The leaves are starting to fall, mornings are getting chilly, and the humidity is finally starting to drop—yes, the unmistakable signs of Autumn are here! While you’re switching out your flip flops for boots and sundresses for sweaters, ask yourself “Do I need to change up my skin care too?”
Summers in the south are hot and sticky, and while the humidity may wreak havoc with your hair, in many ways it’s great for your skin. Think about it, all that moisture in the air actually helps keep your skin hydrated. The heat and humidity also stimulate your sebaceous glands to pump out more oil; something oily skin types aren’t too keen on but drier ones appreciate. As the humidity and temperatures decrease, many people find their skin feeling tight and flaky.
Here are some tips to help you combat skin changes brought on by weather changes:
1. Always use warm or cool water, not hot water. It’s tempting to turn up the hot water for your shower on those cold mornings, but it will dehydrate your skin. If you don’t trust yourself not to do this, consider lowering the temperature on your hot water heater. Both your skin and your energy bill will thank you!
2. Unless you’re super oily, simply changing from a foaming/lathering skin cleanser to one that has a milky consistency will work wonders. Foaming skin cleansers are usually designed to remove your skin’s natural oils, so if your skin is feeling tight after you wash, it’s time to change. I love Dermalogica’s Ultracalming Cleanser and Essential Cleansing Solution, both of which have a creamy consistency.
3. It’s time to ramp up your moisturizer too! While oily types may still want to stick with oil-free Active Moist, if your skin is feeling parched you’ll want to reach for Skin Smoothing Cream (medium weight) or Intensive Moisture Balance (heavier weight, full of antioxidants). These daily moisturizers contain more emollients, which are ingredients that help soften and smooth your skin while adding moisture.
4. If you really want to treat your skin, I highly recommend the powerhouse duo of Overnight Repair Serum & Super Rich Repair. The argan oil based serum is full of skin nourishing peptides to stimulate cellular repair, and the concentrated cream (rich with jojoba oil and shea butter) deeply moisturizes. Sleep in this combination and wake to glowing, hydrated skin!.
5. Don’t forget to exfoliate! Getting that layer of dead cells of your skin on a regular basis will help your moisturizing treatments sink in and nourish your skin deeper.
6. The same rules apply for the skin on the rest of your body. Take warm, not hot, showers and don’t linger too long in there either, as extended time in the shower or bath will definitely dry you out. Consider switching to a more moisturizing body wash or bar soap, or better yet, try some handmade soap (conveniently available at the front desk at Posh!). I guarantee that once you try handmade soap, it will be difficult for you to use anything else! Exfoliate regularly and moisturize twice a day with a rich lotion.
7. When it’s time to turn on the heat, run a cool mist vaporizer in rooms you spend a lot of time in, especially the bedroom. Indoor heating is notoriously drying.
8. Yes, you still need daily sunscreen.
9. Lastly, don’t forget to drink lots of water!
Join me next week to learn how hormones affect your skin!