There’s so much to heart about fall. (Cider and PSLs, we’re looking at you!) If we had to get nitpicky, though, we’ve actually got a teensy tiny complaint. The suddenly chilly air can be pretty harsh on the skin. Well, this year, we’re not going to let a dehydrated complexion ruin our apple picking, sweater-wearing fun. Keep reading for expert quick tips on combating the cold so we can get back to the important things — AKA planning our Halloween costumes.

Brit + Co: My skin feels dry already, and it’s only October! What gives?

Estee Williams, Dermatologist: As the temperature drops, skin is at risk for dehydration. Increased water loss across a compromised skin barrier is to blame. It’s almost as if cooler air brings on a mild form of eczema, so to speak.

B + C: So what can be done? Should we switch out our skincare products at the first chill of the year?

EW: Yes! A good skincare regimen is one that is adaptive to whatever your skin’s needs are at any given time. I’m not advocating changing your regimen daily, but there should be some assessment and flexibility. When the weather turns colder, start using richer moisturizing creams. If you’re dry, cleanse your skin before bedtime and use warm water only in the morning.

B + C: What products would you avoid during the colder season?

EW: I recommend cutting back on — but not necessarily stopping — any potentially drying products such as alcohol-based toners, acid-based cleansers and pads, and retinoids.

B + C: Any last product recommendations or tips?

EW: Look for products with humectants (substances that keep water inside the skin.) Check the label for glycerin, Dimethicone, and ceramides. They are all found in CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($12) or Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Intense Moisture Cream ($125).

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