5 Tips to Prevent Dry Skin This Fall

Woman with dry skin in the fall 5 Tips to Prevent Dry Skin This Fall

The autumn season brings a host of fun activities, many of them outdoors in cooler temperatures. But the crisp fall air can often leave us with dry skin, which can be painful or look aged and worn. Here’s how you can prevent dry skin this season.

How to Prevent Dry Skin

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

The number one way to keep skin hydrated is to add moisture daily. A good skincare regimen will have you moisturizing twice a day, but you may need to increase this during colder months.

High-quality moisturizers contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid and dimethicone, humectants that draw water molecules in. Petroleum-based products, like Vaseline and Aquaphor can help create a seal to keep moisture locked in, but are best used at night since they’re thick and greasy. Oil-based moisturizers can feel silkier on the skin and tend to stay longer too. Find what product works best for your dry skin and use it liberally and frequently.

Limit Shower Time

Nothing feels better than standing under a hot shower or soaking in a nice warm tub after coming in from blustery fall weather. But too much time in hot water can actually dry out your skin even further, which is why it’s important to limit bathing time to 5-10 minutes during chilly months.

The same goes for any time spent in hot tubs or jacuzzis. Don’t be afraid to enjoy yourself with a quick dip, but don’t spend too long in a hot tub or your skin will suffer.

Avoid Irritants

This one’s especially important if you already suffer from conditions like dermatitis or eczema. Nix the soaps and laundry detergents containing things like alcohol, fragrances, or antibacterial ingredients. Opt for mild, unscented cleansers. Some soaps even contain additional moisturizers, which might be a bonus for your skin.

While wool sweaters are classic autumn wear, choose cotton and silk blends for your clothing. Wool’s itchiness can easily irritate sensitive skin.

Use a Humidifier

This is one of the easiest ways to add hydration to your skin and even improve your sleep. Running a humidifier during colder seasons can keep moisture in the air continuously.

If you can use a humidifier anytime you’re indoors, great! But even running a small humidifier next to your bed can keep your skin hydrated, help you breathe easier while sleeping, and even aid anti-aging efforts.

Get a HydraFacial

If your skin is really feeling the effects of the season change, consider booking a dermatological treatment to give yourself a boost. A HydraFacial is an excellent way to exfoliate, rejuvenate, and re-hydrate skin on your face.

This facial uses medical-grade products to clear out pores, removes impurities, and sloughs off dead skin cells. Then, moisturizers are applied to refresh and hydrate the skin. The treatment takes 30 minutes with no recovery time, and you’ll leave feeling soft, smooth, and confident.

Contact Vanguard Dermatology

If you’re in the greater New York City area and struggling with dry skin, give Vanguard a call. We’re experts in keeping skin hydrated and glowing during those fall months in the Northeast.

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