It was a long, hot summer, and it’s finally fall! Cooler weather, leaves are changing, pumpkin spice everything, and life is good. Except, your skin is dry, damaged, and feeling like it needs a new routine…
Our skin goes through cycles the same way the earth does as the seasons change. Think about it: Your skin has been experiencing humidity and powerful sun, salt-water and chlorine. We’ve been loading on sunscreen and getting spray tans. Let’s not forget those hot summer nights with bronzer and highlight for that glow. Our skin has taken a beating. Now we remove all these elements, and enter cooler air, less humidity. We’re going to have to switch things up to balance out our skin.
First step is finding a non-drying cleanser. There are many different options from oil cleansers and balms being the most hydrating, to foaming which removes pretty much all oil from the skin. There is also the skincare trend of double cleansing, which uses an oil or balm to remove makeup as a first cleanse, then switching to something a little stronger for a deeper cleanse. For dry/sensitive skin, and in cooler months, we recommend sticking to an oil cleanser or balm and following up with a hydrating toner. This will protect the skin’s own moisture barrier. Milky/creamy cleansers are nice but will not remove makeup and debris the way an oil will. Make sure you are using both if you want to use two cleansers.
Toners sometimes get a bad rap for their tendency to act like an astringent and dry out the skin. Skincare has come a long way since your drugstore astringent, and now offer hydrating and soothing ingredients that act as a humectant for the skin, holding in moisture. Toners will balance the pH in the skin, preventing it from irritation. It also deep cleans the pores which can reduce their size. Lactic Acid is a great ingredient in a toner for its gentle exfoliating yet hydrating properties, that is safe for the most sensitive skin. Aloe Vera of course is a natural calming ingredient that is found in toners. Green Tea Extract is a powerful antioxidant that is a known redness and inflammation reducer, while supplying the skin with nutrients to help strengthen it.
Exfoliation is key for healthy skin that is fresh and clean, but there is a fine line to cross into over-exfoliation. When the skin is over-exfoliated, it becomes dry and irritated, can breakout in acne and will cause pre-mature aging, aka wrinkles. Two to three times a week is recommended, depending on the product used. Peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, and other spa treatments should only be done once a month. At home scrubs and acids can be used weekly. We recommend using a retinol-based serum a few times a week to speed up cellular turnover and dissolve blackheads and clogged pores. A gentle manual exfoliant such as a scrub that uses soft beads like Jojoba can polish off dead skin and micro-bacteria that builds up on the skin. During the cooler months you can tone down the routine to twice a week.
The most important thing to do in cooler seasons is to repair your skin from all the damage it receives over the summer. Antioxidants are key in the this. Ones to look out for are Polyphenols, such as Green Tea Extract mentioned before, Vitamin C, Retinol (Vitamin A), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Rosehip Seed Oil, Ferulic Acid, Carbamide, and many more.
An absolute non-negotiable for hydrated skin are humectants. These ingredients hold water in the skin cells, making it appear plump, smooth, calm and healthy. When skin is dehydrated (lack of water), it looks dull, has fine lines, discolored, and rough texture. Not a good look. Even the most oily skin types can experience dehydration, especially in the colder seasons. Our number one choice for helping this is Hyaluronic Acid. It holds up to 1000 times it’s weight in water, making it a clear choice for all skin types. It will not make skin feel oilier, as it is water-based. Vegetable based Glycerin is another excellent humectant you can find in skincare. It is known for its ability to facilitate absorption of other ingredients, and evening out skin tone.
Emollients, or moisturizers, are obviously a major part in hydrating and protecting the skin, but something many people leave out. Emollient is derived from the latin word mollire, which means to soften. That is exactly what a good moisturizer will do for your skin. Even in fall and winter months, using an SPF during the day in your moisturizer is necessary. To prevent against aging and skin cancer, it is mandatory. Look out for light-weight moisturizers that use emollients such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Carbamide, Vegetable Based Wax, Beeswax, and Jojoba Oil.
Check out the ingredient list of Skin at Peace, and you will find every ingredient necessary to get your skin healthy and hydrated for the new season. Use promo code FALL20 to receive 20% off all purchases. Happy Fall, and we can’t wait to prepare you for winter skin!