If you embraced the summer with outdoor activities like spending time poolside, at the beach or enjoying nature, you probably caused some unintended damage to your skin – even if you were careful to cover up with SPF and proper clothing. Autumn is the ideal time to repair this damage and restore the health and appearance of your complexion. Read on to review the five most common problems associated with summer skin repair and aging.
Problem 1: Dull skin
After all the sun exposure during the summer months, you’ve accumulated dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Since skin might be especially stressed from summer damage, it’s best to go easy on your aging complexion, and head to the spa for a professional microdermabrasion or add a mild scrub to your daily regimen.
Problem 2: Dry skin
Aging skin is more prone to being parched, so when the cool, dry autumn air rolls in, you might find that your complexion is especially thirsty. When looking for new products, try formulas that combine ingredients to address both aging and dryness.
Problem 3: Lines and wrinkles
There’s no question: UV rays worsen the appearance of lines and wrinkles. To make matters worse, the dry, stressed out condition of post-summer skin also makes the existing signs of aging look more apparent. Fall is the key time to address these signs of aging in your skin care routine.
Problem 4: Dark spots
In addition to lines and wrinkles, the sun also triggers skin discoloration, including freckles, dark spots and blotchiness. In fact, doctors report an increase in this type of sun-induced damage during fall. Also referred to as “hyperpigmentation” or “melasma,” there’s no shortage of treatments that are formulated to brighten and balance skin, but finding a formula that works on your skin type without unwanted side effects can be a challenge.
Problem 5: Redness and inflammation
If you’re convinced that you’re the only one struggling with both acne and aging, think again: Good Housekeeping reports that in 2008, of all the women who visited the doctor concerning acne, more than 25 percent were between the ages of 35 and 60. And since hot and humid weather can trigger acne breakouts and increase problems with rosacea, fall is an important time to treat any blemishes or redness associated with adult acne and rosacea.