Come autumn, sandals and swimsuits get relegated to storage and long stowed-away sweaters and boots reappear. This seasonal changeover is done unthinkingly: Reflecting the chillier temperatures, drier air, and dwindling sunlight. But while your skin is affected by all of these changes, too, most of us don’t always do the same product exchange in our beauty cabinets. In some respects this is understandable, as certain skincare items are season-less staples. Nevertheless, there are ways that you can tweak your skincare routine to better adapt to the changing seasons. Ahead are our recommendations.
In the heat and humidity of summer, it’s not uncommon for moisturizers to become obsolete parts of your routine – particularly in the morning (there’s nothing worse than sweating off your moisturizer on your AM commute). The fall’s crisp temperatures and dry atmosphere, however, makes moisturizing a must-do for both morning and evening. eXO’s Bio.digital Perfection Moisturizer is ideal in the sense that it adapts to your body’s own biology, locking in hydration without overwhelming skin with heavy emollients. Experiment with the right amount that works for your skin – we use about a pea-sized quantity – and then establish a consistent routine.
Take your vitamin D.
Research places three-quarters of all U.S. adults and teens as vitamin D deficient, an issue that worsens in the fall and winter months. This is particularly problematic considering that the “sunshine vitamin” helps to soothe dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Consider taking a daily supplement to increase your intake, try and spend 30 minutes outside in the sunshine each day, and be sure you’re eating vitamin D-rich foods like tuna, salmon, and eggs.
Pay attention to lips, hands, and limbs.
Balmy summer nights are no longer a “thing” come the fall, and some of the first places you’ll see that rather depressing reality is on your lips, hands, and limbs. Soothe chapped lips with a cocoa butter-based lip balm, and slather dry hands, arms, and legs with an oil or cream, depending on how parched they are. We prefer using coconut or avocado oil for our body moisturizer and are known to rub excess eXO moisturizer onto dry knuckles and cuticles. (Because why should your face have all the fun?)
Heading into the fall, summer-weary skin is often congested, thanks to excess oil production from hot days and buildup from products like sunscreen. In order to keep skin healthy, ensure that you’re exfoliating once or twice per week, ideally using an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) like glycolic acid to do so. Note: while we’re big fans of a nice scrub, it’s also important not to over-exfoliate, as this can aggravate skin and lead to an oil imbalance.