If you missed our summer skincare routine, your skin might be feeling a little rough. Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean your skin isn't still feeling the effects of its damage. All the pool chlorine, sun exposure, dry air, and lack of sunscreen (we do it too) really take a toll on your skin. This leads to an increase in freckles, dark spots, dead skin build up, and dry skin. But just because you had fun during the summer, does not mean your skin has to suffer all Autumn season. Here is how you can help fix and prevent more skin issues this season.
Step 1: Access & Treat Your Summer Skin Damage
Does your skin feel dry, dull or flakey? Dead skin build up is typically the culprit. To get rid of this, use a chemical peel, mud mask and/or body scrub to exfoliate and rejuvenate your dry skin. (Note: different parts of your body require different types of exfoliation). Our honey aloe scrub is great to use on your face. You can also use serums and oils to treat dark spots and fine lines.
Step 2: Recognize Dry Skin CausesOnce you have helped treat your summer symptoms, now it is time to address the Fall season. We all know Fall makes our skin dry, but do you really know why? Well, in fact, there are numerous factors that result in dry skin this season. Here are the top causes:
· cold weather
· sun exposure
· winter wardrobe
· hot showers
Step 3: Prevent Autumn Skin Problems
Cold Weather: We know this season calls for cold, dry air climates. To create a barrier, cover up exposed skin from harsh weather. Cold weather and dry winds can chap your skin causing irritation. In addition to layering, make sure to moisturize every day, especially after showering. You should focus on dry areas, applying more lotion or a more concentrated moisturizer to problem areas. We suggest using our Vitamin C serum that helps hydrate your skin without making it oily, leaving your skin with the moisture it needs.
Sun Exposure: The sun's UV rays are just as harmful this season as they are in the summer heat. The clouds may obstruct the sun's heat, but your skin still bares the effects if you are not wearing sunscreen. Sunscreen is just as important as moisturizer, so be sure to wear it every day you go outside. We suggest you purchase a broad spectrum sunscreen for all year around use. Or you can use our Vitamin C serum.
Winter Wardrobe: Did you know your clothes can make or break your skin this Autumn? If you cover up your skin, you may be protecting yourself from the harmful climate, but irritating it by wearing wool or synthetic fabric. This may cause rashes or itching. In order to prevent this, wear cotton or breathable fabrics and layers between fabrics if you choose to wear wool.
Hot Showers: Admit it, a hot shower feels amazing on a cold day. However, after a long day in the cold weather your skin is being further striped of any moisture it has left, leaving it to be dry and flake. You should be using warm or lukewarm water during your shower and limit it to 10-15 minutes long. You can also try out our hydrating coconut milk body scrub that will give your skin the extra nourishment it needs to fight the cold weather. Afterwards, be sure to pat your skin dry, not rub; and, apply a moisturizer to improve your skin's health. This goes for washing your hands too!