Though it is crucial to care for your skin during our relentless Southern Nevada summer months, it is just as important to protect your skin at the end of summer. One of the most crucial times is the changing from summer to fall. Our dramatic weather changes, from extremely hot to cold, can ultimately dry out and break your skin.
Here are some tips that can help your skin survive the transition from summer to fall:
1. Hydration – inside and out:
It is always important to drink water every day, but it plays an even bigger role in the fall and winter months. Water helps the body cleanse and detoxify itself disposing of all waste that’s bad for your skin. Water can also help to replenish the moisture lost from all those summer activities (swimming in chlorinated or lake water, enjoying all the hotel pool parties, water skiing, hiking, biking etc.) back into your skin.
2. Change to Creams from Lotions:
Most people wear lotions during the summer because its light but during the colder months creams will give you a much better result. Since creams are generally a little heavier than lotions they provide an additional barrier to help hold vital moisture inside your body and help protect you against the extreme cool temperatures. Creams also tend to be oilier than lotions so use a cream made for oily skin or try a lotion that’s specially made for the fall and winter months.
3. Hand care is so important:
Apply moisturizer after each time you wash your hands. This can prevent your hands from cracking and also inhibit wrinkles and discoloration. Your hands are your most used body part and can become dry and quickly, so it’s vital to pay regular attention to them.
Your lips are almost always exposed, so they require extra care. Lips can easily become dry and cracked. Non-petroleum based balms will keep your lips moist and hydrated. Petroleum based lip balms may result in drying the lips.
5. Use Sunscreen:
Even though there is not as much sun in the fall as in summer, UV rays are still in effect and cause major damage even through your car’s windows.
Exfoliating removes dead skin which helps your pores breathe by bringing oxygen into your skin.
7. Check for lesions:
Preventing sunburn and heat rashes with over-the-counter and prescription anecdotes does not mean you should ignore the more detrimental risks that sunlight has on our skin. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause pre-cancerous lesions to develop on the face and other areas of the body. They usually appear on areas of the skin that are exposed to the most sun, like the forehead, hands, neck and arms; but they can also hide between the toes. The lesions vary in size and are known to appear without other symptoms. Actinic Keratoses are considered to be the earliest stage of the development of skin cancer.
Warning Signs of Actinic Keratoses:
Dry scaly bumps that are either skin colored or reddish brown
Dry scaly patches developing on or around the lips
Horn like growths of the skin
Crusted lesions on the hands of older fair-skinned individuals
Stay safe & aware and you too can . . . be flawless