Whether it`s spring, summer, autumn or winter; our skin needs special attention.
Summer and winter are two seasons in which extreme environmental factors prevail: the sun, the dry air and the snow can all take their toll on our skin. Spring and autumn, on the other hand, represent the perfect time to renew, to recover from previous environmental aggressions and emerge restored and refreshed whilst prepping the skin for harsher climates.
In autumn, atmosphere characteristics are dry and cooler.
Skin issues: rough, dry, dehydrated, drab skin (summer aftermath).
Remedy: moisturize, protect and prepare.
During summer, our skin is exposed to several aggressive elements (such as the sun, sand, insect repellents, etc.) which can damage the skin.
1. Moisturize while you cleanse. It is advisable to switch to a creamier, gentle, non-clogging cleanser that will add extra moisture and protect your skin from environmental aggressions.
2. Steer clear of heavy metals. Chlorine, fluorine, etc. disturb the skin`s acid mantle leading to imbalances
3. Use mildly acidic, hydrating toners. They will finalize the cleansing process and balance the skin`s pH.
4. Do exfoliate, but be gentle. Summer damage can result in cellular build-up on the skin`s surface. To effectively remove dead skin cells and leave the skin smooth, it is advisable to frequently exfoliate using mildly acidic, natural formulations. pH balanced exfoliates support the skin`s natural functions and prep the skin to better absorb nutrients without causing irritation, a crucial aspect considering our skins have been exposed to several aggressions during summer.
5. Tailor your routine. In order to repair your summer skin and prepare it for winter inclemencies, you will need to modify your moisturizing regime. Your skin needs richer, more emollient creams (especially at night) that keep the skin elastic and lubricious.
6. Shield your skin. Although sun radiation is less intense, you should continue protecting your skin against damaging UV rays. Use daily a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and remember to re-apply it every 2 hours.
7. Fix summer damage with a weekly treatment. Seasonal fresh fruits, when applied topically, can slough off dull, hyper-pigmented, actinic (photo-aged) skin as well as stimulate cellular renewal.
1. Super hydrate. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day will keep your skin moisturized and help eliminate toxins effectively. Have an extra glass of water for every glass of alcohol/cup of coffee you take to prevent possible dehydration. Try to get as much water as possible from fresh fruits and vegetables.
2. EAT your cosmeceuticals. Foods rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants such as polyphones, Vitamins A, C and E can help reverse summer damage, prepare it for the challenges it will face during winter and boost the skin`s immune system while preserving its quality and restoring its natural glow.
Seasonal Fresh Ingredients That Keep Autumn Blues at Bay
· Beets Carrots
· Sweet Potatoes