As the temperature begins to get cooler, the air has an impact on our skin. Cooler temperatures mean drier air, and drier air means drier skin. In addition to the weather, our age, average amount of sleep each night, stress level, and air quality (think working from home vs in an office) all play a role in how our skin feels and looks during the colder months.
It’s easy to assume your skin is in need of intense moisture during these months, and while that is true; there are other things that can be done to keep your complexion soft and healthy.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE TYPE OF MOISTURIZER YOU’RE USING
During the warmer, more humid months of the summer, you can get away with a lighter moisturizer. A light lotion is perfect for keeping your skin hydrated without feeling as though you’re suffocating under a mask in the heat of the summer. In the fall though, it’s time to up the ante on your moisturizer by opting for a cream or more substantial lotion. This will provide more intense moisturization — and you may be surprised by how quickly your skin absorbs it due to the drier weather.
CONSIDER ADDING A HYDRATING SERUM OR OIL
Applying a hydrating serum before moisturizing or applying light oil after moisturizing could be just what your skin needs to keep it glowing and smooth. Hydrating serums are formulated to deeply penetrate into the skin and therefore can deliver nourishing ingredients into deeper layers of the complexion. Whereas applying facial oil can help lock in moisture while also adding a protective layer to the skin.
REMEMBER TO EXFOLIATE
The outer layer of our skin is made up of cells held together by lipids, which helps to hold moisture in our skin. But colder weather can slow down the production of sebum and alter cell turnover, which can cause the skin to dry.
While increasing the intensity of your moisturizer will work wonders for keeping your complexion bright during the fall months, don’t forget to exfoliate! Exfoliating two to three times per week will remove dead skin cells and allow your complexion to glow no matter how quickly the temperature starts to drop.
Because exfoliation can take a lot out of your skin, it’s important to use a product that’s effective and packed with vitamins so that it contributes to the health of your skin while removing dead skin cells. Genuine Glow’s Brio Exfoliator is a wonderful product for all seasons and especially cooler weather, as it provides your skin with vitamins that promote tissue growth while healing and calming your complexion. Additionally, it’s perfectly suitable for sensitive skin — unlike harsher exfoliation products that can irritate and inflame the skin.
With dead skin cells gone, your skin will produce healthy cells to replace them. This creates a healthier skin texture, which translates to fewer lines and wrinkles. And exfoliation clears the way for moisturizers and other products to be better absorbed by the skin.
♦ Last tip; don’t skip your eye area or neck. The skin around these areas are thinner than your face, and need just as much care as your complexion – so don’t ignore around your eyes or your neck.
Nicki Carrea believes that true beauty is synonymous with well-being. In 2015 she established Genuine Glow, an inside-outside wellness and skin care brand, and is a published beauty and wellness writer and speaker. Drawing on her life experiences she conceptualized and launched the Genuine Glow blog, which spotlights authentic voices, and creates a platform for shared experiences and human connection. Nicki is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and currently resides in New York City. You can connect with Nicki here: LinkedIn
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