What’s the Skinpact? By Dr. Katie Rodan

DermRF_Categories_SkinPactRodanGoodbye, sandals and hello, sweaters: September 22 is the autumnal equinox, signaling the end of summer and the beginning of fall. When the leaves start changing color and temperatures start dropping, it is also the time to switch up your skincare routine.  Just as you change your wardrobe to accommodate the season, you should take the same approach with your skincare.

The first sign that your complexion might be suffering from a change in seasons is often dry, tight skin. Prevent dry skin with a hydrating night cream that replenishes skin’s natural moisturizing factors while you sleep. Using a facial moisturizer at night is ideal; this is when skin is most receptive. Look for a product containing hyaluronic acid and glycerin to prevent moisture loss. In addition, do your best to avoid long, hot showers. They actually draw moisture out of your skin and can make you itchy. Instead, opt for tepid, quick showers.

Keep skin radiant and glowing as fall takes hold with once-weekly macro-exfoliation. Regular exfoliation is key to achieving and maintaining a fresh, radiant appearance by sweeping away the dulling, dead skin cells that sit on the surface of skin.

Most important this time of year, keep up your daily sunscreen routine. Just because the sun isn’t shining doesn’t mean aging UVA rays aren’t around. In fact, UVA rays are just as strong during Thanksgiving as they are in the heat of summer. Just make sure you’re getting your daily dose of vitamin D, which is essential for bone health and overall wellness.

With a few small tweaks, “falling” into great skin will be the smoothest wardrobe change you’ll make all season.

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