5 Easy Skincare Tips for the Changing Seasons
It’s that time of year again. Fall is all around us, and with it comes pumpkin-spiced lattes and potential skin problems. Sure, as summer gives way to colder temperatures, your skin—or that of your clients—might be left dehydrated and dull, but don’t let that bring you down! Below, you’ll find some skincare tips, so grab a warm drink, relax and enjoy the crispness of the autumn air.
While many might think that exfoliating is most important during the summer, when oil and perspiration can add to frustrating outbreaks, it’s just as important—if not more so—during the drier months. Here’s why:
– Lower temperatures and fiercer winds can cause surface dehydration.
– Surface dehydration results in flakiness, a dull complexion, more pronounced wrinkles and—in some cases—clogged pores and acne.
Exfoliation can be achieved in various forms, including chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliation involves the use of a topical agent such as Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion or benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, to name a few. While chemical exfoliation gets the job done, it can increase surface dehydration when used in drier climates. If you use a chemical exfoliate during the winter months, you might consider using it less frequently, if it poses a problem.
Physical exfoliation involves the use of an abrasive object, like a Clarisonic or a scrub, to manually remove dehydrated skin cells. Many people find the use of physical exfoliates beneficial during the winter—just remember to moisturize! Which brings us to tip number two.
While you may have been using oil-free and otherwise lightweight moisturizers on yourself and your clients during the summer, you may find that these types of products don’t cut it in the winter. Consider trying a thicker moisturizer at least once a day, and see how the skin responds.
3. Eye and Lip Care
Now, these eye- and lip-care tips are applicable year round, but—as we’ve discussed—a dry, chilly environment can wreak havoc on the skin, so special care should be taken during the winter, at least. First of all, it is not recommended to use chemical- or physical-exfoliating agents on or around the eye area, unless they have been specified for eye-area use. To be on the safe side, only use creams specified for use around the eye area—and try your best to apply it twice daily! It will keep the skin around your eyes looking younger longer, and it will help prevent against surface dehydration wrinkles. As for the lips, you may find they are becoming increasingly cracked and dry. There are exfoliating products for lips—such as sugar scrubs, which are tasty to boot—that will help with this. And don’t forget to follow up with lip balm and/or moisturizing gloss!
4. Swap Your Makeup
If you enjoy using powder makeups in the summer, you may discover that it increases the appearance of wrinkles and/or makes skin appear dull during the winter. If you enjoy a lighter coverage, consider a tinted moisturizer. If you long for medium to full coverage, many brands carry foundations that are both highly pigmented and moisturizing.
5. Don’t Forget Sunscreen!
It may seem safe to ditch the SPF during the seasons when the sun loses a bit of its intensity, but don’t be fooled: that powerful light can still do serious damage. Consider a couple of things: 1. Dermatologists have discovered that much of the skin damage they see showing up on aged skin today was actually the result of daily sun exposure many years ago. That means that, rather than dark spots and wrinkles being caused by occasionally lounging on the beach, they are likely the result of activities like daily trips to the mailbox and dog walks. You must protect your skin every day. 2. Just because it’s cold, doesn’t mean the sun has lost its intensity. Just ask the many hikers and skiers who leave the snow-packed mountain with tan lines and sun burns! Even if your skin looks smooth and clear now, it may not remain that way for long. Take precautionary measures now to protect the skin you’re in!
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Chantel Fernow is a writer, editor and make-up artist who resides on the Oregon Coast, USA. She is a former beauty editor of the international trade publication Make-Up Artist magazine (https://makeupmag.com/), where she wrote and edited beauty stories and produced high-fashion make-up pictorials with some of the world’s top make-up artists.
During her time spent as education director of the magazine’s International Make-Up Artist Trade Shows (IMATS), held annually in Los Angeles, New York, London, Vancouver, Sydney and Toronto, she recruited speakers (including Oscar and BAFTA winners), built the class schedules and oversaw the program on site.
She has presented her fiction and literary articles at a national level, and with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing, English literature and philosophy from Colorado Mesa University, her creative works have appeared in such publications as MiPOesias, Tusk and Portland Review, among others. She continues to contribute copy to Make-Up Artist magazine, where she regularly interviews beauty and film artists from around the world.