Another summer has come to an end and it’s a sad time for us all. Except for the folks that enjoy the colder seasons… I imagine they’re jumping for joy in their fall boots with a Venti Pumpkin Spiced something in hand. Regardless of your personal feelings regarding the change in seasons, there’s no doubt that we’re not gonna be benefitting from sunny, moist environments for a while. This, unfortunately, means that your beautiful, radiant, summer glow is at risk.
Fret not dear friend, for I have some suggestions for how you can maintain that summer skin as we enter the doom and gloom that is the winter time. Read on!
Establish a Fall Skincare Routine
Sometimes the approach to winter leaves us feeling like we just want to join the bears, squirrels, and birds in their hibernation. Don’t get discouraged; this is the time when your skin needs you the most. A standard skincare routine is a great place to start.
I suggest you begin with a cleanser tailored to your skin type. Follow that up with a gentle toner or physical exfoliant like our Enzyme. Be wary of this step though—you don’t want to be drying out your skin too much with the products. Finally, end off with a moisturizer.
Now is also the time that you can incorporate new serums and oils. The plus side of not having Mr. Sun around to brighten the mood is that you don’t have to worry as much about photo-sensitivity and heat reactions. It’s a good time to bring on the Retinols and Hydroxy Acids. Our Super C is also a great option for a concentrated dose of the ever beloved: Vitamin C.
These ingredients will increase cell-turnover which will maintain a smooth and glowy look resembling the one you sported all summer long.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
It’s no secret that colder temperatures tend to strip our skin of moisture. The air is dryer both within and outside of our homes and you’ll notice that your skin begins to flake and crack. What do you do? You fill in the gap for that lack of moist-ness (apologies for subjecting you to that controversial term). Moisturizing, especially during the colder months, is two-fold.
First, you want to introduce hydrating agents to your skin. Hyaluronic acid is a popular choice, but you’ve got some others like glycerin and sorbitol. You can find a lot of these moisturizing ingredients in our Light Serum–which is a great incorporation into your daily skincare regimen–as well as our Rejuvenating Mist–which offers a nice pick me up when needed.
Second, you need to find a way to seal in that moisture so it isn’t lost again to the elements. Silicone is a great ingredient for this purpose. Miracle 10’s Veil and Mask include this ingredient and I can personally attest to the smooth, velvety feeling they leave on your skin.
The best time to use emollients (the fancy word for moisture ‘lockers’) is during the night time and whenever you anticipate that you’ll be exposed to dryer air. I like to do this step last since it prevents any further ingredients from penetrating the skin barrier i.e., those juicy actives we just covered.
Now that I’ve talked your ear off about moisture, let’s move on…
Crank Up the Actives
Your skin needs a little extra TLC during this time. Plus, because you’re probably experiencing less exposure to the outside world, you can begin getting a bit more aggressive with your approaches. What better way to accomplish this than through a nice facial or a peel.
Aesthetic treatments offer more concentration of active ingredients than you’d probably find in your daily skincare. Miracle 10 Peels give you the opportunity to explore various acids such as Lactic, Glycolic, and Salicylic. You start off with a smaller concentration at first, and work your way up to higher percentages as your skin builds tolerance.
If the sound of these ingredients is intimidating, The Essential Facial can be a good starting point for folks who are only beginning to delve into treatments.
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Address Sun Damage
Summertime is not all fun and games. Sometimes you experience damage from being outside with UV rays beating down on you for hours at a time. Occasionally this manifests as a sunburn, an uneven tan, sun spots, or even some dullness towards the end of your sun exposure. These issues tend to become more noticeable once that sun-kissed rosiness has faded.
In any case, targeting these concerns is simple. Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a versatile treatment that can work to reduce hyperpigmentation–which is at the root of sun-related problems. Be mindful that you can’t get IPL if you currently have a sunburn. For that I would recommend our new Soothe. It’s a lovely product that incorporates cool ingredients like Northern Truffle extract to reduce inflammation and increase pain relief. It has the added benefits of reducing signs of aging and hydrating the skin.
There ya go! A brief, but hopefully helpful, guide on how to maintain that summery feeling–at least when it comes to your skin. I find that the change in seasons isn’t as bad when you’re prepared, so get out there and show Autumn what you’re made of!