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5 Derm Tips for Updating Your Skincare Routine for Fall

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Autumn brings with it many things: Football, sweater weather, foliage, hot apple cider, dry, damaged skin?

Unfortunately, colder weather takes a toll on skin. To learn how to cope we spoke with board certified dermatologists Dr. Gervaise Gerstner and Dr. Roopal Kundu. Find out what the experts recommend:

1. Moisturize. "Some patients get very dry in the colder weather. Wind chaps the skin, and heat from radiators can really dry it out. During the winter months you can keep your skin healthy by moisturizing regularly."

- Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical School

2. Update your skincare routine. "You can compensate for seasonal weather changes by switching up your cleansers. In the colder weather, use a more moisturizing cleanser. It tends to be more humid in the summertime and there tends to be a little more oil production, so in the summertime you can switch to a more oil-free, acne-prone product."

- Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical School

3. If you have sensitive skin that tends to get more dry in the winter, try different products. "People who have sensitive skin can change up their cosmeceuticals if they want. For example, when it comes to anti-aging treatments, Vitamin C and peptides might be less irritating for sensitive skin."

- Roopal V. Kundu, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine

4. Do not stop wearing sunscreen. "You need to wear sunscreen everyday, even on snowy February days. Read the labels very carefully. You need a broad spectrum sunscreen, and you need to read the label very carefully to make sure it says UVA/UVB coverage. For day-to-day use, SPF 15 is fine. "

- Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical School

5. When you go on vacation, update your skincare routine. "If you go on holiday, remember to adjust your daily SPF accordingly, even if you're going on, say, a ski trip. Snow creates a lot of reflection, which can cause damage. Always remember to wear sunscreen."

- Roopal V. Kundu, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine