Falling leaves, seasonal drinks and crisp morning air that smells like a new beginning. It’s safe to say that fall is the season of change, and that includes our skincare routines! After summer, comes more inclement weather that causes our skin to write a new list of demands. But that’s okay, because we’ve got glow tips for days, weeks and seasons!
Sunscreens have the power to protect the skin from environmental stressors and is one of the only proven methods of anti-aging. Even when the heat waves have retreated, SPF remains important. UV rays are still present during cooler months, meaning sun damage remains possible (especially on freshly waxed areas). SPF is best layered over antioxidant infused serums, toners and moisturizers. For example, products containing green tea extract. Green tea is an example of an antioxidant that protects us from the inside out. On the skin, the extract repairs after exposure to harsh elements and in our stomachs, green tea improves our overall wellness, to help us glow from within. An SPF that already includes such antioxidants , is a two-in-one powerhouse for preventing free radical damage. Experts recommend such a product for evening and brightening skin tone, because of its anti-inflammatory effect.
Give your skin a wake up call with a massage! Makeup artists swear by this trick to get blood flowing and liven the whole complexion. At home, you can gently stimulate the skin with your fingertips, using a face oil to minimize tugging at the skin. This trick also works for the body! You can massage with a body oil, or for some added benefits, use a dry brush to promote lymphatic drainage and smooth skin texture.
Refresh and reset
As things really cool down and we dive into winter, our skin responds by slowing down cell turnover, which may cause a dip in luminosity. Exfoliation gives the cells a boost and speeds up that process. During this drier climate, those with a dry skin type can experience rough texture and even flaking. Sloughing away dead skin with a scrub or gentle exfoliant, reveals a fresh radiant layer, where all of your favourite moisturizing products can penetrate more efficiently!
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Keeping up our water intake is just as important after patio season, especially during the months where the air can be dehydrating. Looking for a little more flavour? Coconut water is packed with skin benefits, and the taste can make you feel like it’s still summer even in the midst of a blizzard! According to nutritionists, the vitamin C in coconut water helps with formation of collagen, the component of our skin that is responsible for youthful elasticity, hydration and strength. In addition to containing almost the whole gamut of vitamins, coconut water is high in potassium which promotes hydration balance and calcium (a stimulant for skin growth and healing). On the surface, ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin act as a quenching glass of water when applied to the skin!
The last days of summer don’t have to be a goodbye to healthy skin. Let’s make it a year round thing! Check out our picks for glowing through the transition: