Transitioning your skin to autumn

Tips for your fall skincare routine

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Stephanie Papanikolas
Sep 04, 2019 · 4 min read

We’re here to share what we know — but don’t take it as medical advice. Talk to your medical provider if you have questions.

The autumn months are just around the corner, and I’m already feeling it in my super dry skin.

So I caught up with Curology’s dermatology providers to get some quick fall skincare tips so that Halloween is the only day I need a mask.

Skin concerns, summer to fall

The end of the summer can be a stressful time that makes it easy to fall back into bad habits like stress-eating and picking at your blemishes or touching your face. But bad stress habits can lead to acne breakouts. So if your skin is freaking out now that you’re heading back to school, fall back on healthy stress management. And if you’re prone to dry skin, the onset of a dry, cold season might be enough to make you stress about your skin!

Why does my skin get dry in the fall?

Every year, I know summer is ending when I need to start amping up my body lotion application. Personally, the skin on my hands gets especially dry as we transition into winter, but dry skin can happen on any part of the body, and it’s not cute or fun.

Dry skin on the face is typically caused by a lack of water retention in the skin. Harsh environmental factors can tamper with your skin’s natural moisture barrier, causing a dehydrated skin state. This gets worse in the fall and winter when a drop in humidity can exacerbate water loss.

Long story short: dry skin is typically treated by locking moisture back in. But if you think the answer to dry skin due to chilly weather is a hot, wet shower, think again! Taking your water temperature to the extreme can irritate your dry skin even more, leaving it cracked and irritated. Personally, I prefer cool or lukewarm showers that soothe my skin and make me feel invigorated; it turns out that temperate water is less likely to dry out the skin.

Treatments for dry skin

There are plenty of dry skin treatments — but which ones are right for you?

  1. Up the ante in your moisturizer. Using a heavier emollient cream (like a petrolatum-based moisturizer) will help reinforce the moisture barrier of your skin, helping to lock hydration in. The rich moisturizer by Curology is formulated with 6 research-backed ingredients to lock hydration back into the skin. Hyaluronic acid plumps the skin for a dewy, baby-soft face while shea butter fills in tiny cracks in the skin. The rich moisturizer is available when you sign up for the Curology set.

  2. Wear a hydrating mask. If you want to go incognito when it’s not Halloween, giving your skin an extra hydration boost once a week with a mask can help you get over the dry skin hump. There are a lot of options out there, but if you need inspiration, try Dr. Jart Water Replenishment sheet mask or GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment.

  3. Use a hydrating cleanser. This step is especially important if your skin doesn’t produce a lot of natural oils on its own — you want to make sure your cleanser isn’t stripping them away! Cerave and Neutrogena have good options, but obviously, I hope you’ll try the Curology cleanser, which has a gently hydrating formula with minimal ingredients.

  4. Run a humidifier. The benefit of a humidifier is that it adds water to the air, and your skin can grab onto that moisture. To maximize your skin benefits, apply your moisturizer before bed and let the humidifier run while you sleep (or at least 8 hours; you can also run a humidifier in a room you spend a lot of time in, like your office).

  5. SPF as sure as the sun. I know I always say this, but hear me out. The last thing you want is super hot UV rays beating onto your dry face. If you think that cooler temps and shorter days let you off the hook, think again — harmful UVA/UVB rays can damage your skin no matter the season. So, do yourself a favor and make sure you’re using best sunscreen practices.

Say goodbye to dry skin with the Curology moisturizer.

The perfect accessory to your fall makeup look

If you’re suffering from common skin woes like acne, treatment doesn’t have to be complicated. You can have the expertise of board-certified dermatology providers at your fingertips with Curology. Sign up for a free trial and just pay $4.95 to cover the costs of shipping and handling on your first bottle of custom cream or your 3-step set.

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