Just as it is not easy for many people to adjust to the dark and cold season, the skin also suffers from a lack of light and the change between dry heating air and the cold outside. Dry skin occurs when more water evaporates from the layer that is supplied by the lower layers of the skin. The right skin care in autumn is therefore important.
What does the skin need in autumn?
In the summer, your skin has been bathed in the elements: the warm rays of the sun have caressed it as well as the wetness of the sweet or salty water in which you have dipped it. Light clothing allowed your skin to breathe, sweat, and dry quickly in summer. Sunlight boosted your body’s production of vitamin D, lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure in the process. Your body also releases more of the happiness hormone serotonin under the influence of sunlight and thus ensures your sunny mood.
Autumn is here now. The weather is grey, cool, and wet. You, therefore, dress warmer again and stay in heated rooms more often. Because less natural light hits you and you breathe in the less fresh air, your mood sinks – and your radiant summer tan fades. Your skin is particularly receptive to moisture in autumn. It can now absorb and store a particularly large amount of this.
Autumn is also the time when your skin regenerates most effectively. The thicker clothing and the frequent change of clothes during the transitional period, because you are constantly dressed too thickly or too thin, irritate your skin even more.
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Skincare in autumn – this is how you do it right!
The right skincare in autumn effectively prevents unpleasant skin irritations. We will now explain to you what is important and how to do it correctly:
Sun protection is a must in the cooler season
In summer you naturally protected your skin from harmful sun rays (UV rays) with sunscreen (clothes and cosmetics). Please keep this in mind during the transitional period and do not expose your skin unprotected to the autumn sun. Temperatures are dropping and the sun is shining with less intensity from the autumn sky – but it would be foolish to linger in the autumn sun without adequate protection. Because with an overdose of UV rays, you accelerate the natural aging of the skin and risk irreparable skin damage, which in the worst case can lead to skin cancer. Make sure the sun protection factor of your essential skin care products in autumn is at least 10, which is enough to slow down premature skin aging caused by light.
Dry and tight skin
The skin needs more lipid-based care in autumn and winter than in summer. Because when the temperature drops, the skin needs more moisturizing substances again, since sebum production decreases with increasing cold.
- A special shower oil is suitable for extremely dry skin.
- Immediately after showering, preferably after drying, apply a rich cream, body milk, or lotion with ingredients such as olive oil or almond oil.
- Additives of urea or glycerine ensure that the moisture remains bound in the skin. Urea helps restore the barrier function for dry skin and normalize water loss.
- And don’t forget: frequent showers and especially showers that are too hot, stress the skin.
Gentle peeling and a care mask for the face soften the grey haze. They remove dead skin cells and make the complexion appear clearer. Care serums that are applied with circular, massaging movements provide the skin with new energy. Active ingredients such as vitamins, white tea, or fern extracts ensure a fresh and firm complexion.
Flaky skin signals that the skin barrier is out of balance. Stressed skin needs creams or lotions containing lipids, i.e. creams containing fat, e.g. with Shea butter, nut, or oil. It is even better if it also contains moisture-binding active ingredients.
Dry skin on feet
Feet that are prone to dryness are particularly sensitive when they are put back into socks and stockings after the outdoor season. A warm footbath with a dash of care oil stimulates blood circulation and softens calluses. Then cream your feet well. Calluses that are already cracked should not be treated with the callus plane. This only forms more thickened skin on the feet. Foot scrubs with a pumice stone effect are gentler.
Dry and rough hands
The skin on the hands has few sebaceous glands and hardly any fatty tissue. Always wear rubber gloves when washing up. To prevent chapped hands, use pH skin-neutral washing lotions. Apply moisturizing cream after washing. Ingredients such as chamomile or marigold have an anti-inflammatory effect. Prepare a lukewarm hand bath once a week. Apply a rich hand lotion before going to bed, put on cotton gloves, and leave on overnight.
Our cosmetic tip: What dry skin doesn’t like at all are overheated rooms and air conditioning. A room humidity of 50 to 60 percent is ideal. An alternative to humidifiers and indoor fountains is green plants.
We hope this autumn the weather treats you well!
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