The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting cooler, and that can only mean one thing: Fall is here. Hopefully, you protected your skin as you were out and about this summer, but if you didn’t, you’re not alone. Most Americans don’t regularly use sunscreen on their faces or other exposed skin. This exposure to UV rays can cause sunburns, dark spots, hyperpigmentation and even skin cancer.
That may sound a little scary, but don’t get discouraged. Whether you’re a sun-worshipper or a sunscreen-skipper, you can start preventing further sun damage and even reverse some of the damage that’s been done.
Here are seven fall skincare tips to help you keep your skin protected as you transition from summer to fall.
1. Wear Sunscreen Every Day, Even in the Fall and Winter
Your face and any uncovered skin are still exposed to UV rays — even when you’re inside or in the car. (UVA rays can go through glass!) Using SPF protection every day will help protect your skin and prevent further UV damage. One easy way to incorporate this into your routine is with a moisturizing SPF like Olay Total Effects Whip 25 SPF.
2. Swap in Beauty Products with SPF
If you’re already using a moisturizer you love, that’s OK. You can find SPF protection from lots of different products. Try swapping one you already use with one that has SPF in it.
3. Choose the Right Moisturizer
While we’re on the topic of moisturization, we have one more tip. Try adding a slightly thicker or creamier moisturizer to your fall regimen, as dry winter air can wreak havoc on your skin. But don’t forget to make sure it has SPF! This oil-free formula helps protect against damage from the sun while keeping your skin healthy and hydrated, even in dry air.
4. Break up with the Tanning Bed
Lots of people want a summer glow all year long. But don’t be tempted by tanning beds and sun lamps during the fall and winter months. They can cause long-term skin damage and can contribute to the development of skin cancer. If you can’t live without a tan, try a sunless tanner.
5. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
Summer sun damage causes dead skin cells to build up, which means it’s the perfect time to exfoliate. Doing so will help remove this dead, dry skin and reveal brighter, more radiant skin. Exfoliating can take many forms — from scrubs to peels to a microderm abrasion system like ProX by Olay Advanced Cleansing System — so choose one you like and put your freshest face toward fall.
6. Lighten Dark Spots
If the summer sun has left hyperpigmentation on your skin, try a spot-fading treatment. This can help lighten dark spots left by sun damage and leave you with a brighter, more even skin tone.
7. Don’t Forget about Your Eyes
Even though the sun’s rays are weaker in the fall and winter, your eyes and the surrounding skin are susceptible to UV damage, too. Keep them protected (and help prevent fine lines around your eyes) by wearing sunglasses with lenses that have at least 99% UV absorption.
As you transition your closet and your mindset to fall, don’t forget about your skincare routine. It’s a great time to reset and pick up some healthy new habits for this season and all year long.