Healing sun damage and preparing for seasonal changes are the goals for skin care as summer rolls into fall. Perhaps you’ve already noticed changes to your skin. Dehydration becomes more apparent as we move indoors and as the relative humidity of summer begins to decline. And tanned skin begins to fade to a dull, flaky finish.
So how can you extend that summer glow? If you have fallen off the wagon, so to speak, or you’ve been having too much fun to think about caring for your skin, now is the time to resume good habits and perhaps begin new ones.
Exfoliation includes the use of gentle scrubs, enzymes, or hydroxy acids (lactic or salicylic are the safest and best to use) to help clear away the dead cellular debris that builds up and leaves skin looking dull and flaky. If these cells aren’t sloughed off regularly they become an impenetrable fortress that leaves your moisturizer floating on top of instead of absorbing into the skin – a big waste of those great active ingredients (including vitamins and peptides) that are so beneficial to lustrous, healthy skin!
Not in the habit of using masques? Can’t find the time? Think of what you’ve been missing! A masque is like a mini vacation – your skin looks and feels rested, refreshed, and rejuvenated! Masques provide immediate and noticeable results. Create a self-nurturing ritual with a relaxing cup of herbal tea and your favorite masque – most masques take about 8 – 12 minutes. And if you’re really pressed for time, try applying your masque in the shower, right after you have cleansed and exfoliated. The humidity from the shower makes skin more permeable and you only need to leave the masque on for 3 minutes to get great benefits. Try to do this 2 to 3 times each week.
With each season your skin care goals may change and it may be helpful to reassess your skin care products and formulations. Perhaps you now need to treat dehydration, address pigmentation brought out by the sun, or erase fine lines that have increased in number and depth. You may wish to add specialized serums to boost the effectiveness of your current products, or adjust your formulations to reflect the seasonal environment.