Our environment plays a big role in how our skin looks and feels. Hot and humid summers can make our skin feel oily, while cold and dry weather may cause dehydration and dryness, potentially leading to faster aging.
It’s always a good idea to reassess your skin’s behavior during seasonal changes, updating your skincare routine, and even diet, to ensure proper care.
- Switch to a moisturizing cleanser
The first step in any skincare routine is to properly cleanse your skin. In another blog, we discussed the benefits of double-cleansing. Double-cleansing is a two-step process that ensures all impurities are removed. The Blü Fern double-cleanse begins with the Nourishing Cleansing Oil. It removes makeup, toxins, and surface impurities while restoring your skin's natural microbiome. The second step is to follow up with the Hydrating Milk Cleanser. This non-foaming cleanser detoxifies the skin while calming irritation and moisturizing it.
Cold weather draws the moisture out of your skin, leaving it feeling dry and irritated. Autumn requires a richer moisturizer that contains humectants and occlusives. Humectants help retain moisture and occlusives seal the moisture in, keeping the skin hydrated.
Our Blübiome Stem Cell Repair Cream includes both humectants and occlusives to restore and repair your skin. Aloe vera is a well-known natural humectant that will soothe your skin while moisturizing. Murumuru Butter is an occlusive, meant to protect and nourish the skin.
Vitamins are super beneficial to the skin and they range in function.
Along with humectants and occlusives, you should be using products with antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the skin and have anti-aging properties. The Nourishing Oil Cleanser is full of antioxidants derived from baobab oil and papaya seed oil. Baobab oil is rich in vitamins A,D, E, and F that regenerate the moisture in your skin. Papaya seed oil is high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is great for the cold weather because it shields the skin barrier which helps retain moisture.
Healthy skin starts from within. The benefits of antioxidants mentioned in tip 3 can be gained from eating foods high in them including citrus fruits, broccoli, bell peppers, and green tea which are all full of antioxidants that will leave your skin brighter.
Omega-3 fatty acids can also play a huge role in maintaining skin’s moisture from the inside out. Some great options are Wild Alaskan Salmon, flaxseeds and avocados.
As the cool temperatures dry out your skin, the dead cells are unable to fall off leading to flaking. This is when exfoliation is key, it helps remove dead skin cells, allowing your skincare to work. The best way to exfoliate is to use AHA’s and fruit enzymes because they are gentler than a physical exfoliant which can cause irritation.
Though UV rays are strongest in the summer, they still present a risk in the winter. UV rays can penetrate your skin through clouds and even windows. This is why it is essential to wear sunscreen every day, no matter the season.
With Autumn just around the corner, it is important to make a few tweaks to your diet and skincare in order to maintain healthy skin from the inside out and the outside in. Although the tips mentioned above are beneficial all year around, they are especially important as temperatures drop.
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