Is your skin sending you an SOS this fall?
It may be time to switch up your routine. Fall means colder and drier weather, which can wreak havoc on your skin. Explore some of our top skin care routines, tips, and tricks to keep your skin healthy and glowing this fall and winter!
With the change from summer to fall, the weather becomes colder, crisper and dryer. Naturally, your body’s largest organ is going to react, and not always in a positive way. If you’re experiencing dry, red or itchy skin, consider switching to a thicker moisturizer for your face and body. Incorporating a rich moisturizer into your skincare routine can help minimize flaking and irritation all while keeping your skin looking supple and smooth. When buying a moisturizer, look for soothing ingredients like calendula, aloe Vera, algae extract and rose water. To avoid breakouts, look for products that are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.
Dry, cracked lips. It’s something most of us experience as the weather turns cool. Not only are your lips are exposed to the elements, but the skin on the lips is also more delicate. So, what can you do to avoid this common problem? First things first, find a lip balm that works for you.
When looking for a lip balm, avoid ingredients like menthol, camphor, and phenol, which can make your lips even drier, or any added fragrances or flavors. For a lip balm that will lock in moisture, look for ingredients like petrolatum, dimethicone or beeswax. Don’t peel off flaky skin or lick your lips - these can also make your lips dry.
You may think you don’t need to wear sunscreen this time of year, but you would be wrong. UVA rays, which are more harmful and more present than UVB rays, are just as strong in the fall and winter and can cause skin damage and premature aging. If you plan on hitting the slopes or you live in a high elevation, you should always apply sunscreen to your face, as you have greater exposure to harmful UV rays. For any everyday sunscreen, look that it says, “broad spectrum” and has at least 30 SPF.
When it comes to exfoliation, a little goes a long way. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of the skin, but too much can cause the skin to dry out, lead to redness or cause breakouts. Before you consider exfoliating, know what type of skin you have - is it dry, oily, normal, combination? Once you know, do some research and consider whether you want to do mechanical exfoliation or chemical exfoliation. Whatever you choose, go easy on your skin - less is always more!
After a cold and blustery day, you may be very tempted to draw a hot bath or take a long hot shower to warm up and relieve stress. While we don’t blame you, hot water is extremely drying to your skin and essentially strips your skin of not only moisture, but also natural oils, fats, and proteins that keep skin healthy. Our advice? Turn down the water temperature, take shorter showers, and avoid any harsh soaps. After your shower or bath while your skin is still damp, go back to our first tip and moisturize. This will lock in moisturize and keep your skin looking soft and smooth.
The old age “you are what you eat” couldn’t be truer when it comes to skincare. After all, what you eat can greatly affect your overall health and the health of your skin. For that enviable glow, pack your diet with fruit and vegetables, which contain powerful antioxidants that protect skin from the cellular damage caused by free radicals. Salmon, avocados, green tea, carrots, and red bell peppers are some of the best food to nourish your skin.
Do you have any secret fall skincare tips? Let us know in the comments below!
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