As months of sweating in the summer heat, humidity, and bright sunlight give way to shorter days and colder temperatures, your skin may have a difficult time transitioning. Although going outside less means getting less exposure to harsh UV radiation—meaning you’re less likely to suffer from sunburns and hyperpigmentation (but you should continue to wear sunscreen every time you go outdoors)—autumn is when the focus shifts to other types of skin issues. As the air becomes drier and your skin is exposed to strong winds and central heating while you spend more time indoors, chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis may start to flare up again. Your skin may become flaky, cracked, and irritated as it’s stripped of its natural oils. As fall weather is generally mild compared to the extremes of summer and winter, it’s a great opportunity to take the time to thoroughly rejuvenate your skin. Here’s what the team from Burnett Plastic Surgery recommends for improved fall skin care in Jersey City.
Maintain Skin Hydration
As your skin becomes dry during the fall and winter months, you need to look for heavier, creamy moisturizers for the face and body, which not only hydrate the skin more but also protect the skin’s outer barrier against the elements so that it can preserve moisture. You may need to switch to a richer moisturizer than the ones you would use during the spring and summer to keep the skin balanced. Look for moisturizers containing ingredients like glycerin, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid.
It’s particularly important to use eye creams for the delicate skin around the eye area during this time, because the skin here is thinner and more vulnerable. If you have very dry skin, it may make sense to look for other types of lotions and products in addition to moisturizers. Nourishing serums and heavy oils such as coconut oils can also help to keep dryness at bay on your face, and petroleum jelly can soothe chapped lips. Along with topical products, what you eat and drink also has an impact on your skin. Remember to drink plenty of water to keep your skin in good shape.
Antioxidants are beneficial at any time of the year for guarding your skin against harmful free radicals while reducing inflammation and repairing damage. They’re found in creams containing vitamins A, C, and E.
Use a Humidifier
Humidifiers help you to manage dry hair and skin by creating moisture in the indoor environment, thereby increasing the humidity levels to counteract the effects of central heating and cold weather. In addition to giving you dewier skin, this can also have the effect of reducing allergy symptoms and acne breakouts.
Try a Chemical Peel
Although not strictly necessary, cosmetic treatments give your skin additional fine-tuning and can be a great addition to your routine for long-term maintenance. If you need something stronger than the standard, over-the-counter products, chemical peels are an ideal way to refresh your skin when dryness and sun damage have given it a lackluster appearance.
Having a professional peel can help to make your skin less congested and improve circulation while giving it a smoother texture and more even tone. Peels slough away dry, damaged, and dead cells on the surface so that they no longer block the pores and the skin looks clearer and can better absorb topical products. Wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, scars, and acne are improved as this treatment stimulates collagen regeneration and new, healthier skin is revealed.
Check out Light-Based Treatments
Non-surgical, light-based options like intense pulsed light (IPL) are usually gentler than more aggressive laser resurfacing treatments. They also tend to require less recovery time. The light that IPL gives off targets acne, birthmarks, age spots, broken blood vessels, wrinkles, discoloration, and other skin irregularities. If you have a lot of hyperpigmentation from the summer months, IPL can significantly lighten it up.
For more advice on cosmetic treatments and fall skin care, Jersey City patients can talk to the Burnett Plastic Surgery team to have their questions answered. Call 908.233.0200 or fill out a contact form to set up a consultation.