Now that the weather is changing, your skin care routine needs to change too.
Less moisture in the air can lead to a compromised protective top layer of the skin known as “the skin barrier function.” This layer comprises lipids that keep moisture in the tissues and control entry of environmental forces like wind that contribute to skin sensitivity including dry, itchy, inflamed skin.
To boost skin health and bring luster back to your look:
- Gently cleanse the skin morning and night.
- Exfoliate with a home care resurfacing products that contain alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta hydroxy acid (BHA), or retinoids. Or, treat yourself to a chemical peel or other resurfacing treatment such as dermaplane.
- Hydrate using a rich moisturizer, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
These three simple steps in combination can accelerate skin cell turnover forcing new skin cells to the surface. You may also notice an improvement in skin color, clarity and texture as stimulated cell growth and collagen production occur. Exfoliation provides a greater pathway for the penetration of moisturizers, allowing the skin to receive the hydration it needs to nourish and reinforce the lipid barrier function.
Protection against UV radiation is paramount. Apply a topical vitamin C — a strong antioxidant that fights UV free radicals — and SPF 30+ sunscreen containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Sunscreens not only inhibit sunrays from entering the skin, but also calm inflamed skin.
As always, staying well rested and consuming a healthy diet work wonders for your skin.