I love this time of year. When the trees turn gorgeous colors and the nights get chillier, and we get to wrap up in cozy sweaters and go for crisp, sunny walks with the leaves crunching underfoot. It always takes me a moment to realize that along with the new Autumn weather and shorter days, the dryer air and central heating indoors can bring big changes to your skin. I find that my skin gets extremely dry, and loses its glow. I often get breakouts when the season changes, too. So, I always try to change my skincare routine around this time, by switching up a few essential products. This year my friend Lena Bratschi, Founder of the Carasoin Day Spa & Skin Clinic (which is where I go as soon as I land after a big work trip. She gives the best massages and facials ever!). has helped me put together some seasonal tips to keep you looking and feeling great at the season’s shift.
1. Start using an oil based moisturizer. I know, it’s a little scary to commit to putting an oil on your face! But I promise, the right ones don’t make you break out, they actually balance out how much oil your skin holds. Wind chill can be really damaging to your skin, and an oil-based moisturizer like Carasoin Cold Fusion Intense Moisturizer can keep it hydrated much more effectively.
2. Keep your skin clean. All of those cozy beanies, scarves and sweaters you’re pulling onto your forehead or bundling around your chin can lead to break outs if you’re not careful. Make sure you regularly wash all of your cozies, and use a good cleanser each night before bed.
3. Avoid scalding hot baths. I know, I know. When the weather really dips, all you want to do is dip yourself into a hot bath or take a steaming shower. Keep in mind that hot water strips down your skin’s lipid barrier, taking away protective body oils. So ease up on those water temps, drop some nourishing bath oil into the water, and always replace your moisture with a good body lotion. Applying it straight after the bath, while your skin is still damp and your pores are open, will lock in much more moisture.
4. Be good to your lips. You’ll notice that along with your skin being more prone to dryness, your lips will be too. Condition them regularly with a soothing balm, and twice a week, treat them to a lipmask or exfoliant. A daily treatment with SPF, like Carasoin Natural Lip Balm with Zinc, goes a long way to keeping your pout soft and supple.
5. Don’t forget your SPF! Just because the Winter’s coming and it’s getting dark earlier, doesn’t mean the sun won’t damage your skin if unprotected. A good sunscreen isn’t just for those sunny beach days. Algenist makes a great one that’s multi-spectrum and non greasy and does a fab job at protecting you, even from the 80 time UV reflective power of snow!