The month of September is approaching its end and we all know what that means - the end of summer. It's time to say goodbye to hot temperatures, endless beach days, shorter campfire nights, and our sun-kissed skin.
As the temperature begins to drop and we usher in the fall season, we also need to take the time to transition our routines. This change in weather also calls for a switch in our lifestyle habits - how we dress, how we spend our time, how we nourish ourselves, and even how we practice self care. Alongside fall comes more wind, cooler temperatures, drier air, and less sunlight. Combine that with the sun damage we may have had over the summer (even the most conscious of us forget sunscreen sometimes) and your skin is ready for some major TLC by the time the leaves are changing.
Below, we'll show you how to effectively transition from summer to fall skincare regimen;
Facial Oil is a Fall skincare essential
Many of us avoid oils during the hot season because summer increases oiliness and stickiness, but now that the temperature is going low is the best time to include a facial oil in your skincare arsenal. Diligently applying a facial oil has numerous benefits;
It alleviates dryness
It prevents dehydration of the skin by forming a protective layer on the skin thereby halting transepidermal water loss.
It improves the appearance of unhealthy, sallow skin.
It wards off free radicals emitted by the elements.
An amazing facial oil to try out this season is the Everyday Glo Oil. The Glo Oil is a plant-derived powerhouse that boasts of ingredients such as rosehip oil, liquid coconut oil sea buckthorn berry oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil. As its name implies, this product is an everyday oil that can be used all year round.
Balance Your use of Exfoliants
Exfoliation after summer is crucial especially if you want to lift a tan or reverse signs of sun damage. But when it comes to removing annoying, dead skin cells from your skin during the cooler months, you should find a "sweet spot."
Over-exfoliation will leave your skin tight and irritated, while not exfoliating enough will leave your skin looking dull and tired.
Aim for 2-3 times weekly exfoliation to reveal fresh, youthful complexion. It is crucial to choose exfoliants that are mild and soothing to the skin. Using a gentle exfoliating cleanser is a great way to incorporate exfoliants into your Fall skincare lineup.
A Moisturizer is a life-saver
The lightweight moisturizer for humid summer months will not adequately moisturize your skin during the colder season.
Opt for a thick, super-enriched moisturizer that contains nourishing ingredients that will moisturize your skin. Your moisturizer should be thick enough to prevent water loss from the top layer of your skin when it gets windy and cold. Heavy moisturizers also prevent cool weather conditions such as dryness, eczema flare-ups, flaking etc.
Hot showers are a no-no
Now that summer is leaving chilly air in its wake, many of us might be tempted to take hot showers to stay warm. Does this sound like you? If yes, we advise that you let go of wanting to indulge in hot baths.
Bathing hot water during the cooler months will strip oil from your skin leaving your skin dry, flaky, and itchy. Protect your skin barrier by using lukewarm showers.
Sunscreen use is non-negotiable.
Thinking of abandoning your sunscreen now that sunlight is no longer intense? Have a rethink! Although the sun no longer emits intense heat like in summer months, the truth is that the sun still releases Ultraviolet rays even on dark, windy days.
So, there's a probability that the sun can wreak havoc on your skin on the coldest of days. You need your sunscreen on your beauty shelf come rain or shine.
As the seasons come and go, it is important to practice transitional skincare to suit your skin's needs when necessary. Understanding your skin and the right products you need to use at a given time will help you maintain a vibrant and healthy complexion all year round.