As the seasons change and the leaves begin to turn, so should our skincare routine.
The warmth and humidity of the summer months made it easier for our skin to retain its moisture and natural protective barrier. This time of year, cold temperatures and heaters make for dryer air causing our skin to lose essential moisture.
This autumn protect your skin from dryness, increased sensitivity and that lacklustre appearance by making some simple tweaks to your skincare regime.
Change up your products
Keep skin looking healthy and supple by opting for rich, creamy products. If a lightweight, gel moisturizer is your go-to for summer, consider a thicker formula for fall and winter. Choose a cream that hydrates, protects and helps skin retain moisture, especially overnight when skin regenerates. Likewise, with cleansers, switch from a gel or foam to a cream or milk. Cream and milk cleansers are best for dry, dehydrated and delicate skin.
Exfoliate with caution
When the weather changes and our skin appears dry and dull, our first notion might be to rid our faces of the offending surface. Not so fast! Scrubbing or peeling away layers of your dry, dehydrating skin could worsen the issues. Exfoliating too often or too aggressively can lead to irritation and sensitivity, especially during the colder months when our skin is more delicate and requires extra care. Use a mild exfoliant or peel sparingly, and as directed by your skincare expert.
Nourish your skin
Add vitamin-rich skincare ingredients to your routine to protect your skin during harsher weather. Vitamins C, E and A are three key antioxidants. They each fight free radicals and skin aging helping to maintain skin health through fall and into winter. Vitamin C helps to regenerate the skin cells and brighten the complexion. Vitamin A evens out skin tone and texture, and vitamin E reduces the appearance of scars, acne, wrinkles and dark spots.
Continue using sunscreen
Just because the hot days of summer have gone for now, applying sunscreen should continue to be part of our daily autumn skincare routine. Exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays is limited during the cooler months, but they still pose a risk to our skin health. UV rays contribute to premature skin aging and increases our risk of skin cancer. Start your morning beauty routine by applying an SPF that’s right for your skin type and protect your skin all day long.
Book a facial
Experts say you should have a facial at least four times per year – at the start of each new season. Fall is the perfect time to visit us at Sanctuary. Your esthetician will provide you with a detailed skin analysis and advise you on any changes you might want to make to your skincare regime. She can assist you with product and treatment recommendations, putting you on the path to achieving great fall and winter skin!