Skincare: Changing with the Seasons
As the seasons change, our skincare routine may need to evolve to address the specific needs of our skin. Each season exposes our skin to unique environmental factors, resulting in various skin concerns. In this post, we’ll delve into the importance of adapting our skincare routines with the transitioning seasons.
Understanding Our Skin’s Needs
In order to successfully adjust your skincare routine, it’s essential to understand the skin’s unique needs during the changing seasons. During the fall, cooler temperatures and lower humidity levels can lead to dryness and dehydration in our skin. This is because colder air has a lower moisture content, which exacerbates transepidermal water loss in the skin. Additionally, dry indoor heating or car heaters only further dry out our skin.
Boosting Hydration and Moisture
To combat these effects of the cool, dry seasons, it’s important to focus on hydrating and moisturizing products along with the rest of your routine. This can be achieved by incorporating products that contain hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides to name a few. These emollient and humectant ingredients help to attract and retain moisture in the skin and support the skin’s moisture barrier. It’s also helpful to make some swaps in your routine for more hydrating options, for example, switching your morning cleanser from a foaming to a creamy cleanser like Sente’s Daily Soothing Cleanser or ZO Skin’s Balancing Cleansing Emulsion.
Sente Dermal Repair Cream takes moisturizer to the next level by utilizing HSA (Heparan Sulfate Analog) technology to restore and maintain long-term hydration. Skin Ceuticals Triple Lipid Restore is another unique moisturizer. It features a patented formulation with a 2:4:2 ratio of ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids, which effectively restores the skin’s barrier and enhances its natural protective function for lasting moisture.
The Importance of Exfoliation
While moisture is essential during the fall, exfoliation also plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy skin. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that can build upon the surface of our skin, leading to a dull and uneven complexion, congestion, and breakouts. However, it’s important to note that there isn’t a one-size fits all formula when it comes to exfoliation. There are numerous options available for exfoliation products, including enzymatic, chemical (such as AHA and BHA), physical, and retinoids that enhance cellular turnover in the skin. To nail the perfect exfoliation routine, teaming up with an esthetician is always the way to go.
Keep Up With SPF All Year Round
Even as the seasons change, diligent sunscreen usage remains vital because the sun’s UV rays are ever-present. Sunscreen helps prevent the cumulative damage caused by unprotected UV exposure, which results in oxidative stress, free radical damage, and cellular dysfunction. This damage can accelerate skin aging and increase the risk of skin cancer long-term. Particularly ominous are UVA rays, which are present as long as daylight is, and can penetrate through windows and even clouds. Hence, even as the leaves change color and weather cools down, maintaining diligent SPF usage and reapplication throughout the day should remain an unwavering part of your skincare routine. Frequent reapplication is essential, and will not only help with your skin’s health, but also support moisture when you use a buttery, moisturizing formula like IS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF 30.
As we transition into fall, focusing on hydration and moisture is key, along with being mindful of our exfoliation routine. By incorporating these changes into our skincare routine, we can maintain healthy and glowing skin all year round. Remember to always consult with your esthetician for personalized skincare advice and recommendations.