Now that fall is here, it’s time to not only shake up your wardrobe, but also your skin care routine. Start the new season with healthy, glowing skin with these tips on taking your face from summer to fall.
We’re not suggesting any drastic changes, but with different seasons come different priorities and concerns. In addition to getting ready for the havoc that winter may bring, fall is a great time to repair the damage that summer caused.
During the hot summer months, our skin care revolved around sun protection and oil control but now that the crisp, cool autumn air is here, it’s time to change gears and think about keeping your skin soft and moisturized. Note: This is not an excuse to stop wearing sunscreen; this is simply a change in priorities.
Cleanse and Exfoliate: And after months of sweat and sunscreen, pores have the tendency to be clogged, which leads to dull skin…..so now is the time to exfoliate, which will slough away dead skin and unclog pores. But do so gently so you don’t irritate your skin. You don’t need special equipment to exfoliate. An “old fashioned” washcloth and some gentle facial cleanser should do the trick without causing irritation. Work in circular motions all over your face to gently exfoliate dead skin cells. How easy is that! Our gentle non-soap cleansers won’t strip away too much oil, but will still get rid of dirt and dead skin cells trapped in the pores. Our products contain antioxidants and vitamins which are essential for evening out discoloration and hyper-pigmentation, and oxygen quells the free radical damage caused by summer sun.
Get your Scrub on in the morning: Your skin renews itself overnight, so exfoliate your skin in the morning to slough away any dead skin.
BUT Be gentle! This is especially true for acne-prone skin: If you suffer from acne-prone or oily skin, scrubbing your face won’t make the oil and spots disappear, it will most likely do the opposite. And using products with harsh chemicals like benzoyl peroxide can send your sebaceous glands into a frenzy, causing them to produce more oil than necessary, creating a rebound effect, resulting in more breakouts. So, stick to exfoliating once or twice a week and use a non-soap, benzoyl peroxide free cleanser – like ours!
Tone: Oh no! – If you have been using an alcohol-based toner – put it away! These toners dehydrate your skin, which is the last thing you want, especially when temperatures start to dip and air gets dry. Our oxygen infused toners are alcohol free and contain Aloe Vera to keep your skin hydrated and refreshed. And because they are pH-balanced, your skin’s delicate protective barrier will be maintained.
MOISTURIZE: MOISTURIZE EVERY SINGLE DAY
Hydrate your skin on a daily basis with a non-greasy moisturizer that absorbs quickly and easily. Ours, with Aloe Vera soothes irritated and environmentally stressed skin. And if you want to keep dry skin at bay, the best time to apply your body lotion is right after you’ve dried off after your shower or bath. That way you seal in the moisture that’s already been absorbed into your skin. And speaking of showers….
WATCH THAT WATER TEMPERATURE
A long, hot shower can feel divine when the weather gets chilly, but it can actually wreak havoc on your skin, stripping away oil and leading to parched, dry, and scaly skin. To avoid these issues, lower the temperature to warm and keep your bath or shower short. This is especially important when washing your face in the shower! If you must keep it steamy, at least turn down the dial before you expose your face to the water—or wait until after you get out to wash your face. Then pat, don’t rub, your skin and apply a moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp.
FALL IS THE TIME TO ESTABLISH GOOD HABITS
Dirty makeup brushes can transfer germs and bacteria to your skin, causing breakouts. Many professionals suggest washing your brushes every few weeks. Instead of using plain soap or baby shampoo, try using a squirt of Facial Cleanser. It’s antibacterial and won’t dry out the bristles. And you know it won’t irritate your skin!
1.Begin by running your brushes under lukewarm water, rinsing out all of the residual makeup. Try to focus on the actual bristles while avoiding the part of the brush where the handle meets the head, as this can loosen the glue over time
2.Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a squirt of cleanser, and gently swirl your brush tip in the water. If you need to, you can also swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to work up a lather
3.Rinse the brush tip under running water once again. Repeat steps two and three until the water runs clear from the brush,
4.Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go.
5.Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry.
And there you have it! Your makeup brushes will be clean as a whistle.
In addition to modifying your skin care routine, it is crucial to take care of yourself from within. Always drink plenty of water and eat a wholesome, balanced diet. In the fall and winter, the air can suck the moisture right out of your skin; staying hydrated will help keep your skin beautiful. And it’s easy to enjoy fall foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants, like apples, pears, brussels sprouts, pumpkin and squash.