By Nana Aisyah
As we enter the fall season, there is a drop in humidity and the temperature starts to get colder. Now is the perfect time to start swapping skincare products to begin the new season with a fresh, glowing start.
1. Cleanse gently but thoroughly
It is very important to switch out your summertime cleanser, and opt for cream or balm cleansers. Your skin needs as much moisture as possible this time of year, and it is essential to keep its natural moisture intact. Pick something that will get the grime off while soothing and replenishing the skin. Avoid over-washing your face as well, and opt for micellar waters or milk cleansers in the mornings.
Some excellent choices include:
This cleanser softly removes impurities, oil and makeup while continuously moisturizing. This product is ideal for dry to very dry skin.
This gentle product cleanses without leaving your face feeling tight and dry. It does not contain fragrance, soap or dye, thus making this cleanser suitable for all skin types, aside from very sensitive skin. At less than $10, this is an option that won’t break the bank.
This cleansing balm transforms into a silky, aromatic milk when in contact with water. Due to the addition of rosewood essential oil, this product is both antibacterial and decongesting, making it a popular choice among those with skin that is oily and prone to impurities.
2. Facial Massaging
Facial massages have recently become a very popular form of skin care; they stimulate blood flow, which leads to glowing skin and can help enhance product absorption. Massaging is thought to rejuvenate the skin, and during the colder months it is imperative to improve the elasticity of the skin in order to prevent dryness. If you want to incorporate massage into your daily routine, use a cream mixed with a facial oil and utilize that as a last step, or perform the massage at the cleansing stage of your skincare routine.
3. Layer Hydration
To accomplish the technique of layer hydration, the first step is to spritz or tone the face with a hydrating product. In the summer, many of us tend to reach for products with astringent purposes, as to avoid developing oily skin. In the colder months, remember to layer skincare products from thin to thick. Products that have a low viscosity penetrate more deeply into your skin because they have smaller particles. After first applying thinner products, work your way up to the occlusive serums and moisturizers to seal in all of the hydration.
Enriched with wine yeast, this toner revitalizes and softens the skin. This hypoallergenic and alcohol-free product thoroughly refreshes and brightens the skin without disrupting the skin’s acid mantle.
This hyaluronic acid-packed product fills in fine lines and wrinkles while preventing moisture loss. This clear, viscous serum acts as a booster that incorporates well into a routine of other skincare products, and also boosts the potency of hydrating moisturizers.
4. Think balmy, heavier moisturizers
Moisturizing in the colder months is key. When your skin is dry, it is prone to sensitization and inflammation. The dry, brisk air of the fall and winter months can leave your skin blotchy, dry and tight. As told by Dr. Gervaise Gerstner (Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical School), “Some patients get very dry in the colder weather. Wind chaps the skin, and heat from radiators can really dry it out. During the winter months you can keep your skin healthy by moisturizing regularly.”
Recommended products include:
This lightweight cream is infused with La Roche Posay’s Prebiotic Thermal Water that aids in skin moisturizing. Glycerin restores healthy looking skin and reduces visible redness, while niacinamide improves weakened skin surface. Oil-free and non comedogenic, this is an excellent choice for more oily skin types.
A cult favorite, this plumping cream offers nourishing and hydrating properties for the skin. This product is designed to deliver intense moisture while also protecting the skin’s moisture barrier. Once applied, the product dries down to a silky, dewy finish, providing an excellent makeup base.
5. Apply a Facial Oil
Many oils have anti-inflammatory properties, which help to heal irritated skin and calm down rashes and redness. If you aren’t currently using one, now is the time to invest in a facial oil to achieve dewy, natural-looking and radiant skin.
This moisturizing facial oil contains a high concentration of multivitamins and antioxidants for the skin. It is the perfect daily facial oil because it absorbs beautifully—meaning that you can use this oil in the morning without worrying about your face developing an unwanted layer of grease throughout the day. This product is free of essential oils, thus offering straight up nourishment and food for the skin.