Now that summer is coming to an end, and the days in the sun are starting to slip away, it is a good time to give your skin some TLC. Many people spend the summertime delighting in outdoor activities, getting a lot of sun exposure and enjoying the water. While these pastimes are great family memories, it can take a toll on our skin. Here are a few tips to pamper your skin this fall and restore it back to health.
Spending your days out in the sun can leave dull, dry and dead skin cells behind. Sugar scrubs are great for the body, especially the elbows & knees. You can make your own homemade scrub using olive oil & brown sugar (this is a great lip scrub too). A body exfoliating scrub helps to remove dead skin and improves cell turnover, while also nourishing and hydrating the skin. A great product I like to use for body exfoliation is Amlactin Lotion, it contains 12% Lactic Acid, used daily it hydrates while exfoliating your skin, leaving it soft and smooth. A home facial exfoliation should include an AHA such as glycolic or lactic acid, depending on skin type. Always remember to wear sunscreen after exfoliation as you don’t want the newly revealed skin cells exposed to UV rays.
End of the summer and back to school means more structured regimes and now is the perfect time to add serums into you skincare routine. For the daytime, a Vitamin C serum is perfect to help with free-radical damage. Additionally, if your skin has become dry and parched from the sun exposure adding a hyaluronic serum helps bind moisture to your skin. For the nighttime, retinol creams or serums will help speed up cell turn over, fading the damage done by days spent in the sun.
Just because summer is over and those days at the beach are coming to an end, it doesn’t mean you can stop wearing SPF. It’s important to protect your skin year round. You can incorporate it into your moisturizer or makeup to speed up getting ready in the morning
Now is a good time to make changes to your skin care routine. Cleansers used during the summer months, may be too much as the seasons change. Think of changing from a gel to a milk-based cleanser. Also, some skin may require heavier hydrators to help seal in moisture, often lost as the weather gets colder. Additionally, many people suffer with seasonal allergies, which affects the skin and the medicines used for them can be very drying.
As our sun exposure decreases, remember to re-evaluate your make-up. You may want to change your foundation to a lighter shade, and add a bronzer to keep the sun-kissed look all year long. Now is also a good time to get a new mascara, as they should be replaced often to prevent eye infections.
The change of seasons is a great time to renew and begin again. If you have found yourself slacking in your skin routine, this is a perfect time to get your self back on track and have your skin glowing by the holidays.