Why Fall is the best time to dig deep into your skincare routine
Across the nation, nail colors are moodier, bottle blondes are now brunettes, knits and layers in warm hues flood your Instagram timelines, pumpkin spice is, well, spicing things up again. Yes, it’s fall - time to put up your Christmas tree!
In a previous post, we shared how to transition your skincare routine from summer to fall. Because this season is cooler and drier than the balminess of the average American summer, our focuses are hydration and moisture retention. The lack of humidity wicks away your skin's natural oils and leaves it prone to oil overproduction - the gateway to acne. So, if your fall skincare product lineup does not include Masktini’s Twilight Zone Tahitian Detox Mask or Night Ranger Overnight Renewal Mask, you need to keep reading. Why? These two products restore moisture balance and lock-in skin-plumping hydration, respectively.
5 skincare tips to improve your fall skincare routine
1. Don't leave home without sanitizer or face moisturizer
Although fall just began, we cannot help but think about how harsh the weather may become in many cities at the onset of winter. The best winter skincare routine is a fall skincare routine filled with moisture. During cooler months, your skin is more prone to dryness, chapping, cracking, and itchiness. The best way to combat that is to use an emollient-rich moisturizer. When a moisturizer contains emollients, it soothes and smoothes damaged skin. Emollients fill the dry and cracked spaces of your skin with fatty substances called lipids. This type of moisturizer is oilier, so if you have oily skin, you may want to use a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer instead. Either way, never leave home without moisturizer!
2. Scale back on using products that strip your skin
Unless you wear makeup every day, there is no reason to wash your face multiple times a day. The average skincare hottie may be outraged reading this, but hear us out. Many face cleansers on the market contain alcohol and other active ingredients that dry out your skin. In most cases, they are specialty face cleansers that target specific skin issues. If you don’t have any skin issues that you need to treat, use a gentle face wash with few ingredients. Otherwise, splash some water on your face, then swab toner across it to remove excess dirt and debris. You may find that your skin retains moisture better after doing this.
3. Add oil-based products to your routine
During warmer months, we encourage you to skip out on oil-based products. So it should come as no surprise that we encourage you to do the opposite during cooler months. In the fall, your summer glow disappears almost as quickly as that guy you met on a dating app. To maintain your glow, add an oil serum, or even a drop of baby oil, to your face moisturizer. Your skin will look more supple and youthful even as the season ages.
4. Use this time to treat stubborn skin issues
If you struggle with acne, hyper-pigmentation, or other common skin issues, use this time to try different treatments. For example, fall and winter are the best times to do medium to deep chemical peels because the sun is less aggressive compared to the summer months. These non-invasive treatments increase skin photosensitivity, making it impractical to do them during a hot girl summer. If you live in a colder city like Chicago, you are more likely to spend time inside as fall and winter progresses. Although hibernating gets exhausting, focus on preparing your skin for its triumphant spring return!
5. Make face masks a constant in your weekly skincare routine
As we mentioned several times, fall and winter dry out your skin. To take extra care of your skin, you may want to use face masks more often. There are three main types of face masks:
- Clay or mud masks
- Sheet masks
- Overnight or sleeping masks.
The average clay or mud face mask deep cleans your pores like Masktini’s Twilight Zone. Sheet masks deliver hydration or a specific active ingredient(s) to your skin. While an overnight or sleeping face mask, such as Masktini’s Night Ranger, treats skin issues and regenerates skin cells. If you want to throw skinimalism to the wind, use all three as part of your weekly skincare routine. Your skin will thank you for it!
So there you have it - five skincare tips that will help to improve your fall skincare routine. We don’t know what lies ahead in this new season, but we know that we want you to look and feel like your best self. If you have any other tips that you would like to share, leave them in the comment section below - we love hearing from you. Until next time!