Skin is an amazing and extremely adaptable organ that protects us from any elements we may encounter. However, change is not always easy, and sometimes the process of adapting to the weather can cause stress to the skin, causing problems like breakouts, dryness, and other issues. Naturally, some climates have more extreme changes from season to season, but skin is sensitive, and even minor changes can trigger skin problems. As we transition from summer to fall, it’s important to be attentive to your skin’s needs, and adjust your routine as necessary. So what can you do to help your skin handle the changing seasons with grace and poise?
Switch Up Your Skincare
Hopefully, you’re already using a gentle, soap-free cleanser, but if you’re not, make the switch as soon as you can. Many people notice that their skin starts drying out in the fall, and a moisturizing, cream based cleanser can be a good choice. On a related note, using a more substantial moisturizer in the fall can help skin prone to dryness stay healthy all winter long. Finally, be gentle with exfoliants, and be aware that you’ll probably need to do this less as the seasons change.
Watch for Signs of Trouble
The first step in helping your skin to adjust is to be aware of its normal habits and keep your eye out for changes that could spell trouble. For example, changes in the season, stress, etc. can trigger breakouts and other problems. Your skin might need more TLC with changing weather, and for any signs of serious problems, be sure to seek help from a professional.
Check for Summer Sun Damage
No matter how diligent you are with sun protection, UV rays can sometimes make it through and damage your skin, particularly if you have light hair and fair skin. With the changing seasons, you might notice signs of damage such as brown spots, fine lines, and even early signs of skin cancer. If you’re concerned about any of these problems, you should seek help from a cosmetic dermatologist.
Consider a Skin Refresher
After the stress on your skin from the summer months, you might want to consider a skin rejuvenation treatment, even if you’re young and your skin is still in good shape. Mild treatments like light chemical peels or microdermabrasion are great ways to kick off the fall and offer skin refreshment with little to no downtime.
For those with specific concerns such as brown pigment, sagging skin, or signs of aging, anti-aging treatments like Ultherapy® (skin tightening), IPL (for brown spots), or injectable treatments are an easy and non-invasive way to rejuvenate the skin and get a younger, more vibrant appearance.
Talk to a Cosmetic Dermatologist
The world of skincare can be very confusing if you’re trying to navigate it on your own. If you’d like to put yourself on the right track to a lifetime of beautiful skin, then it’s a good idea to start working with a board certified cosmetic dermatologist and develop a custom skincare plan to suit your individual needs.
Dr. Diane Walder is a nationally-acclaimed, board certified cosmetic dermatologist, who is often a consultant for publications such as Allure, Glamour, and Vogue. Dr. Walder is an expert in anti-aging and skin rejuvenation procedures, as well as skin cancer detection and treatment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Walder and her associates in Miami, call (305-866-2177) today.