The long, warm days of summer are starting to turn into shorter, cooler fall days. This change in weather bringing a wardrobe and makeup change but it is also the ideal time to re-evaluate your skin care regime and transition it from summer to fall.
Our skin is vulnerable to temperature change. In the summer, we overexpose it to the sun, chlorine, salt and air conditioning. These elements accelerate the appearance of pigmentation and fine lines, dehydrate the skin, irritate sensitive skin and congest oily skin. As we transition to cool, dry, windy autumn weather, our skin requires repairing from the damage of the summer sun and becomes more dehydrated which causes fine lines and wrinkles to be more visible.
1. Adjust your Cleansing Routine
With the cooler temperatures, how is your skin feeling after cleansing? If it feels tight, it may be time to switch to a more hydrating lotion or oil cleanser and incorporate the use of a hemp facecloth or konjac sponge with your cleanser.
We build up dead skin over the summer months so now is the ideal time to refine your skin with a professional enzyme peel as well as weekly at home exfoliation to minimize the appearance of dark spots and smooth out the surface of your skin for a clear and bright complexion. Remember to exfoliate not only your face, but also your lips to avoid dry, flaky lips. Follow up with a moisturizing lip balm.
3. Adjust your Moisturizer
Our skin may become dehydrated, dry and flaky as we transition into cool, crisp, dry autumn days so it's time to step up the hydration. Switch to a more deeply hydrating moisturizer to avoid developing dry patches and leave you glowing, plumped, smoothed and firm.
Don’t forget the eye area. This delicate skin also requires more moisture with a suitable eye cream during the colder months. An eye cream differs from a facial moisturizer in texture, absorption and function.
4. Introduce a Weekly Masque
The transition from summer to fall to winter brings drier air, which can rob your skin of moisture. That means that even if you adjust to a richer moisturizer, it may not be enough. Masques are powerhouses of skin care so for maximum results introduce a hydrating masque to your skin care regime. Find a convenient way to masque - whether it is applied as an overnight cream, while soaking in the bathtub or even before you get into the shower.
5. Introduce a Serum
A serum is also a powerhouse for healthy beauty. Cold, dry weather dehydrates our skin and whole drinking water helps to hydrate the body, adding a topical serum will help hydrate and nourish the skin. Apply 2-3 drops of serum onto clean skin or into your moisturizer to plump up the skin and boost the skin’s natural repair mechanisms.
A serum provides powerful antioxidant activity to repair and rejuvenate the skin. It can soothe inflammation, brighten pigmentation, even out skin tone, hydrate, balance, plump and firm skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
6. Sun Protection
Whether it's a clear autumn day or a gray one, your skin still needs protection from aging and burning ultraviolet rays in the fall. Reapply every 2 hours.
In addition to hydrating the skin, keep your body well nourished and hydrate the skin from within. Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily. Add lemon, orange or cucumber slices to it. I am huge advocate for a healthy diet and a green juice every morning to maintain a natural, healthy glow and to re-energize dull/dehydrated post-summer skin.
Tell us how you transition your skin from summer to fall.