Summer is gone. Time to get ready for the colder fall season coming. That means new clothes and new footwear, probably even a new hairdo. Do you have to change your skincare routine too?
Many women and men fall into the trap of following the same skincare regimen throughout the seasons. They use their “phenomenal” products in summer and stick to it all the way through fall and winter. But, why? Product loyalty won’t give your skin the care it needs to successfully survive the constantly changing conditions of the environment, even when the products that you are using have been specially formulated to address the peculiar needs of your skin type.
Take a minute to study your fall routine more closely. To keep your skin healthy, here’s how your fall skin care regimen should look like:
Step 1: Cleanse and tone. Always the first step, this dual skin cleaning strategy not only rids your skin of dirt, makeup residue, hardened oils and other impurities, but also prepares your skin to receive treatment formulations and let these seep in and sink deeply. Cleanse only with lukewarm water. Use only mild and gentle facial cleansers and toners.
Step 2: Exfoliate. It’s normal to believe that exfoliating may dry up your skin in fall even more. When the weather is colder, however, your skin tends to shed a lot. That leaves a buildup of dead skin and impurities on the surface of your skin which makes your skin appear dry, dull and hard to manage. Regular, not daily, exfoliation in fall is necessary to turnover your skin so you can always show off youthful, dewy skin amidst the chilly weather.
Step 3: Scrub. Facilitate faster skin cell turnover for the rest of your body too by giving yourself a gentle scrub. If you like using tools like loofah, you’re better off using a towelette instead. Bacteria tend to become deposited and left unwashed on loofahs and mitts, whereas a towelette can be washed and dried after every use. Use only lukewarm water even for your body.
Step 4: Moisturize your face and skin. Whenever you can, incorporate an essential oil in your routine. The most moisturizing ones include coconut oil, olive oil, carrot oil, rosewater, and tea tree oil. Added benefits include easily absorptive, natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Just keep in mind that essential oils must be used diluted and cosmetic grade. Combine with antioxidant serums and essences.
Step 5: Put on sunscreen. Whoever thinks that sunscreen is only for the beach is seriously misinformed about UV radiation and how it damages your skin. For as long as you don’t see a pitch black sky, UV is just waiting to prey on your skin. Use sunscreen even when the sun seems to be barely there. Take extra care in selecting a sunscreen that won’t irritate your skin more.
Step 6: Keep your skin moisturized. Keep a facial moisturizer, lip balm and hand lotion inside your bag. Do not hesitate to apply on your skin when the surrounding atmosphere becomes too dry.
Step 7: Deep moisturize in between. Whether spring, summer, winter or fall, deep miniaturization is a must to keep your skin supple to the touch. Use oxidizing, sheet or rubber face masks to improve skin hydration as well as blood and oxygen circulation. This process takes only 20 minutes of your time — tops — so don’t miss out on those opportunities to spoil your skin some more.
Step 8: Keep water and mist within reach. Keep your skin hydrated from outside and within. Take frequent water breaks. Spray your mist around your face whenever the air gets to dry and stiff.
Step 9: Remove all makeup and products from your skin before you sleep. Oil-based makeup remover is the best way to take off makeup. No need to rub as this will gently wipe away your products. Cleanse and tone again at night.
Step 10: Apply thicker moisturizers at night. Use a sleep pack. Or, put on an evening moisturizer with a thicker formulation that is meant to speed up skin cell regeneration.
Your skin needs the same intensity of TLC whatever the season may be but, the structure and composition of your skincare must vary.
Sara Biston, who lives in New York City, USA – a freelance article writer by profession. She is an experienced writer who loves writing about beauty, skin care & lifestyle. She believes in spreading a word of happiness through her writings. Sara’s passion for beauty & skincare became the catalyst for a major career change. She is firm believing the fact that “Tough time never lost but Tough people do”. She also writes for The Beauty Insiders.