With the new fall season comes warm sweaters, pumpkin lattes, apple picking, and cozy nights at home in front of the fireplace. However, the season may also bring dry, patchy, and dull skin that always seems to break out on an important or busy day. As you transition from cool summer dresses to warm coats, begin thinking about changing up your skin care routine to keep autumn skin problems at bay. Eagle Creek Village can help with our go-to fall skin care guide!
Repair Your Skin
Your skin may be showing damage leftover from summer days spent outside. We’ve all gone to the beach or had a picnic day without religiously applying sunscreen. This may have resulted in sunburns, hyperpigmentation, dry skin, and/or the appearance of fine lines. Now is the time to remedy these concerns!
Starting by picking up exfoliating skincare products. We love the gentle Viva Organics Amaze Exfoliating Gel that features gentle non-abrasive ginseng and aloe exfoliants that remove dead skin cells. You can find this product at Forbes Pharmacy.
You can also exfoliate your face by scrubbing your face gently with a facial brush or washcloth (available at Dollar Tree) to slough off dead cells (just make sure you use a clean brush and washcloth to keep bacteria at bay).
For any fine lines or premature wrinkles, seek out retinol based products. These products have a similar anti-aging effect to the stronger Retin-A based prescription products, but are gentler. The Neutrogena line (available) at Forbes Pharmacy has some great retinol based products.
Try using facial masks like to address dull skin. For an organic and inexpensive alternative, try a DIY home mask using soothing ingredients like honey, milk. and aloe vera, which can be found at Quality Foods.
Now that you’ve addressed any skin damage issues you may be facing, it’s time to help your skin become accustomed to the cold weather and rain. As the fall chill settles in, our skin begins to feel dry and flaky. A great solution is to buy a thicker moisturizer containing the magic ingredient - hyaluronic acid. This miracle worker carries 1000x the water of its own weight, making it a perfect fit for dehydrated skin. For added hydration, invest in a good hyaluronic serum. Serums are more concentrated than moisturizers, meaning a little goes a long way! They also tend to be lighter so they will not only absorb faster, but they will also sink deeper into your skin. Try the fabulous Glo Daily Hydration Serum (featuring hyaluronic acid) from Forbes Pharmacy where you can find it and the latest skincare items from popular brands.
As we crank up the heat in our houses, we end up drying the air around us even further. To help add moisture, try an essential oil diffuser from A Step Above.
Prevent Skin Damage
Sunscreen must be used year-round as damaging sunlight can penetrate your skin on even the most cloudy and rainy fall days! Make sure your sunscreen has at least a 30 SPF. One of the best chemical sunscreen lines in the market is the Atoma range that includes active ingredients avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, and oxybenzone, known for their excellent UVA and UVB blocking properties. If you prefer physical sunscreens, look for brands like Banana Boat Simply Protect that contain dual mineral blocks of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide. If you have extra sun-sensitive skin and need to be very careful with the sun, you might want to consider layering a physical sunscreen over a chemical sunscreen. You can find all these sun care products at Forbes Pharmacy.
Of course, a lot of our time in autumn, is spent behind the screen... Whether you’re working, catching up with friends online, or just relaxing with a movie, technology has become an important part of our lives. While many wouldn’t connect their phone or computer usage to their skin, studies show that prolonged exposure to blue light emitted from screens can cause skin pigment changes, inflammation, and premature aging. Adding a screen protector which blocks any blue light emitted from your phone or computer can help prevent any damage to your skin. Another good tip is to avoid using your phone before you go to sleep as that will not only affect your skin but also your ability to get a good night’s rest.
Body Skin Care
Fall skin care must go above and beyond the face! Remember that cold fall weather can also affect the skin on your body. Pick up an exfoliating body scrub to help with any dry flakes and dead skin from Forbes Pharmacy. You can also create a DIY scrub with raw sugar and coconut oil (available at Quality Foods) to exfoliate and hydrate!
Be sure to pick up a thick body moisturizer this fall from Forbes Pharmacy or Quality Foods. Our all-time favourite - Cetaphil cream - helps combat the effects of cold weather with special emollients and humectants that bind water to the skin and prevent moisture loss.
Create a spa experience in your home by picking up Epsom salts and flower petals from Quality Foods to create a relaxing and moisturizing bath.
Glow Inside and Out!
Everyone’s heard the famous “beauty comes from within” line and oftentimes, when it concerns your skin, it’s completely true because amazing skin is dependent on your body’s health. Try vitamins recommended by the experts at Forbes Pharmacy for fabulous skin (as well as shiny hair and amazing nails). Get your steps in at the YMCA-YWCA and shop for local fruits and vegetables containing Vitamin C at Quality Foods for an added skin benefits. For a relaxing drink that also benefits the skin, try a green tea full of antioxidants from Starbucks.
A new school year and busy work season and even fall holidays can be stressful, so take the time to rejuvenate your skin. Why not create a relaxing spa day in your own home? Need more ideas on how to keep your skin looking its best this fall (and every season)? Pick up some of our favourite beauty books include ‘Skin Deep’ by Harry N. Abrams and ‘The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here: Busting Beauty Myths So You Know What to Use and Why’ by Paula Begoun, Bryan Barron, and Desiree Stordahl.