Autumn is in full swing with days growing shorter and air getting drier. Foliage is at its peak, and colors abound in the trees. As the summer months flee, so does many's conscious effort to make sure they’re protecting their skin from UV rays. Let’s be blunt here, just because the days aren’t lasting as long doesn’t mean the sun isn’t permeating UV rays. On the contrary, this is a year-long occurrence. So, let’s focus on ways to treat your skin as Autumn presses on.
Step One: Humidify the Air Around You
As we start to heat our homes due to the cooler temperatures and overall decrease in naturally occurring humidity levels, its important to get SOME moisture back into the air. Humidifying is essential in keeping your skin properly hydrated. Due to the lack humidity in the air, your skin can dry out and crack, and also see increased flareups of eczema, rosacea and hypersensitivity.
Whether you’re using a scrub, a dry brush or something like fruit peels, treat your skin to the remedying effects of exfoliating dead skin cells. By not treating the cells that naturally die off due to seasonal change and other factors, you’re inadvertently clogging pores that can lead to worsening skin conditions. Exfoliating is important because you’re freeing those pores and opening up the pathway to better hydration and thus, a means to experience better miniaturization with the use of oils, creams or just plain old water.
"Just because the days aren’t lasting as long doesn’t mean the sun isn’t permeating UV rays."
Invest in Creams
The last two entries have harped on the idea that it’s important to moisturize your skin as cooler temperatures set in. One of the most obvious things you can do is purchase and utilize the benefits of high-quality skin creams. These leave your skin feeling smooth, better moisturized and enable the skin to be more elastic. Further, choose creams that have UV protectant, or SPF, in them to keep your skin completely healthy and safe as you would in the summertime. The sun’s UV rays don’t pay any attention to the temperature of the air.
Protect Your Lips
Don’t forget your lips! So many people do. The colder temps will dry them out as they do other parts of your body, and your lips are exposed to cold winds that other parts of your face might not be, depending on what you’re wearing. Use a good quality lip balm that includes SPF and cover all the bases.
In summary, there are always going to be unique ways to bolster skin health as the seasons change. Those solutions will vary depending on geographic location. What we’re always stressing here at IMPACT Melanoma is the utilization of SPF in whatever remedy you’re considering. It doesn’t matter what products your pampering yourself with if SPF isn’t a part of the equation. UV radiation is serious, and those rays are cutting in and compromising your health every day and not just summer days. Whether it’s a day accented by a cool autumn breeze, a mountain retreat to hit the slopes in the midst of a snowstorm or a mid-summer heatwave, UV is UV regardless of the digits on the thermometer or the colors of the leaves in the trees.