Ever since I got serious about cleaning my face thoroughly at the end of the day, my skin has changed completely. You may have read before, when I wrote about my adult acne. Now, that is gone (most days).
With the weather changing and the days getting cooler, our skincare should change too. To find out the latest tips on skincare, I spoke with education manager Charmaine Cooper at Dermalogica Canada. Charmaine shared with me the top tips for fall skincare and the best tips for mature skin.
What are the top tips for fall skin care?
Keep hydrated - With increasing wind and less humidity in the air, skin loses moisture easily. Use products that help to restore the barrier of the skin (essentially, you want to create a barrier between the skin and the outside world). Try a primer that releases moisture into the skin up to 24 hours later and prevents moisture loss throughout the day. The end result is that your makeup looks better, longer.
Power up with masks - In the fall, we experience weather inconsistencies. Sometimes, we may still get warmer days, sun-filled days, along with windy and rainy, even snow days. Replenishing the skin, controlling the oil and nourishing the skin, are all necessary for optimal skin health. [Using a mask] weekly is a simple way to ensure that you can cover these concerns in as little as 7 to 10 minutes.
Off with the skin! Exfoliate. In the fall, it is paramount that one exfoliates regularly. This removes dry skin cells and flakes from the skin. This reveals a healthier glow.
How often should we exfoliate in the fall and winter?
Exfoliation in cooler months is necessary to keep the skin looking radiant. If using a mechanical exfoliant (scrub), I recommend exfoliating two to three times a week.
To make the most of skin health, it is perfect to follow up your "mechanical exfoliation" with a fantastic masque. Try a hydrating mask for dehydrated skin, or lackluster, and devitalized skin.
What are the best tips to moisturize the skin during the fall and winter?
Always cleanse and tone your skin before moisturizing
Getting the first steps correct, before moisturizing is critical to know how well your moisturizer can perform.
For mature/dry skin, use a moisturizer that contains ingredients that build collagen strength and encourage natural moisture production in the deeper levels of the skin. Use formulas that contain ingredients such as Palmitoyl TriPeptide-5 and Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide (these support collagen production within the skin.) Seek additional nourishing ingredients like shea butter and evening primrose oil as well.
For oily skin (teen skin), use a lightweight moisturizer that gives water to the skin, without a greasy feel. Look for lotions that contain moisture binding ingredients like hyaluronic acid, and sodium hyaluronate. Search for refreshing ingredients like grapefruit that also provides astringent properties to an oily skin.
For combination skin, use a medium weight moisturizer with silk amino acids and glycolipids to lock in moisture effectively, while providing just the right amount of cushion for the skin from the outside world.
Why is it important to remove all makeup at the end of the day?
Removing your makeup at the close of a day is sometimes seen as optional. But it really is not. Going to bed with makeup on the face, contributes to clogged pores and the inability of the skin to fully repair itself at night. This often leads to congestion (blackheads/breakouts) and also added dryness in the skin.
Easy tips to remove makeup are as follows:
1. Use a gentle eye makeup remover, as the skin around the eyes if much thinner and more delicate than the rest of the face.
2. Always double cleanse the face. Our skin carries, throughout the day, both oil-based dirt (makeup) and water based dirt (skin secretions). Cleansing once will not effectively remove both types of debris from the skin. First use a natural lightweight oil based cleanser for your first cleanse, to easily melt away makeup, without compromising the skin. For your second cleanse, use your skin condition specific cleanser. Feel the difference.
3. Short on time? I recommend a convenient cleansing wipe that is portable and removes your makeup without stripping the skin's moisture levels.
Any other skincare tips?
Stay hydrated. Your hydration can come in the form of warmer drinks of water.
Watch the material of your scarves, and their effects on the skin -- these often can cause irritation on the lower jaw and the neck area.
Treat your neck as part of your face routine. The neck area has thinner skin, and a lower threshold of moisture retention. Take your full routine of products to the neck also.
I love all these skincare tips for fall. I am going to use these helpful tips as I continue to expand by beauty routine this autumn!
Your suggestions are always welcome, as I continue on my journey to live life to the fullest. Let's have the very best 2015!
As soon as you apply Shu Uemura's Ultime8 Cleansing Oil onto your skin, it instantly feels luxurious and more hydrated. Thanks to a blend of eight botanical oils, it effortless removes makeup and impurities and makes your skin feel instantly softer, conditioned, more hydrated and nourished. Make sure to apply it without water first, then wet your hands and massage in your face to "emulsify" the oil. Rinse, and instantly feel refreshed! $48 for 150mL.
Hesitant to try an oil cleanser? Try Pai Skincare's Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser instead. It glides easily over skin, melting makeup and impurities and is suitable to use around the eyes to remove even waterproof mascara. $50
Exfoliating may seem scary for those of us with sensitive skin, but it's an important step to get rid of those dead skin cells. The key is to use an exfoliator without any harsh edges, as this can irritate your skin more. We love Amore Pacific's Treatment Enzyme Peel -- its natural papaya enzymes eliminates dead skin cells gently and efficiently while improving the penetration of other products. $72
Designed for sensitive skin, Pai's Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfolitaor features ultra-gentle micro-spheres to de-flake and polish skin without damaging skin cells. It's also enriched with exotic oils and transforms into a silky milk to leave skin visibly brighter. $44
Got redness? Combat it with roses. This alcohol-free toner from Fresh uses gentle rose water to hydrate and calm dry, irritated skin. $47
If you're not a fan of a floral rose scent, try this gentle toner from Aveda instead. Thanks to Avene's Thermale Spring Water, this ultra-gentle toner will leave your skin soft and fresh, without drying it out. $27. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.
The perfect antidote for skin sensitivity, Dermalogica's UltraCalming Serum concentrate helps to calm, restore, and defend sensitized skin. The UltraCalmingTM Complex works below the surface to interrupt inflammatory triggers, all while minimizing discomfort, burning, and itching. $74
Avene's Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum lives up to its promise to intensely sooth and hydrate sensitive, irritated skin. Highly concentrated with Avene's Thermal Spring Water, it provides an immediate calming effect, while the glycerine helps to improve skin's hydration and suppleness. $36. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart
Don't let the lightweight texture of Aveda's Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Rich Creme fool you -- this stuff is ultra moisturizing. If you find your skin is lacking water, rather than oil, try using the Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Soft Creme instead. $49
Thanks to its ultra clean formula, this Pai Skincare Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream minimizes the risk of irritation while helping to calm tehe appearance of reactive redness. $60.
This cooling masque from Aveda is enriched with aloe, kelp, and lavender to rehydrate and calm dry, sensitive skin. Apply a thick layer to face and throat after cleansing and toning, and leave on for 5-10 minutes. $22
Any tightness you feel in your dehydrated skin will be gone after using this cream-mask from Caudalie. Its grape seed oil and hyaluronic acid formula comforts dry skin while calming any redness, and it can even be used around the eye area! Simply apply a thick layer twice a week on your face and neck, leave on for 15 minutes, then massage in the excess. $42. Available at Sephora.
Yes, this is definitely a "splurge" item, but considering how little product you need to get rid of those flaky lids, you could justify it. Not only does AmorePacific's Time Response Eye Renewal Creme have serious hydration power, but it also stimulates collagen production, re-balances melanin regulation, and revives the skin's hydration process, all while reducing lines and wrinkles. Now that is an eye cream. $336
Okay, we get it. Not everyone wants to spend over $300 on an eye cream. Another good option is this Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream from Pai skincare. Not only does it intensely hydrate to improve the appearance of fine lines, but its anti-inflammatory action instantly relieves dry, sore or irritated eyes along with helping to protect sensitive skin from environmental stress.
Love Maybelline's Baby Lips? You'll love the Dr. Rescue version even more. These balms visibly renew lips and provide intense hydration for more than 12 hours. $5. Available at drugstores and mass market retailers across Canada.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is an office fave here, but the Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment is optimal for those with extra dry, chapped lips. Fortified with a high concentration of ultra-nourishing and age-delaying ingredients, you'll have a smooth, moisturized pout in no time. $29
Gentle cleansing, and lots of moisture -- everything dry, sensitive skin needs in a body wash. $14. Available at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide.
Eucerin's Original Creme is hands-down the ultimate moisturizing cream. It's very thick, and can be difficult to absorb into skin, but once you manage to rub it in, your skin will be soft and hydrated for the majority of the day. $22. Available at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide.
Perfect for eczema and dermatitis-prone skin, this intensely hydrating and therapeutic cream from Pai Skincare is the ultimate multi-tasker for very dry or out of condition skin. $40
Alternatively, try a body oil instead of a cream to moisturize dehydrated skin. This skin-quenching body oil from WAXON is all-natural and can even help heal bruises, sore muscles, along with other skin irritations, all while soothing and hydrating your skin. $28. Available at WAXON Waxbar.
There's a reason L'Occitane's Shea Butter Hand Cream is a cult-fave -- enriched with shea butter, it penetrates quickly into your skin to soothe, protect, and moisturize dry, chapped hands. The best part? It has incredible staying power, so it doesn't need to be reapplied, even after frequent hand washing! $12 for 30ml.
Dry chapped hands don't stand a chance against Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. Formulated for the direst, most active hands, this heavy-duty formula offers all-day care and protection. It's also great for people with eczema. $28
Similarly formulated to the hand cream, L'Occitane's foot cream softens and soothes skin thanks to its lavender oil, shea butter, and arnica extract formula. $12
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