I love fall. I go apple picking with my daughter (a family tradition since I was a kid), we sip on hot apple cider, pick pumpkins, and bake at home . . . it’s one of my favorite times.
So many of my patients love it too, but I notice an upswing in sensitive skin and eczema discussions during our appointments in fall. WHY?
In a nutshell:
- The cooler, dry air of fall steals the moisture from our skin. When we add indoor heat, we notice that our skin feels dry, itchy, and more easily irritated.
- Without healthy hydration, we also notice more pronounced fine lines and if you are prone to eczema, you may notice a flare.
- As the weather gets cooler, we also crave those hot showers and baths. Very hot water strips our skin barrier of its healthy bacteria (microbiome) and natural oils. This contributes to irritated, sensitive skin and eczema.
So, what can you do to help replenish your skin’s healthy moisture?
- Use a cool mist humidifier at night!
- Dial down exfoliation – stop stripping your skin’s healthy oils and protective barrier. Most people with sensitive skin can only exfoliate twice a week, and I prefer using creams or serums with chemical exfoliants such as lactic acid and glycolic acid over using harsh scrubs. Dry skin is more prone to irritation.
- Reach for rich, hydrating day and night creams to help replenish and lock in the moisture your skin is losing throughout the day due to the cold, dry weather. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides, which help to lock in moisture.