Autumn’s vibrant colours are all around us as we enjoy the sights and sounds of fall. While the sun’s intensity may decrease during October and the temperatures tumble the sun’s harmful rays still pose a risk to your skin. In this article, we’ll explore the importance of fall sun protection and provide valuable tips to keep your skin healthy.
What are the signs of healthy skin?
- Clear and even complexion: Healthy skin generally appears smooth and free from blemishes, acne, or redness.
- Hydration: Well-hydrated skin is typically soft, and supple, and maintains a natural glow.
- Elasticity: Healthy skin has good elasticity, meaning it bounces back when stretched.
- Moisture balance: The skin should have a balanced level of moisture, neither too oily nor excessively dry.
- Minimal sensitivity: Healthy skin is less prone to irritation, itching, or discomfort.
- Absence of excessive flaking: Skin should not exhibit excessive flakiness, which can indicate dryness or other skin issues.
When skin gets scary – Not just at Halloween time
Since it is October, Halloween holiday festivities happen. After Halloween, you can remove your makeup or mask, but you must continue to take care of the skin you are in all year round. Dr. Moondust has an idea about the link between vampire myths and the fear of sun damage. “I’ve always explained the interest in vampirism by my theory that the belief is rooted in fear of the unknown and of people who burn and peel in the sun,” she says. An idea worth exploring, but we know savvy Moondust readers understand that it’s important to prevent damage and to protect your skin – even in the autumn sun.
You will find a variety of vampire short stories written by Dr. Moondust on her fun Facebook page.
Fall skincare routine and sun protection
So, keeping in mind the signs of healthy skin, what tips can you follow to care for your skin?
Hydrate! As the weather turns colder, it’s important to prioritize hydration. Use a moisturizer suitable for your skin type to combat dryness and prevent moisture loss.
Cleanse gently! Opt for a mild cleanser to avoid stripping your skin of natural oils. Over-cleansing can lead to dryness and irritate the skin.
Exfoliate! Regular exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and promotes a smoother complexion. Choose a gentle exfoliant appropriate for your skin type and use it 1-2 times a week. (This is not recommended for people who peel regularly in the sun.)
Moisturize! Consider switching to a heavier moisturizer during fall to protect your skin from harsh weather conditions. Look for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or ceramides to help retain moisture.
Use sun protection! Although the intensity of the sun may decrease during fall, it’s still crucial to wear sunscreen. UV rays can still damage the skin even on cloudy days. Use Moondust’s SPP and apply it generously to all exposed areas.
Remember your lip care! Cooler weather can lead to dry and chapped lips. Keep them moisturized by using a lip balm or lip moisturizer.
Protect your skin against environmental factors! Cold winds and indoor heating can dry out the skin. Consider using a humidifier to add moisture to the air and prevent your skin from becoming too dry. A water mist spray is also a nice idea like the ones made by some mineral water companies for quick facial re-hydration.
Remember, these are good guidelines but DO listen to your skin’s specific needs.
Check out Dr. Moondust’s skincare routines for the morning and night.
Readers ask, “Do I really need to worry about suncare in October?”
Yes! There are consequences to neglecting sun protective measures. Prolonged sun exposure without proper protection can lead to any number of issues. UV rays can cause sunburn, accelerate the aging process, and increase the risk of skin cancer. Why not minimize these risks? You’ll maintain healthier skin in the long run and are more likely to enjoy a radiant glow in the mix!
Fall sun protection tips – in review from Team Moondust Cosmetics®
- Wear sun protection, regardless of the temperature
- Apply it generously to all exposed areas, including your face, neck, and hands.
- Reapply when spending time outdoors.
- Embrace fashion that helps you cover up from long sleeves, long pants or skirts to fall fashion wide-brimmed hats.
- Protect your lips to prevent dryness, chapping, and sunburn.
Be aware of reflective surfaces from water, snow, sand, and even pavement that bounce those UV rays up at us and increase exposure. Sun protector is one precaution and perhaps even an umbrella or canopy to sit or stroll under.
Investing a few minutes each day in a comprehensive skincare routine can make a significant difference in the health and appearance of your skin. Watch Dr. Moondust’s videos on skincare routines for the morning and night for practical tips to help you maintain healthy, glowing skin.
Enjoy the beauty of the season while keeping your skin healthy and radiant!