel. Harsh movements to already sensitive skin may lead to inflammation.
Thicker is better
Creams and ointments take elbow grease to apply and are preferred over lotions. They provide a barrier of moisture that heals damaged skin and retains the moisture you already have. The extra time it takes to absorb will be worth it when it helps decrease your number of flares.
As often as possible
Constant application of creams, ointments, and lip balm are vital when it comes to long-term skincare. Travel size products, or small containers you fill up with your favorite gentle skincare product, are a perfect way to ensure you stay on track with your good skincare habits. Moisturizers should be applied throughout the day, regardless, but especially after wind exposure, sun exposure, and washing your hands.
Unfortunately, the better it smells the worse it is for your skin, especially if the skin is dry and damaged. Fragrances are harsh and cause more irritation which may lead to redness, bumps, and an increase in itching. Look for products specifically advertised for sensitive skin that are fragrance-free.
Layers are key
Lower temperatures mean heavier clothes, like sweaters and hoodies. While they may keep you warm and look cute, usually, the fabric is thicker and more abrasive to your skin. Try wearing a thin layer of clothing under the outer clothes to avoid aggravation from friction on your skin.
Cooler weather means a decrease in humidity. When the humidity level is below 60%, your skin starts losing moisture. Having a humidifier at home provides a more stable level of humidity which means you are less likely to develop a flare.
Following these basics guidelines and being proactive in your skincare will reduce the chances of a flare giving you more time to fully embrace the changing of the seasons.