It may not be a new calendar year, but fall brings with it a sense of a fresh start. This year, use the falling temperatures as a cue to change your beauty regimen.
Exfoliate your skin
“Your skin may be drier and flakier due to trans-epidermal water loss caused by the humidity in the air being lower,” says Dr. Lisa Kellett, a dermatologist based in Toronto. “So while you’ve been using a cream cleanser in the summer, you might want to use an exfoliating cleanser in the fall,” she says. She prefers ones with mechanical exfoliating beads versus chemical exfoliants (such as alpha hydroxyl acids), as she finds they do a better job at cleaning out pores. And avoid foaming cleansers in the fall season as they can be too harsh.
Repair your hair
Thanks to sun exposure, salt water and other elements, over the summer months your hair can get damaged, says hair stylist Greg May. To fight it, May suggests using the fall season to deep condition hair back into shape. “Look for products rich in ingredients such as argan oil and shea butter,” says May, who owns the Toronto salon Greg May Hair Architects. As for how often to deep condition, much will depend on the state of your hair. “Very dry, damaged hair can be deep conditioned once a week; medium condition, every other week, and if your hair is relatively healthy, once a month may be sufficient,” he says. Keep in mind, too, that a deep conditioner is one that moisturizes the hair, whereas a protein treatment strengthens the hair. “If your hair doesn’t stretch much before it snaps, it needs moisture from a conditioning treatment. If it feels damaged but mushy and it stretches, your hair needs a protein treatment,” says May.
Use a moisture-rich sunscreen
Just because the temperature has fallen doesn’t mean you can put away your sun protection. “People relate the temperature in the air to degree of sun exposure, but you can have really bright fall and winter days that are sunnier than summer days, and it’s important to remember that it’s not the temperature, but the amount of sunlight,” says Dr. Kellett. If you’ve been using an alcohol- or spray-based SPF in the summer, come fall, she recommends a more moisturizing sunscreen since your skin will be drier.