by Stephanie Schlageter

If you think the time change, fall season, and cooler weather mean you can delete sunscreen from your morning skincare routine, think again! No matter what the day looks like outside, if the sun is above the horizon, its rays can penetrate your skin.

Did you know that wearing a product with a physical sunblock like zinc is the best anti-aging practice you can engage in? Because the sun emits UVA and UVB rays, you need to look for a product that is also “broad spectrum,” which means it will protect against both types of rays. You might notice the immediate signs of exposure to UVB rays – think B for burn – but the UVA rays have even more damaging long-term effects – think A for aging. You can meet both of these criteria with EltaMD sunscreens, our favorite. These products are formulated with transparent zinc oxide and are non-comedogenic, sensitivity-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free. All of the EltaMD sunscreens are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as effective broad-spectrum sunscreens. What we love about them most is that they are non-greasy, not sticky, and amazingly transparent.

A second beauty concern during the cooler months is keeping your skin hydrated. As temperatures dip and you possibly even turn on the heat at home, skin loses moisture, and that is a big concern for aging skin. To prevent the appearance and detrimental effects of dry skin, keep up with your twice-daily moisturizing routine, and you may want to consider opting for a creamier product. It can be a great time to try something new, such as the HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator from SkinMedica. This product provides immediate hydration, so you will see a smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles. Over time, it also improves skin texture and roughness. We have seen incredible results on patients who want to tackle crinkles around the eyes. Your skin will retain moisture and take on that fresh look of spring even during the dead of winter.

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