Fall is the perfect time to repair skin damage from the summer months and guard against dry skin and other cold weather epidermal enemies. As we head into the cooler months, reboot your skincare routine with these simple, but high-impact tips from Dove Dermatologist, Dr. Alicia Barba.

Lay off the intense exfoliation.

Over-exfoliating can strip the skin of its essential oils, leading to breakouts in the dryer, colder months. A misconception is that rubbing off dead skin cells daily will improve skin, when it actually can dehydrate it.

Invest in a hydrating cleanser.

Dry skin is more than just unsightly and uncomfortable, it can lead to serious skin problems such as worsening of eczema, psoriasis and a major cause of winter itch. With gentle exfoliation comes moisturization. Use a cleanser that hydrates the skin cells that have been rubbed off to avoid these skin conditions.

Care for your underarms.

Underarm skin is sensitive and an area that shouldn’t be overlooked. Textures and fabrics in sweaters, undergarments and t-shirts can irritate the skin. Underneath all those layers, you’ll need a product that keeps you hydrated and protected. Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant is formulated with NutriumMoisture™, designed to help skin retain its moisture balance.

Go to bed a little greasy.

Bedtime is the best time to hydrate your skin. If you’re looking to decrease collagen breakdown, you might want to consider these three quick steps before hitting the hay:

1. Wash your face.

2. Apply a retinol.

3. Moisturize.

Sunscreen for all seasons.

Pack away the bikinis and sarongs, but keep the sunscreen right next to your daily moisturizer. Consider switching to a moisturizing sunscreen, a bit richer than your summer product. Harmful UV rays don’t take a break for cold weather. Even if you’re bundled up, sunscreen is a must for your face, and any other skin that’s not covered up.

Jump start pigmentation repair with a gentle peel.

A lot of women worry about pigmentation after Summer because they’ve noticed brown spots from being in the sun. Fall is no time, however, for a harsh chemical peel that can leave the vulnerable skin exposed to the elements. Dr. Barba recommends a gentler peel to remove unsightly dark spots and lightly exfoliate the skin.

About Dr. Alicia Barba

Dr. Alicia Barba is a Miami-based board certified dermatologist who is a recognized authority on cosmetic dermatology and skin treatments. She has lectured nationwide on acne and non-invasive cosmetic procedures, and has been chosen to teach other physicians on how to safely administer Botox®, Dysport™, as well as a number of dermal fillers. She is the founder of Barba Dermatology and Barba Skin Clinic, state-of-the-art centers for medical and cosmetic skin treatments as she has the scientific and medical training to diagnose and treat a wide range of skin conditions and to perform advanced therapies to beautify the skin.

Dr. Barba is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Mohs Surgery, and the Miami Dermatology Society. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Barba works with International Dermatology Research where she serves as a primary investigator for clinical trials testing new dermatology medicines and cosmetic treatments for FDA approval. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Cambridge Hospital, and completed her dermatology residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Of Mexican heritage, Dr. Barba is fluent in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and gladly welcomes an international clientele to her practice.