The change of season gives you a chance to repair any summer sun damage and prepare your skin for cooler temperatures.
The last thing you want is your skin to start turning dry and or worse, red and blotchy. Save those colours for the autumn leaves! This can be easily avoided by following these simple tips.
But first, an important rule to remember, analyse or know your skin type. We are all different and so is our skin, so we need different ways of caring. As the temperature drops find out if you need to change your skin care regime and products and switch them accordingly. If you aren't sure whether your skin needs a new regime, please contact us to arrange an appointment for a Free Dermalogica Face Mapping Skin Analysis.
For those who suffer from eczema or very dry, itchy skin, the cooler months means extra care must be taken.
Here are a few simple tips that can cover all sorts of skin types.
1. Moisturise every day
Harsh weather really takes a toll on the skin. Using heavier creamy moisturisers for the face and lotions for the body (natural is preferable) can help avoid looking like a gnarled old tree. Daily application of a good moisturiser keeps the barrier of the skin (the outermost layer) in good repair and specifically keeps it from drying out and cracking. We recommend dermalogica's UltraCalming Barrier Repair for sensitive skin and Skin Smoothing Cream for all skin types.
2. Don't forget to slap on some sunscreen
Summer may be gone, but the sun is still there!
3. Buy a few tubes of lip balm.
This should come in handy all year round particularly if you're out in the sun and wind. Make sure you have a tube in your handbag, just in case. Keep one in your pocket, in the office, in the car and at home. Anywhere you want so you can keep your lips soft and kissable.
4. Remember your feet
Just because they're hiding in those boots doesn't mean they should be forgotten. Exfoliate on a regular basis. Why not treat yourself to a luxury pedicure which includes a foot massage and heated slippers.
5. Invest in richer hand creams and cuticle oil (natural if possible)
Regular hand creams sometimes just don't cut it. Buy some cuticle oil to keep your hands and feet (for those toenails) feeling and looking great. We recommend OPI Nail & Cuticle Replenishing oil.
They feel great specially after being out and about in the cold, but they remove essential surface oils in the skin and dry it out quite easily.
Dry skin can be avoided if the skin maintains the proper balance of oils and moisture. Two things are important: not removing too much oil (through over-washing) and adding back oils. (through the use of a moisturiser).
The most basic rule in protecting your skin is to keep it hydrated. So, whatever you do, try to drink plenty of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables - this rule is applicable for any season.
Over-exposure of the skin during the summer may mean that it's suffering from dehydration. The moisture lost needs to be properly supplemented before the onset of winter. Moisturise at least twice a day after cleansing. Dry, normal and combination skin types may use a light serum, gel or lotion. For drier skin types, choose a thicker cream based moisturiser meant for dry skin. Along with your facial skin, you need to take care of your body also. Be sure to take short warm baths and apply moisturiser onto your damp skin.
If you have over exposed your skin this summer and now suffering with sun spots and pigmentation - don't despair - go for products which exfoliate the skin and contain lightening ingredients like kojicol acid, and don't forget to use sunscreen to prevent more appearing.
Post summer skin looks dehydrated and shallow and exfoliation is extremely important as it gets rid of the dead and damaged cells. This step will prepare the skin to absorb more moisture and nutrition. We recommend dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant.