The Pitfalls of Fall are Real, and They Show up on Your Skin!
Ah, the beauty of Autumn! The months that we refer to as Fall bring colorful leaves, bright sunsets, cozy fires, and more Pumpkin Spice Lattes than we may care to own up to. There are so many things to love about this time of year. However, if we aren't careful to consider the (very) few pitfalls of the season, our skin may be screaming for some TLC well before the holidays arrive. Here, we want to take a look at how the weather-change might do a little number on your skin.
- Cooler is dryer. While we may love the fact that we can trade in our tank tops for hoodies, the cooler air we enjoy from October onward may leave us feeling parched from the outside in. The effect of dry weather on the skin may be compounded when we trade shorter, cooler showers for long, steamy baths, too. Mitigating the dryness factor is relatively easy; just choose heavier, creamier products. Moisturizers that do not contain alcohol are your best bet for happy, resilient skin.
- Cooler isn't necessarily safer. One of the biggest mistakes we make as Summer transitions to Fall is assuming we are better-protected from sun damage. This is not the case whatsoever. Even though the temperature may be cooler, UVA radiation can still cause damage that will show up at some point in the form of hyperpigmentation or sun spots. Maintain your sun-savvy habits throughout the year.
- Cooler can be constricting. The heat of summer leaves behind evidence such as enlarged pores, which result from extra activity in sebaceous glands. Pores may be reduced with professional dermatologic treatment, and with the right toner product. However, cooler weather leads to a different problem: constriction. What gets constricted during the Fall and Winter months is blood flow to the skin. This can be improved with the use of a spritz or toner that contains circulation boosting extracts of ginseng, peppermint, or rosemary.
Patients of our West Orange office are invited to learn about our skin renewing services. Call (973) 243-2300.