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As fall gets into full swing, we all need to start getting serious about skin care. Slather on skin moisturizer the moment you towel off after the shower in the morning, be it a rich cream or body oil with humectants. Choose a facial moisturizer formulated for your skin type, whether that means an oil-free moisturizer, a cream with hyaluronate, or a facial oil such as argan. Any of these can help keep skin feeling soft and hydrated when there's a chill in the air, but remember that the face moisturizer you adored all summer may not cut it come fall.
Soap on a rope may be a fond childhood memory, but more mature skin requires something hydrating to get comfortably clean. From your face cleanser to body cleanser, try going soap-free—particularly as days turn colder. Choose a creamy, hydrating body wash and gentle face wash or cream cleanser formulated specifically for normal to dry or dry skin. A cleansing oil is also a great alternative.
As the weather changes, your skin type may follow suit. If your T-zone was shiny all summer long but, suddenly, you find that it's dry and flakey, that's typical. It's a cyclical—albeit somewhat annoying—phenomenon many of us have to deal with as the weather warms up and cools down, but it's also a great opportunity to experiment with new, more hydrating formulas and brands you've always been curious about. If you don't want to take the plunge with a full-size product of something new, try starter beauty sets or a beauty kit for a low-commitment trial run.
When it comes to sunblock, there's no off season. It's a must 365 days a year, rain or shine, if you want to help keep your skin protected and looking youthful (who doesn't?). Luckily, all those heavy layers you sport through fall and winter spare you from having to slather sunscreen lotion on your arms and legs, or cover every inch of yourself with sunscreen spray, but facial sunscreen is still mandatory from your hairline to your neck and, if it's exposed, your décolletage. Read labels closely, both to determine if the product is formulated with a physical or chemical sunblock (we recommend doing a little research to decide which is right for you), and to look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA/UVB coverage and a minimum of SPF 15. And when it comes to sunscreen for the face, you may want an oil-free sunscreen formula, especially if you're already using an oil-based moisturizer. Want a fast and easy one-step solution? Try a foundation or tinted moisturizer with the sunscreen already built in.