It’s September and the cool, crisp morning air and breezy evenings immediately change your mood from Summer to Fall. You start to think about your Fall wardrobe like sweaters, boots, soft velvety skirts, scarves and such. Many people like to change up their make up from cool summer favorites to warm fall colors. Seasonal changes hook you into the new colors and fashions that are hot for this season and it gets you ready for days full of football and hot chocolate! Well, it’s fun right up until you decide to try new make-up and when looking in the mirror you realize your skin is dry and dehydrated from all that summer fun. Is your first thought to cover up problems with concealers? Oops! Don’t forget that seasonal changes affect your skin.
What to do when seasonal changes affect your skin . . .
Before you go purchasing tons of concealers and corrective make-up balms be sure to remove all the dry, dead skin cells that are still hanging on to your top facial layer. The sun can do damage faster than you realize. A skincare regime is important. We don’t always remember our SPF 30! Don’t beat yourself up – just exfoliate away the dry skin. Here is a great system:
1) Cleanse your face first to remove dirt and oils. If you don’t cleanse first, but jump right into exfoliating you might open up your pores only to have debris sit in there and turn into an unwanted zit! ugh! Let’s not set up that scenario. Try to find a cleanser with 2% glycolic to help begin the process. It is a bit more aggressive and if the object is to exfoliate, starting with a glycolic cleanser will help remove debris even faster.
2) Your exfoliating product should be applied next. No, do not use straight sugar or salt on your skin as it is way too harsh and you will most likely end up tearing your skin. If the skin is very irritated anything you put on it afterward is going to make you red, red, red! (a true sigh your skin is unhappy). Be sure that your product does not contain walnut shells (nuts are ok, they are softer) in general stay away from this old school solution. Instead take a look at natural product with rice bran - a great natural way to exfoliate gently and effectively! Just remember to let the natural product do the work for you - you should not have to aggressively scrub for it to remove your dry, dehydrated, sun damaged layers. Be sure to get the nose and chin areas and many customers love to exfoliate the décolleté (chest area) in order to keep their chest area looking as young as their facial area.
3) Be sure to remove all the product. Be diligent in removing the exfoliating product from your face and hairline. It tends to get a bit messy. At the end, use cool water to ensure that your pores are closing up. It's ok to have your face be a bit wet or damp when you apply your moisturizer.
4) At this point you can apply a special serum or just apply your favorite thicker, fall moisturizer. That's right! Time to put away those thin moisturizers you loved during the hot summer. With the coolness now and especially after just exfoliating, you need to re-hydrate your skin with a super moisturizer. Don't let the seasonal changes affect your skin badly. Find something with awesome peptides, Co-Q-10 and your favorite natural ingredient. You need a nice thick moisturizer for cooler autumn breezes - keep your skin protected!
As seasonal changes affect your skin, just change up your skincare routine and all will be great.
Try to avoid concealing dryness with more make-up - you are not covering up anything - just causing problems later as acne appears. Keep your skin clean and clear with a routine exfoliation process and don't forget to re-hydrate after that process with a great natural moisturizer. Have a wonderful fall. Do you have a special routine? Be sure to share your story in our comments section. Thank you!