The end of summer humidity can be a much-needed relief. However, your skin might not agree. If crisp fall air is drying out your skin and preventing you from enjoying the season, here are some dermatologist-approved tips for keeping dry skin in check this season.
As the temperature drops outside, you might want to turn up the heat in the shower. However, hot water can actually dry out your skin more by stripping the skin of its natural oils. Try to shower in lukewarm water as often as possible to keep your skin smooth. If you do want a hot shower, keep it short and moisturize right after.
Finding the right moisturizer is key for fighting dry skin. If you were using a light lotion or gel moisturizer in the summer, it’s time to switch to a richer formula. Look for an unscented product that won’t irritate your skin. You should also talk to your dermatologist about product recommendations if you have a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis.
Moisturizer isn’t the only product that should be unscented. Be sure that your soap, makeup, shaving cream, and even laundry detergent are free of fragrance. These types of products are gentle on the skin and won’t cause excess dryness. If you’ve cut out all fragrance from your routine and are still experiencing dry patches or rashes, talk to your dermatologist about other sensitivities you may have.
Hand cream might not be in your bag during the summer, but you’ll want to throw it back in for the fall. Applying hand cream throughout the day can prevent cracked knuckles and itchy skin. You might want to keep bottles of your favorite lotion in other convenient places, like your car and desk.
Switching on the furnace makes your home warm and cozy in the fall. However, dry air from heating can also lead to dry skin. Run a humidifier in your home to maintain moisture in the air. You might choose to run it at night or throughout the day, depending on the severity of your dry skin.
At-home care can certainly improve the texture of your skin, but you can’t beat a trip to the dermatologist. Consider seeing your dermatologist regularly in the fall and winter for professional facials. A HydraFacial MD® can remove old skin cells and extract impurities, so you can enjoy smooth skin through the driest months of the year.
Microdermabrasion is another effective treatment for dry skin. Your skin may be extra dry and worn out after summer sun exposure, so consider scheduling dermatologist microdermabrasion. This treatment gently removes dead skin cells and reveals smoother skin underneath, so you can keep your skin glowing through the fall.
Dry and dull skin doesn’t need to ruin your fall fun. The team at Pacific Dermatology Specialists are here to give your complexion the boost it needs. Our cosmetic dermatology services include microdermabrasion, facials, chemical peels, laser therapy, and more. We also offer medical dermatology services to treat common skin concerns like eczema and psoriasis. With offices in Torrance, CA and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, we look forward to working with you.