Have you ever noticed that in the fall, your skin gets dryer, duller, and more prone to red spots? After having spent the summer soaking up the sun, your skin is about to undergo a transition, and the colder weather could have undesirable effects on your epidermis.
To limit these undesirable effects and transition with ease into the new season, take a few minutes to revaluate your beauty routine.
What happens at the end of summer?
The prolonged sun exposure causes the skin to dry out, and a richer moisturizer is key. Your skin might also appear duller due to pigment spots that often appear during the warmer months. To revitalize your skin, a facial treatment at the start of every season is highly recommended.
New season, new beauty bag
To prepare your skin for the winter season, a cleanup of your beauty bag is a must:
- Say goodbye to light moisturizers! The colder weather calls for a richer cream. Shea butter, for example, is an excellent option. Use it to moisturize your entire body after your shower.
- Don’t use products that “strip” your skin. Products that contain soap or alcohol can cause dry skin to become even drier.
- Opt for cleansing milks, which contain more fats than micellar water.
- Add facial masks to your beauty routine. Apply a mask once a week, after gently exfoliating your skin—this will allow the moisturizing products to penetrate your skin better.
- Enhance your beauty routine with a serum, which helps even out the skin tone, moisturize, and revitalize. Its main advantage? A serum is three times more concentrated than a cream and targets your skin’s specific needs.
- Don’t stop using sunscreen! Even though the sun is not as intense as during the summer months, it’s important to continue to protect your skin all year long.
Use a gentle exfoliator
A gentle exfoliator is recommended once a week to help your skin glow. A good exfoliator washes away dead skin cells and leaves you feeling revitalized. Plus, any products that are applied after the exfoliator, like a serum or mask, will be more effective. However, during the colder months, opt for a gentle exfoliator, as the skin is more sensitive during this time of the year. And if you have very sensitive skin, we recommend using an enzymatic exfoliator with mechanical exfoliating properties, which scrubs away dead skin cells thanks to its microbeads.
Of course, you should also continue to wash your face once a day with a gentle cleanser. And remember: a proper cleansing means gently rubbing the product into your skin for 60 to 90 seconds to ensure it deeply penetrates and washes away all impurities.
Dry hands and chapped lips
These two sensitive areas are the most exposed to the cold air and deserve to be well protected! When it comes to the hands, avoid hot water, and make sure to thoroughly dry them after each washing. A daily hand cream is also a must during the colder months. To give your lips some TLC, make sure to always have a good lip balm on hand. We recommend one that contains shea butter, cocoa butter, grape seed oil, honey, vitamin A, or vitamin E.
Your interior beauty matters, too
We all know that the secret to glowing skin starts with healthy life habits, like a balanced diet that is rich in antioxidants, at least eight hours of sleep every night, daily hydration of approximately 1.5 litres of water, and a reduced intake of alcohol.
As the cold months near, consider integrating a daily “boost” of supplements to your routine, such as probiotics, amino acids, or multivitamins that contain biotin, vitamin C, and keratin.
Cocooning season is the perfect time to treat your skin to a little extra TLC. Say goodbye to dryness, redness, and imperfections, and hello to glowing, healthy skin!