With the weather starting to cool down and Fall setting in, who doesn't love cozy oversized sweaters, falling leaves and hot drinks? Sadly, our skin might not be too happy about the dipping temperatures and windy weather. As the seasons start to change, so does our skin. The drop in humidity and dry, cold air typically leads to even drier, breakout-prone, dull and irritated skin.
Follow our top tips below to successfully transition your skincare routine from summer to fall without causing your skin to freak out.
Use a gentle cleansing oil or balm. Our skin can produce less oil in the colder months, so it's good to use more moisturizing, gentle cleansers. Oil based cleansers will leave your skin more hydrated, and won't lead to any unnecessary dryness.
Switch to a heavier and thicker face oil. We all love a lightweight oil and while they're amazing to use all year round, especially in the spring and summer months. It's ideal to switch to a heftier hydrating oil in the colder months. We recommend using oils that are full of essential fatty acids to lock in moisture, restore the lipid barrier and keep skin extra hydrated and replenished.
Our Restore Facial Oil is perfect for making the switch to a more nourishing, richer oil as it's balanced with heavier but non-comedogenic oils Hemp Seed oil, Passion Fruit Seed, Argan and Rosehip to effectively soothe dry, irritated skin, encourage skin growth and work to repair damage, preserving collagen and elastin to tighten and smooth skin. While being balanced with lightweight, skin mimicking Squalane that also acts as a super light protective barrier to lock moisture into the skin.
Add a hydrating serum and/or retinol alternative serum. Using a retinol alternative serum, means that you can use it during the summer as well since it won't make you sun sensitive like typical retinol. High in fatty acids and Vitamin A to fight against age spots, our Resurface Retinol Alternative Serum not only works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but helps to protect the cells from environmental damages (like cold weather, harsh winds etc). Formulated with Niacinamide to support and strengthen the skin barrier, while increasing ceramide production that works to retain and lock in moisture to the skin, helping to prevent dryness and irritation.
Gently exfoliate. The summer can lead to dead skin cell build up. Exfoliating will help to remove any dry, dead skin, giving you a fresher complexion. While exfoliating is key to healthy, clear skin — in the winter it's important to stay away from harsh exfoliants that can create cracks in the skin barrier, leading to moisture loss and irritation. Instead move towards more gentle exfoliates, like our Detox and Purify Clay Masks. Make sure to follow up with a soothing, hydrating facial oil after exfoliating.
Keep using SPF. Sun damage happens any day, any time, no matter if it's sunny or not! Even in overcast weather, UV rays still penetrate the skin, accelerating aging. Rain or shine, hot or cold — always apply SPF!
Sleep with a humidifer. Dry heat in your home can cause damage to the skin barrier. Low humidity and dry air can lead to dry, cracked skin. Investing in a humidifier, will boost the hydration in your home, in turn not irritating your skins natural barrier. Turn it on as soon as you put the heat on.
Add in a body lotion or oil. Don't forget about the rest of your body! The air tends to be drier in the fall, so the skin can start to feel more dry and itchy, as there is less moisture in the air to help hydrate your skin. Make sure to load up on hydrating oils from head to toe. Using body oils helps to provide a protective barrier for the skin and allows it to retain more hydration.
Hydrate your lips. Not only does our skin get dry during the colder months, our lips do too. To prevent chapped, cracked lips use oils that lock in moisture. Lip masks are also a great option! Pro tip: when adding our facial oils to your face and neck, add a drop or two to your lips as well for extra moisture.
Stay hydrated. Simple but sometimes easy to forget! Make sure you're drinking enough water, to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.