Update Your Skin Care Routine for Fall

Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic Serving Central Vancouver Island, British Columbia


Posted: October 29, 2018

Hiker resting and taking in the view on Vancouver IslandSeasonal weather affects your skin. Moisture, sun, dryness, wind and temperature are just several of the seasonal factors for which you should adjust your skin care routine. It's fall and Nanaimo is rainy and chilly. Below, we've outlined some tips for pampering your skin this autumn.

Stay Hydrated!

To tackle the issue of dry skin, remember to hydrate from the inside out:

  • Drink water throughout the day
  • Use a moisturizer to create a barrier between your skin and the elements
  • Wear soft scarves and avoid scratchy material that further irritates the skin

We have a dry climate during the summer months as well, but the winter adds cold temps and wind. All of these factors combine to sap moisture from your skin. The best way to combat these drying effects are by keeping your body hydrated and protecting your skin from the elements. Switch to a thicker, creamier moisturizer for fall and winter.


It's important to exfoliate during the chilly months to remove old skin cells. Dead skin can create a dull, lackluster appearance. Fresh cells will also be more open to moisturizers, serums and other products. Exfoliate two to three times a week during the fall and winter.

Laser resurfacing is a great option for removing the surface layer of cells, revealing fresher skin beneath. The fall can be a good season to elect this treatment so that you can erase the damage of the summer sun. Experienced dermatologist Dr. Gabriele Weichert and our trained staff can help you decide if this treatment is right for you.

Remove Makeup Nightly!

Woman touching her renewed facial skin after skin care services in NanaimoCosmetics like foundation and powder clog your pores and make it difficult for skin to repair itself. Remember to cleanse your skin nightly to remove makeup, grime and impurities. Now that it's fall, switch to using a creamy cleanser instead of a foamy one. Cream cleansers are less harsh and won't strip natural oils from your skin. It is these oils that keep your skin moisturized.

Wear Sunscreen

It's important to protect your skin from the sun, in every season of the year. Even on cloudy days. The sun's UV rays age your skin, worsening fine lines, wrinkles and discolouration. Out skiing for the day? Boating? Hiking? Generally enjoying all that Vancouver Island has to offer outdoors? If so, wear sunscreen or an SPF-rated moisturizer.

Use Retinols and Other Skin Products

At Synergy Medical Aesthetics, we offer a wide range of skin care products to help you follow the routine outlined above. We offer products from a great trusted brand:

  • SkinCeuticals

These products are targeted at various skin care needs. After examining your skin, our trained team can make customized recommendations for you. Products containing retinol can be especially beneficial in the fall. Retinol helps the process of natural skin renewal and cell turnover. Fine lines, sun damage, brown spots and discolouration can all be treated with retinol-rich products.

Get Customized Guidance in Nanaimo

Synergy Medical Aesthetics features both a board-certified plastic surgeon and an experienced dermatologist. Dr. Gabriele Weichert obtained her medical degree from McMaster University in 1998, and then went on to complete five years of specialized training in dermatology at the University of British Columbia. She is passionate about helping her patients achieve healthy, beautiful skin. To learn more, or to arrange a skin care consultation in Nanaimo, please call our staff at 250-591-1566.