With the temperature changing and all of the mini pumpkins strewn around time, I thought it was time we had a pretty serious talk about transitional skin care. You change your clothes, your workout routine and your eating habits (hello, mac’n cheese) during Fall and Winter, so why not your skin care? You and your skin deserve it!
For once in my life, I’m going to let someone else do the talking here. An expert. I’ve been lucky enough to talk to Celeste Hilling, healthy skin care expert and CEO & Founder, Skin Authority. I’ve met Celeste in person, and she is equal parts beautiful and intelligent. I can’t tell you how excited I am to bring you her expert advice!
Without further ado, I hand things over to Celeste!
Just as you transition your closet and make-up for a new season, you should also transition your skin care. Fall and winter often bring frigid, dry air; overheated buildings; and reduced exposure to sunlight; all of which can wreak havoc on your skin.
When moving from heated homes to heated cars to heated office buildings, our skin experiences less than 4% humidity in the recirculated air. When skin is denied moisture, two things occur: 1. surface skin becomes dehydrated and chapped; 2. beneath the surface, sebaceous glands compensate by producing more oil. The oil and debris become trapped in the dry surface layers, which can lead to breakouts and irritation.
To counteract this onset of skin madness, I suggest that you:
- Ditch dryness: Take quick, lukewarm showers, exfoliate from head to toe to slough off dead skin cells, and apply lotion as soon as you step out of the shower to seal in moisture. I love body moisturizers that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients such as shea butter, aloe and olive oil. Here’s one of my favorites: Skin Authority Olive Fig Shea Butter Body Cream.
- Embrace exfoliation: Regular facial exfoliation speeds up the cell turnover process, which allows the body to produce moisture-bearing properties like hyaluronic acid. I recommend using a resurfacing agent like glycolic acid. Commonly derived from sugar cane, glycolic acid gently dissolves dead surface skin cells, instead of peeling or scrubbing. — Kristin interjecting here, I love the Skin Authority Resurfacing Accelerator and the 3-in-1 in Cleansing System.
- Become a mask maven: Masks play an important role in restoring nutrients and protective antioxidants the help skin fight the effects of overexposure to cold, dry winter air. Try applying a mask of eucalyptus, clay and sulphur once a week to put nutrients and moisture back into your skin while fighting inflammation.
- Don’t forget sunscreen: Cooler temps are not an excuse to skip sunscreen. Apply a full-spectrum, moisturizing sunscreen daily to all exposed skin, which often includes our faces, neck, ears, décolletage, hands and forearms. If you want to re-create that vacation glow, take a moisturizing sunscreen, add two drops of foundation, and mix together for a natural look.
- Boost your D: It’s estimated that one billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient; a number that goes up in winter. Unbalanced vitamin D hormone levels contribute to skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and heavy wrinkling. Apply a topical D Serum daily under sunscreen to give skin a daily dose of D. Internally, salmon, tuna, and mackerel, cheese and mushrooms are rich Vitamin D sources.
- Stop hoarding products: Use the change of season to inventory your skin care stash. Forget hoarding 20 products, you only need two or three. In the morning, I suggest a mild gel cleanser, an anti-oxidant such as Vitamin C, and a sunscreen moisturizer. Before going to bed, use resurfacing ingredients such as AHAs and retinols in addition to restorative peptides.
A huge thank you to Celeste for sharing her transitional skin care tips and tricks. There is no reason to look anything other than fabulous all year long!
What changes do you make to your skin care routine as the temperatures cool?
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