Although we are well into the fall season, today felt like the first day of fall here in Austin. While fall weather is a welcome change after a summer of scorching heat, fall weather often brings drier, cooler air and brisk wind that can be detrimental to our skin, especially for those of us who suffer from skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
A few simple changes to our skin regimen can help to ensure that our skin stays moisturized and healthy this fall.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
In the colder months, moisturize your skin daily. We recommend switching from a lotion to a heavier cream, which can more easily soak into the skin and create a stronger moisture barrier. Applying moisturizer immediately after taking a bath or shower is also recommended.
Just because the hot weather is gone does not mean that the sun’s damaging rays have disappeared too. It is important to continue to apply SPF daily to protect your skin and reapply often.
Watch your water temperature
While a hot bath or shower may seem more enticing as the air gets cooler, keep in mind that hot water can quickly dry out your skin. Consider using warm instead of hot water or reducing the time you spend in the shower or bath.
Help your hands
Our hands tend to get much drier during the fall and winter months. Applying cream or hand butter regularly to your hands and cuticles (especially after washing them) will help protect and nourish your skin throughout the cooler months.
Maintain a healthy diet
While your favorite summer fruits and vegetables may be disappearing, there are many healthy fall fruits and vegetables now available in your local produce section. Look for antioxidant-rich fruits, such as grapes and cranberries, and vegetables full of vitamin A, such as spinach and squash. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
Tell us your favorite tip for protecting your skin during the fall and winter months.