Transition Your Skincare from Summer to Fall
Seasonal transitions are no longer just for your wardrobe. As the weather becomes cooler, drier, and harsher, our skin tends to be the first to feel and, unfortunately, show it. Not to worry though, here are 5 ways to prepare your skin for the transition from summer to fall!
Pick Up a Heavier Moisturizer
While the summer offered plenty of moisture and humidity, fall, on the other hand, brings only dryness and irritation. Thus, adding a thicker moisturizer is a great way to compensate for the loss of moisture, as it helps to retain and draw-in hydration. We recommend opting for moisturizers that are rich in humectants, such as Hyaluronic acid and Glycerin, to draw water from the deeper skin layers, and emollients, such as Ceramides and Vitamin E, to seal that moisture in.
Continue Using Sunscreen
Just because its cooler and the clouds are in the forecast, it doesn’t mean that the UV rays are off the clock until Spring. Sun damage is not temperature-dependent and the UV radiation can still penetrate the clouds, if not become more intense due to reflection. Don’t even get us started on how reflective fresh snow is – up to 90% of UV radiation! So, if you are as serious as us at avoiding premature ageing, fine lines, age spots, and more, you’ll continue to reach for an SPF 30 or higher this Fall.
Rethink Your Exfoliating Routine
It is no secret that some actives and exfoliants can be irritating and drying, even if they offer brightening and smoothing benefits. Fall’s cooler and dryer air only intensifies that effect. So how does one find balance? We suggest listening to your skin and altering your routine accordingly. Skin feeling a little tight and dry? Scale back on exfoliants and focus on nourishing ingredients. Clogged pores and flaky skin? Gently exfoliate, but don’t forget to follow up with hydrating serums, masks, and moisturizers. Whatever your skincare routine is, the key is to patiently listen.
On that same note, we also recommend gentle soap-free or oil-based cleansers to help your skin retain as much moisture between exfoliations as possible.
Increase Hydration with Masking
Whether you are committed to hydrating your skin or are simply hoping that a sheet mask and a green tea will fix all your life’s problems (you never know!), increasing mask use is a great way to add hydration to your skin during the chillier months. Masks, like our Nourishing Sheet Mask, are infused with beneficial ingredients, such as Allantoin and Shea Butter, that effectively soothe and treat dry and rough skin. Lavender oil and Superfruit extracts only add to the hydrating and calming cause. Plump, bright, and rejuvenated skin on a cold, rainy November day? Sign us up!
We recommend adding a nourishing mask to your nighttime routine, as to let the skin fully absorb the benefits while you sleep, and after exfoliating, as to saturate your clean, bare pores with hydration. Bonus points if you are a PM-exfoliator.
Invest in a Humidifier
Indoor heat creates a dry environment that invites tight, flaky, and cracked skin. Less moisture in the air? Add your own! Aside from naturally rehydrating your skin, a humidifier also protects your throat, soothes your sinuses, and even eases your symptoms of illness. Look for one that is easy to clean, smaller in size, and is portable, as to allow freedom to move from your bedside to your designated WFH station.
We hope you found these tips helpful!
Don’t forget to join us next week as we address an unfortunately common beauty concern – over-exfoliation (yikes!) – and discuss 5 ways that you can help your skin recover.