Fall is in the air – what’s in your skincare regimen?

With the waning of summer and shorter days, we enjoy cooler, crisper and drier air. We are also coming off of a summertime lifestyle that may have exposed your skin to a lot of sunlight.  Now is the time to give your face a good exfoliation treatment to remove the sun damaged cells that probably built up on your skin,.  Several types of scrubs for smoother skin are available and the right one for you depends on your skin type and condition.  If you have dry skin, use a physical type of scrub such as amber crystals. If you have normal to oily skin, a good AHA (glycolic acid, for example) gel will work well. You should exfoliate 1-3 times a week depending on your tolerance and need.

Once you have exfoliated your skin, it will not only be smoother and softer, but because the top layer of dead cells has been diminished, your skin will accept nutrients and moisture more easily. Follow your exfoliation with a good moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid. You should apply your moisturizer twice a day. This is particularly important with the lower humidity during the Fall season.

If you want to minimize wrinkles and lines (or delay their onset), use a good deep wrinkle cream with peptides – these are typically the most effective. A potent retinol cream is also recommended.

Finally, just because there’s less sunlight, you should not discontinue your sunscreen.  The Autumn sun still sends plenty of aging ultraviolet rays into your skin. Be sure you use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun screen.