Keeping your skin happy year-long means adjusting your routine for each season.
Here are our top 5 tips for transitioning to cold weather skincare.
1. Stay Hydrated
Your skin requires lots of water year-round, but it may need extra hydration and protection as cooler weather rolls in and the heater kicks on. Opt for serum during the day that builds a foundation for your moisturizer or a richer moisturizer when you start to notice your skin feeling tight or itchy after you cleanse. This will restore moisture and protect the skin on every level so you can expect a clear, comfortable complexion. While you may not be sweating quite as much during the mild days, remember that the air has much less moisture over all in the cold weather months, so you’ll need to replenish your water levels just as often as on a sweltering summer afternoon. Keep your water bottle nearby and take a bottle of Toner with you for a pick-me-up when you need it.
2. Wash Your Makeup Off
It seems the holiday celebrations start earlier every year. Parties and celebrations will soon invite you to stay out late and tempt you to skip your skincare routine and leave your makeup on overnight. Our advice? Don’t let a fun night out keep you from following through. Nothing clogs pores and dulls your skin like old cosmetic ingredients, so do your future face a favor — cleanse, tone and moisturize without fail. This is especially important when Halloween rolls around — heavy costume makeup is even more offensive to your skin than other products as it’s loaded with synthetic colors, scents, waxes and dyes. Use a gentle makeup remover and cleanser to get back to square one.
Stress wreaks havoc on your skin. While we know it’s not as easy as snapping your fingers to rid yourself of incoming holiday stress, do what you can for yourself to keep calm. Take some time to apply a mask, get an extra hour of sleep or get outside for some exercise. You’ll see the difference right away as blemishes subside, texture improves and your skin looks brighter over all.
4. Mind Your Heater
Ah, the glorious heater. Nothing feels better than a blast of warm air at the first sign of autumn chill, but what you might not know is that it’s pulling the moisture straight out of your skin. Artificial heat in your house, office or even your car dry out the air in no time, leaving your skin parched. It’s especially important to be mindful of your heat source in the early stages of fall when there is still residual dust and debris caked in your vents. Pre-cleanse and use a cream cleanser in the morning to remove dust that settled on your skin, followed with Toner to restore balance and a deeply moisturizing cream to protect against the elements outdoors. Autumn chill and generated heat cause your skin’s surface to dehydrate rapidly. Without care and attention, skin can develop micro-cracks on the surface which can cause an uncomfortable, inflammatory response, making your skin more susceptible to flare-ups of psoriasis and even eczema.
A note to those with facial hair: facial follicles can also be susceptible to drying out. Try a nourishing Beard Oil to help keep your hair soft and comfortable.
5. Don’t Forget Sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen should be a year-long part of your daily routine. Just because the sun has hidden bashfully behind a blanket of clouds doesn’t mean it’s not there. No matter the weather outside, UVA and UVB rays are present. An oil-based sunscreen will keep your face safe and soothe your skin simultaneously.
There you have it — our best advice for keeping your skin aglow when the skies turn grey. Happy fall, friends!