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It’s easy to start slacking off with your skin care in the fall because you’re spending less time outdoors and in the sun, but that’s a big mistake. Just as your skin needs protection from the sun in the warm months, it needs protection from the cold and dry air created by artificial heat in autumn and winter. Let’s not forget your skin is your first line of defense against viruses, bacteria, and other nasties, so it’s important to pay attention to your skin health all year long. Dove dermatologist and beauty expert Dr. Alicia Barba has simple, yet effective skin care tips that will keep your skin glowing and hydrated throughout the year.

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Here’s Dr. Barba’s specific go-to skin care routine this fall and winter:

Keep up Your Daily SPF Habits:  Even winter sun can have an impact on your skin. Many people of color tend to believe they’re invincible when it comes to the sun and needing sun protection but it’s important to apply daily especially if you’re exposed. In general sunscreen application all depends on what we do every day, if you're truly indoors and there are no windows around you then you're probably fine with not wearing sunscreen that day. But if you're outdoors, suffer from pigment disorders and/or are at high risk for skin cancer, then I absolutely would be wearing sunscreen, especially on your face! Many people also think if they are indoors then they don’t need to apply sunscreen but remember that if you’re near a window the UV light can come through and penetrate the skin.

Moisturize The Day Away: With the increase in hand washing, using hand sanitizer, and wearing masks many of us are already experiencing dry skin, and now with the weather cooling down the dryness will increase. On top of moisturizing the main parts of your body you want to make sure your paying close attention to areas we don’t talk about enough like your lips, hands, and underarms. For your underarms I recommend using the newly formulated Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant, it contains Dove’s signature 1/4 moisturizers infused with natural oils to care and hydrate your underarm skin while protecting you from sweat and odor for up to 48 hours. 

Take your daily vitamins: As a dermatologist, I make people inherently vitamin D deficient because I tell you to stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen so your natural vitamin D levels go down which is why I supplement with vitamin D which helps to boost your immune system, fight inflammatory symptoms of acne, and strengthen elastin while maintaining overall skin health. Antioxidants for me are also non-negotiable. It's one of the four things that I think are necessary. Antioxidants like vitamin C, E, and D are key to healthy skin. Serums are also great as it provides you with a luxurious way to deliver an active to the skin.

Let Sleep Be Your Happy Place: Sleep is key to maintaining skin health which is why I recommend at least 7-8 hours per day. If you’re not sleeping enough it can cause your skin to develop wrinkles, lose its elasticity, increase inflammation which then leads to flare-ups in conditions like acne, psoriasis, and even eczema.