• Dawn Naylor BS, RN, MSN, ACNP

Top Fall Skin Care Tips!!!

What happened to Summer?

I'm already missing beautiful summer days at the beach, sunsets that paint the sky with hues of pink & purple, and summer BBQ's with vegetables from the garden to nourish my soul. Goodbye summer and hello September!

As the season changes, so should

your skin care regime.

The warmer temperatures of summer and exposure to sun require a different regiment than the cooler, dryer weather we experience in fall.

I personally love the change of seasons! It's an opportunity to reset and make any necessary changes to my skincare regime so I can maintain a healthy plan. Feeling good often comes from within and how you look on the outside can contribute to those feelings. Follow along and take the steps to look and feel your best.





Dress for the elements

As the weather becomes colder, long sleeves, scarves, and gloves can help protect your skin from drying elements. Remember that even in cooler temperatures, the sun is still dangerous. Wearing sun-protective clothing blocks damaging UV rays and protects your skin. Generally, polyester, nylon, wool, silk, and denim provide the most UV blockage, and darker-colored fabrics absorb more UV rays than lighter colors. This is especially important for my runners!

Start on a Retinol

Retinols turn your dead skin cells over faster revealing younger skin. It also helps reduce hyperpigmentation and reduces wrinkles and signs of aging. Everyone over thirty should be on a retinol unless contraindicated. Many people don't use retinol during the summer so it's time to get started. In an upcoming blog, I'll do a post on retinols. Stay tuned!

Consider a Chemical Peel or Laser Services

This is the best time of year to work on improving your skins texture, tone, and treat hyperpigmentation. You can't undergo laser treatments while tan so fall is the best time of year to start. It's also the best time of year to start laser hair removal. For this reason we offer packages for these services in the fall..

Remember to eat healthy

Some of fall’s most enjoyable traditions can lead to some very unhealthy eating habits. Tailgating, trick-or-treating and other holiday celebrating can lead to a sharp increase in processed foods such as bread, casseroles, hot dogs, chips and sugary treats. Foods high in refined carbs and those with a high glycemic index can cause sugars and hormones to spike, which can make acne and other skin conditions worse. Also, remember to drink plenty of water!

Moisturize feet and elbows at night

In addition to daily hand and face moisturizing, it is also important to moisturize your feet, elbows and neck. These thin-skinned areas lose moisture fast. Use a thick, deep cream or lotion overnight on these parts of your body, as well as on your hands. To really seal in the moisture, wear cotton gloves and socks after applying the moisturizer.

Use a thick hand cream

Not only are your hands drier in cooler temperatures, but fall is also flu season, so hand washing is on the rise. This repeated washing and drying of your hands can leave your skin even drier throughout the day and can ultimately lead to calluses and cracks. After washing your hands, use a thick moisturizing cream to build a barrier on your skin that will help your hands retain moisture. I like Nivea or coconut oil.


As dead skin cells build up on dry skin, they can form a barrier that makes it even more difficult to moisturize your skin. Regularly using an exfoliating mask on your face and hands, followed immediately with a moisturizer, can help skin look and feel smoother. This is the best time to schedule a microdermabrasion to slough off the dead skin and clean out your pores.

Use a humidifier

Temperatures don’t just change outside during the autumn months; the conditions inside your home and office also change. Central heating systems kick on for the first time in months, which draws the humidity from the inside air and from the surface of your skin. Humidifiers work to add moisture back to both. I also love using a diffuser to make the room smell great.

Wear a high-SPF sunscreen every day

Sun damage is a year-round concern. Damaging UV rays are the predominant cause of skin cancer and premature aging. Even when it doesn’t feel hot outside, the sun is still just as intense as it is during the summer. Always wear sunscreen — even if it’s cooler outside (even while skiing). Don't forget your lips. Colorescience has great SPF lip shines.

Wear your Sunglasses

Wearing UV blocking sunglasses are important to prevent sun related eye diseases, help prevent dry eye, and protect your eyes from the elements.

Add Vitamin C to your Regime

Vitamin C helps combat SPF rays not fully blocked by your sunscreen. It can even pigmentation leading to a brighter complexion. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog on vitamin C.

Use a mild cleanser

Dry, flaky skin can ultimately lead to an excess of dead skin cells that can clog your pores and cause acne to develop or worsen. Sometimes, the use of thicker, more intense moisturizers and lotions can also contribute to acne. Make sure to wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser that won’t further dry your skin.

Use a moisturizer daily

Fall weather is generally less humid than the summer, which can strip the natural moisture from your skin. The result can be dry, flaky skin during these months, even if you don’t suffer from dry skin during the rest of the year. Using a daily moisturizer that is more nourishing than what you use during summer months can help hydrate and soothe dry skin. Oil-based moisturizers are generally better at helping your skin retain moisture than water-based products.

Avoid long, hot soaks in the tub

As cooler temperatures roll in, skin typically becomes drier, causing it to become red, cracked and itchy. Skin conditions such as eczema can also intensify in cooler, dry weather. Avoid long periods of time in hot baths and showers, which can dry out your skin and cause more redness and cracking. Bathe in lukewarm water instead and moisturize immediately afterward to help seal in moisture. Putting on your moisturizer or oil (I love coconut oil) while still moist will help it penetrate better.


Ready to get started on a skincare plan?

If you want to establish a skincare plan or need help addressing your skincare goals, we'd love to hear from you!

At Skin Esteem Med Spa, we offer free virtual consultations so we can customize a plan specifically for you. Everyone is unique. We believe taking the time to understand your goals and conducting an assessment will help establish a realistic and achievable skincare plan for our clients.

We also have some fall specials taking place so be sure to take advantage of some amazing treatments at a special discount! Until my next blog post, stay healthy and safe everyone!

All appointments can be booked online from our website. Book Appointment

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