The weather is getting cooler, days are growing shorter, leaves are starting to turn and your skin is becoming drier. That’s what happens when the summer season ends and fall begins, which is why it is important for you to practice proper skin care as you make the transition into fall.

Many people practice the same skin care routine year-round, but that’s not always the best method when trying to maintain the same amount of hydration and natural glow 365 days a year. Switching some of your summer products for ones better-suited for fall will keep your complexion clear and skin texture smooth.

As fall begins, take note of some these skin care tips that will keep your skin healthier throughout the colder seasons.

Exfoliate with Care

As colder seasons approach, even those who have the most oily skin will notice that their skin feels more constricted in the fall and winter. As a precaution, it’s best to limit exfoliation techniques, whose abrasive qualities can irritate the skin rather than moisturize it. Exfoliate once a week at the most so that your skin remains undamaged.

Try fragrance-free products

Fragrant lotions and soaps help us smell good throughout the day, but they are full of irritants that can harm your skin, especially during the winter. Try fragrance-free products containing antioxidants to help stimulate blood flow in your skin as well as retinoid creams that can reduce some of the hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and freckles that you accumulated over the summer.

Use oil-based moisturizers

Although your skin produces more oils during the summer, all of the sun, chlorine and salt water can dry out your skin, which causes discomfort as you move into fall. Oil-based products add moisture to the skin and provide protection against environmental elements. The more moisturized your skin, the easier it is for it to produce the collagen and elastin that keeps your skin smooth.

Take a break from soaps

They keep us clean, but many of the ingredients in soaps can be drying for the skin. As it gets colder outside, switch to soap-free hydrating cleansers and creams that add moisture to the skin. The more gentle the product, the better chance your skin has of repairing itself after some of the damage the summer weather may have caused.

Continue regular sun protection

Because the weather doesn’t feel hot, many people assume that the sun is less potent. However, the UV index will often remain the same throughout fall and winter, which means that the sun can be just as damaging on your skin during cooler months. You should continue to protect your skin by wearing sun screen daily if you know you will be exposed to the sun.

Rather than continue your everyday regimen and carry on with dull, dry skin in the fall, try switching up your repertoire with moisturizers and hydrating solutions. Your skin will remain healthy and vibrant all the way until next summer! The Maas ClinicTM Skin Care Systems also include a variety of products that you can easily add to your new seasonal skin care routine. Call 415-567-7000 for more information or to schedule a consultation.

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