5 Skin-Care Transition Tips for Fall

As the seasons change, follow our guide to keeping skin healthy and protected during the cool days to come.

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Transition Tip No. 1: Always Use SPF

Fall may mean cooler temperatures, but the sun still presents a threat to overall skin health. "Protect yourself with SPF year-round; just because the leaves are crisp doesn't mean your skin needs to be," says Dr. Mona Gohara, a Connecticut-based dermatologist who works with Dove.

Transition Tip No. 2: Focus on Hydration

Staying moisturized will also help shield your skin from environmental irritants, like wind. "Change from a light moisturizer to a heavier moisturizer, and find an ointment that's oil-based," says Dr. Jeanette Jacknin, a San Diego-based dermatologist and ambassador for Zea Skin Solutions. "Oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion." Jacknin also recommends trying moisturizers with hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that is extremely hydrating, along with glycerin. Moisturizer should be applied twice a day.

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Transition Tip No. 3: Go Easy on the Cleansing

Dr. Gohara advises laying off soaps, harsh cleansers, and toner as the weather cools down. Dr. Jacknin agrees. "Change from anti-bacterial cleanser to something more gentle and soap-free, and use it less frequently to avoid drying out your skin," she says. This goes for both your face and body.

Transition Tip No. 4: Keep Exfoliating

Though it's generally a good rule to avoid stringent cleansers during the fall, exfoliating can actually be a helpful way to mark the end of summer. "It's great to exfoliate the old dead skin leftover from the harsh summer sun, chlorine, and salt water," Jacknin says. "Your skin will more easily be able to absorb moisturizers after exfoliating."

Transition Tip No. 5: Invest in a Crucial Home Device

Even the air in your apartment can have an effect on the state of your skin. Pro tip: invest in a humidifier. "When you turn on the heat in your home, add a humidifier to prevent your skin from drying out," advises Jacknin.

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