5 Ways To Change Your Skincare Routine For Fall/Winter

While you might not need to change your skincare plan with tons of new products continually, it makes sense to make adjustments with time.

Our skincare needs can change over time or due to external factors. As you age, you’ll need to use different ingredients or products than when you were younger. Or, maybe you’ve moved to a new location, and the weather conditions are impacting your skin in new ways. 

Even the changing seasons can play a role in the health of your skin. And, because winter tends to dry out skin or reduce your exposure to sunlight, you may need to re-consider your morning and evening routine.

So, as summer ends and colder weather sets in, here are some tips for updating your skincare routine for the coming months. 

Thinking About Ingredients

When you’re selecting products to use, it’s best to talk to a dermatologist for suggestions on ingredients. And, if you end up with a rash, allergic reaction, or any other concern, you should stop using a product and see a doctor.

Overall, it’s best to use new products slowly so that your skin has time to adjust to fresh ingredients you haven’t used before. It’s also wise to look for brands that use natural, valuable ingredients and don’t use many extra fragrances or additives. 

Five Winter Skincare Tips

Now, let’s look into some of the best tips for keeping your skin healthy and happy during the colder months of the year.

  1. Add moisture into your home with a humidifier: For many people, the winter air dries out their skin, especially in certain areas where the air doesn’t have much humidity. Using a humidifier in your room can help prevent this problem.
  2. Use a heavier moisturizer: During the summer, you may sweat more as you spend time in the heat. In the winter, as your skin dries out more, you might want to switch out that light moisturizer for a richer one. 
  3. Add a hydrating or replenishing serum to your routine: Experts also recommend adding in an occasional serum, especially to treat issues like blemishes and discoloration. You can apply a serum before a moisturizer to get an extra boost of hydration. 
  4. Use a gentler cleanser: While you may want to use a more potent moisturizer during the fall and winter, it might be best to use a more delicate cleanser. During the summer, you may need stronger formulas to fight acne caused by extra sweat. But, in the winter, you don’t want to use anything too harsh that will dry out your skin. Also, remember not to wash your skin too often. More than twice per day is unnecessary and usually has a negative impact. 
  5. Don’t forget sunscreen: It’s easy to remember sunscreen when the summer heat beats down on you. You’ll start getting burned more quickly, especially spending time outside having fun. But, it would help if you had SPF during the cool months, too. You can still get sun damage and even sunburns. So, be sure to use sunscreen daily, especially on your face.

With these five tips, you can make sensible changes to switch your summer routine to your winter one. Most of these options are relatively simple, and they shouldn’t lead to any adverse impacts. But, if you’re using a brand new product for the first time, be sure to spot test the product and watch for any adverse reactions.