As summer passes, our skin goes through a lot: the sun, wind and water leave clear traces and sometimes the radiance of the skin gives way to an increasingly pale and dull complexion. This is mainly because the skin loses a lot of moisture due to external influences such as exposure to light over a long period of time, which causes the skin to age. During seasonal transitions, focusing on proper care prepares our skin optimally especially for the cool weather.
1. Switch cleansers and moisturizers
Gel based moisturizers may work well during the summer, but can suck up whatever moisture is left on our skin during the dryer months. Cleansing milks and oil based or heavier consistency moisturizers are more nourishing for our skin as they work to add and retain the moisture.
2. Exfoliate regularly
Even though we moisturize on the daily, chances are that we will produce dead skin from the dryer air, especially from months of exposure to the sun. Using a scrub or a peel once or twice a week keeps the skin healthy and bright by removing dead skin cells, helping with cell turnover, and evening out the tone.
3. Hydrate the skin
Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most popular ingredients in the cosmetics industry and is produced by the human body as a gel-like liquid that is an important component for synovial fluid, connective tissue and cartilage. With age, the skin often loses elasticity and often suffers from moisture loss. Thankfully, hyaluronic acid can bind very large amounts of moisture.
Don’t forget to hydrate your skin from the inside out by drinking a least ten cups of water daily!
Shower filters are excellent for helping with sensitive/dry skin and dull hair. The filtered water feels pleasantly softer on the skin and hair, while it also helps reduce itching. In addition, it filters out chlorine and other chemicals for a clean and pollutant-free shower.
5. Don’t ditch sun protection
UV rays in the summer can be as damaging in the winter. While UVB rays are not as strong in the fall, UVA rays are in full force regardless of the season. UVA rays are known for contributing to skin cancer, wrinkles, vision problems, and weakening the body’s immunity. Use sunscreen everyday to look and feel good!
6. Beware of hot showers
While hot showers feel amazing during colder seasons, it can be the culprit of dry skin as it is known to strip the body of its natural oils. It’s also important to pat the skin dry with a towel instead of wiping, and apply a lotion immediately to seal the moisture.
7. Use a Vitamin C serum and or Vitamin A Serum
Radiance Boosting Serums are great for getting your skin ready for a holiday glow. Retinol in a vitamin A serum works to unclog pores, boost collagen, increase cell turnover, even out discoloration and smooth fine lines. Vitamin C serums target uneven skin tone, sun damage and discoloration for a luminous complexion.
8. Know the season’s best supplements
As a natural inflammatory, Omega 3 can calm particularly angry skin that’s prone to breakouts while being an anti-aging substance.
Aside from helping to protect us from colds, vitamin C offers protection from free radicals and creates collagen, supports cell strength, and combats wrinkles.
The intake of zinc has a number of positive effects, not only on the skin, but on our whole body. As an important trace element, zinc effectively counteracts inflammation, normalizes metabolism, and strengthens the immune system. Zinc is therefore important especially during autumn and winter.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. As winter approaches and temperatures start to drop, it’s a good time to consider adding collagen to your beauty routine. The lack of humidity in the cooler months means skin can be starved for moisture, leading to dryness, chapping, and cracking. Topical solutions can cover the damage, but collagen supplements can help us fight back from the inside out. Winter skin is prone to dryness, but collagen supplements can keep skin looking soft and supple no matter the weather. In a study of healthy women with visible signs of aging, daily supplementation with collagen for 12 weeks dramatically improved the appearance of participants’ skin, decreasing visible lines and wrinkles, and beating back dryness and scaling.
Borage oil has long been used as a natural remedy for the treatment and care of dry skin and can also help with atopic dermatitis. The effect of the healing oil on dry skin and itching is based on the valuable active ingredients, which include gamma linoleic acid and other high-quality fatty acids. After the application of borage oil, irritated dry skin feels pleasantly soft again. The ingredients of the medicinal plant are used by the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries for the manufacture of various skin care products to soothe dry skin and minimize symptoms of eczema.
What are your best tips for a healthy fall skincare routine?
By Tanja Salewski, Health & Beauty Manager