Gone are the days of sunbathing, salty hair and outdoor barbecues. The smell of pumpkin spice is starting to appear in the air and the temperatures are beginning to drop. Fall has arrived.
With the coming of the fall season, we must remember to transition our skincare routine from summer to winter. In order to maintain a bright, clear complexion, we have to adapt to the new needs of our skin. This means incorporating more exfoliation and moisturization so that our skin keeps plump and hydrated.
Summer to Winter Skin Care
Up the Oil
Oil has a negative connotation in the skincare community. It is time to debunk this myth. Oil is a great resource for any skin type, from dry to oily. They offer free-radical protection, plump skin and improve skin tolerance. They also work to allow any moisturizers and anti-aging creams that you apply afterwards to penetrate more effectively.
Mixing in an oil with your moisturizer is a great way to add extra hydration. Oils work as a sealant, keeping the moisture in. If you prefer to apply them separately, add in the oil before you apply your moisturizer. If you have acne-prone skin, opt for oils that contain a smaller molecular size. This means that they can sink into skin quicker and will not clog pores. Great options include argan, squalene and jojoba oil.
Exfoliation is Key
After a long summer of fun in the sun, your skin is in desperate need of renewal. The best way to do this is to incorporate an exfoliator into your routine. While exfoliation should be a part of your regimen year-round, it is especially important during the wintertime. Exfoliating sloughs off dead skin cells, revealing a new layer of fresh, brighter cells. This step is vital to unclog pores, as dead skin cells can pile up and cause breakouts.
If you have sensitive skin, it is better to exfoliate about two times a week. If you have more normal skin, you may opt to do so every other day. Use an exfoliator that contains fine granules and gently scrub in a circular motion. The key here is gentleness: the skin on your face is very fragile, and harsh scrubbing can cause premature wrinkling.
Do not forget to include the rest of your body in your exfoliation process. Using a body brush before you shower every other day is a great way to get rid of dead skin cells. Doing so will reduce the appearance of cellulite, ingrown hairs and result in a brighter complexion.
Never Skimp on SPF
Just because you are not tanning at the beach anymore does not mean you can afford to skip sunscreen. The application of sunscreen is a vital step year-round. Always apply an SPF of at least 30 on your face daily. A great way to multitask is to use a moisturizer with SPF already in it. Applying after washing your face in the morning will easily combine two steps into one.
The shift from summer to winter can be a bit harsh on your skin. Using a good quality moisturizer will help make the transition easier. We recommend either DermaSet Skin Care or Maxilift Instant Wrinkle. Check out our website at www.skincareranked.com for more information.