November 7, 2023
Bundle up: sweater season is in! As the days shorten and the weather cools down, the drop in temperatures and humidity can affect the way your skin and hair looks.
As the seasons shift, so should your beauty routine. But don’t fret! Making small tweaks to your beauty regimen can go a long way: we’re giving you 6 easy hacks to prep your hair and skin for fall, so you can enjoy that summer glow all through the cooler months.
Put it that way: our skin likes stable conditions — so when a sudden change in temperature or humidity hits, it has to work harder to maintain adequate levels of hydration and adjust to a new environment. The change in weather, coupled with certain lifestyle changes we make when it gets colder (such as turning up central heat, taking hot showers or steam baths) can also contribute to dry skin and irritation.
Although dry skin can be caused by external factors like environmental pollutants, changes in temperature, and low humidity can also negatively impact your skin’s natural balance.
Here are some of the ways fall weather can affect your skin:
Seasonal shifts = different skin needs. As the outdoor humidity drops, so does your skin’s moisture levels. Drier temperatures means your skin will require extra care and nourishment.
Avoid using the same products all year; instead, adapt your routine to the changing needs of your skin. Use gentle cleansers (like our Oceanly cleansers) and shower gels to keep skin comfy and glowing.
Your skin needs a moisturizer that acts as a barrier to seal in the moisture and keep your delicate areas protected. We recommend switching from lightweight lotions to heavier formulas to help your skin feel soothed and comfortable throughout the day.
Psst, don’t forget: your armpits deserve a little love too! Choose a plastic-free vegan deodorant that will absorb odors and won't obstruct your body's temperature regulating system.
The best way to prep and protect your skin and hair for fall is to amp up your daily routine with nourishing oils like argan or avocado.
Your scalp, just like your skin, is also affected by seasonal changes depending on your hair type. If your scalp is on the oiler side, we recommend you use a gentle clarifying shampoo once a week to help remove excess sebum and buildup. For dryer scalps, try our Sensitive Skin line of shampoos and conditioners, which contain soothing oat extract known as a soothing ingredient.
Below are ultra comforting ingredients your skin will simply love during the cooler season. Don't hesitate to incorporate them in your fall beauty routine!
Cleansing is an important step in our skin care routine, but you could be using a cleanser or a soap that is not suitable for you.
Using a product that is not adapted to your skin type can actually trigger signs of dryness and irritation and cause your scalp to become even more sensitive. Go for gentle and dermatologically tested cleansers and shampoos that contain plant-derived ingredients, so you can cleanse without compromise.
Don’t just layer on clothes for fall, layer your skin care! Layer your skincare products in order of their thickness. On freshly cleansed skin, you’ll want to start with the lightest products (like a serum) and work your way towards your moisturizer (if you want even more moisture, try applying a serum, then a nourishing oil underneath your favorite moisturizer).
Just because it's cooler outside, doesn't mean you have to give up sunscreen! Although UV rays are stronger during the summertime, they are still present throughout all seasons, so it's important to wear daily sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection. We recommend our Plastic-Free Sunscreen Stick for the face and body, which you can conveniently carry on the go. (Try our orange blossom or tropical flavor to keep you in the spirit of summer!).
However tempting it may be, avoid rising the water temperature. Although stepping into a warm bath can rejuvenate you on a cold day, hot water can also strip your body of its natural oils and dry up your hair shaft and skin. To prevent that, we recommend bathing in warm or lukewarm water and shortening your shower sessions to 10 minutes or less. If you’re feeling bold, use cool water at the end of your shower to help seal your pores and lock in moisture.
When it comes to beauty, seasonal skincare is the way to go. Your skin undergoes a lot of changes in between seasons, so implementing an adaptable skincare regimen will bring your skin to new heights!
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Written by Team ATTITUDE