What on earth could be a problem about Fall? It’s full of Pumpkin Spice everything. You get to cozy up in boots, scarves, and soft jackets. You get to smell the air begin to crisp up. You get to see the leaves begin to change their colors. Holidays are right around the corner, and cheer is creeping into every fiber of your being.
Yet, Fall has one giant factor that causes two really big problems: unsteady weather. You may not be aware of it, or maybe you are but just never realized the cause, but Fall is seriously messing with you.
Fall Weather Changes from Humid to Dry Constantly
Depending on exactly where you live, this may not be a very big issue for you. But if you live in a place that is usually humid or usually dry, Fall can be a doozy. And here’s why:
- You skin suffers from the changing weather. Those dry, cracked lips? Those puffy eyes or inflamed skin? That’s Fall at work, my friend. According to the Baltic Times, Fall’s changing weather can bring on dryness, wrinkles, peeling, uneven tone, and just overall bad complexion.
- Your hair suffers, too. Is your hair super staticky some days and not others? My fellow curly haired, is your hair a raging frizz monster one day and perfectly fine the next? Again, here’s Fall picking on us all. When the cooler weather is here, more electricity is conducted in the air, making most fine hair staticky. And when it’s humid, fine hair will hang limp while curly hair tries to suck up the moisture (which is why it seems to grow and get frizzy).
Fall Weather Changes from Chilly to Not
This is arguably the most irritating thing about Fall to me. I can contain my hair in braids and buns, but how it is constantly changing its mind about how cold it is outside? Infuriating! Again, this may not be a big issue for some of you, but down here in the Greater Houston Area, this is a BIG problem.
- Your wardrobe always feels unfinished. It’s not cold enough to break out the heavy garments, but it’s warm enough to keep most of your lighter stuff on hand. The result? Your drawers and closet are stuffed with way too many things to chose from because you have to accommodate for warmer weather and colder weather. Perhaps on an especially chilly day, you want to wear your big coat. You reach into your closet only to remember that it’s still stored away with the rest of your winter clothes. (I can’t be the only one who stores my out-of-season-clothes away…)
- It is so hard to have an outfit for each day that the weather actually accommodates to. For example, I have to figure out when I wake up and get dressed at 5am (the coldest part of the day) how much warmer it will be later on. Weather apps are almost useless. The weather stations on the news aren’t that much better at figuring out the ever-changing beast that is Fall. This morning, the weather was supposed to be mid 80s, so I wore a light jacket over a sleeveless shirt. What happened? It stayed mid 70s and I was cold (though this might just be me. I get cold really easily). Tomorrow, it is forecasted to be in the 60s ALL DAY, so I’m planning on wearing my leather jacket. I’ve officially entered the gamble with Fall – who is going to win? We shall see…
We’ve Covered the Problems with Fall, So Let’s Fix Them
- When it comes to the weather aggravating your skin, there is only one way around it: your skincare routine. You should have a routine that is flexible to your needs. For days that your skin is dry and flaky and itchy, you should have a thick face cream or hydrating mask you can put on to soothe the dryness. If the humidity is making your skin more oily, you should have oil-fighting toners or masks to help out. For some tips on maintaining your skin during Fall, check out here, here, and here.
- Your wardrobe, on the other hand, should not be as complex as your skincare. Pick out staple items that you can wear in warmer and colder weather: a short sleeved shirt, a long sleeved shirt, a light jacket or coat, a heavier jacket or coat, some sturdy jeans, some lighter-weight jeans, a pair of boots, a pair of flats, etc. (you get the gist), and put them front and center of your closet. To help with this process, find all of the clothing items that are only for ONE season and store them away in the top of your closet or back of your drawer. Put these items somewhere that aren’t inaccessible, but are not cluttering up your space. When you wake up in the morning, you can take your gamble with the weather, or you could suit up with a warmer-weather top with a jacket or a cooler weather top with heavier pants. That way, no matter the weather, you are always comfortable.
Using these tips, you can totally beat the problems with Fall and come away looking glamorous! So, let’s sip at our Pumpkin Spice as we are bundled up (or not) and enjoy the changing of the seasons looking as gorgeous as we feel, because Fall will not hinder us ever again – if it ever did.
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