Dr. Bailey’s Fall Skin Care Tips (Part 2)

Cynthia Bailey, MD|November 17, 2016

 

Fall is here in full force! And it's almost time for turkey here in the U.S. Change your skin care routine now to prevent seasonal chapping and dryness, facial and scalp flaking, redness, and a host of other skin problems that flare up as the weather cools down and dries out. Make sure to read Part 1 of Dr. Bailey's Fall Skin Care Tips to ensure you don't miss any key advice!

This season is also a great time to correct uneven skin pigmentation, as well as signs of sun damage and skin aging. With season changes, comes great opportunity!

As the temperatures drop, and both indoor and outdoor climates become drier, you need to take care to moisturize your skin more deeply. This includes your face, body, and especially hands. Skin issues like rosacea, seborrhea/dandruff and psoriasis are known to flare up at this time. Also because you are out of the sun (though it is still a factor), Fall is the best time to help your skin improve regarding uneven pigment and signs of aging. These tips from my dermatology practice will help keep your skin healthy, attractive and problem-free this season.

Dr. Bailey's Skin Care Recommendations for the Fall

Tip #1: Scalp dandruff will worsen in fall and winter too -- that’s a fact you can take to the bank! At the first signs of itch, start using Foaming Zinc Cleanser as a shampoo and add the Scalp Scrubber to lift and remove flakes. Get my full advice for scalp dandruff here.                                                                                    

Tip #2: Push hard to help your skin improve uneven pigment in melasma and age spots, and to fight the signs of sun damage and aging during fall, winter and early spring. Most treatments for these problems make your skin more sun sensitive and will be undone with a slip-up in your sun protection during the summer. That means now is the time to dive in and do everything you can to fix what you don’t like about your complexion. Fortunately, much of the same active ingredients address both problems.

Add a glycolic acid product such as my Glycolic Acid Face Cream to help even-out and exfoliate uneven pigment. Use a retinoid like Retinol Intensive Anti-wrinkle Night Cream (no prescription needed) or tretinoin (prescription from you doctor needed) at night to reduce pigment production. Add a pigment fading step such as Dr. Bailey’s Pigment Fading Pads to reduce pigment production even more. To soothe any irritation from these powerful complexion-changing products, use the Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum followed by Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy every morning under your zinc oxide sunscreen (Suntegrity BB Cream or Sheer Strength Sunscreen spray or Sheer Strength Matte Sunscreen.)

       
       

To treat uneven pigment and age spots on non-facial skin, I recommend the Ultimate AHA Body Skin Care Kit. I’ve used it for years, and so have many of my patients and customers. It exfoliates and hydrates all in one. 
                                                                                                                                      

Remember, you always get the best results from a Complete Skin Care Routine. Always use products that work collaboratively to achieve your goals. Use products that are not fighting against each other and are addressing a key piece of what is causing your skin problem. Pick the right products for the 4 essential steps of:

1. Cleanse
2. Correct
3. Hydrate
4. Protect

Click here to learn more about how I build a Complete Skin Care Routine, so that you can bump up the results from your skin care. 

How have you found your skin changing with the seasons? Tell us in the comments below! 

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