Now that’s it’s getting cooler in temperature it’s important for you to change your skin care routine. Just like you adjust your wardrobe, you gotta adjust your skincare. Some may not need to change much, wile others may need to swap out a few products. It all depends on your skin and your skin type. Now, no one likes to hear “it depends” but that really is the case with skin care and makeup because no two people are the same. That’s the importance of being able to ask an esthetician questions. I recommend having a skin analysis at least twice a year to gauge where your skin is at and to make sure you’re using the right products.
In the cooler months I add a hydrating toner and a thicker moisturizer at night.
Here are a few tips to help your skin in the dryer months.
1) Use Vitamin C products. They help protect your skin from environmental pollutants, hydrates, and it gives your skin a radiant natural glow. It’s also good for anti-aging because it helps to lift and firm the skin. I like the brand Image. They have several different collections but my favorite from their Vitamin C line is the masque.
You can find a list of their other Vitamin C products here: http://www.imageskincare.com/collections/vital-c
2) Exfoliate. It’s important to exfoliate all year round but people tend to think that you should only exfoliate in the summer. NOT TRUE! Exfoliating helps to shed dead skin cells, which in turn helps your moisturizer penetrate deeper. Make sure you don’t over exfoliate by using products that are too harsh or exfoliating too often.
If you use something gentle (which should be printed on the packaging) that’s cool. But I like Murad’s AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser. It’s a chemical exfoliator that has very fine beads. It shouldn’t be used everyday because it can cause dryness. I recommend using a product like this once a week.
3) Use a hydrating serum and/or toner. If your normal toner isn’t one that hydrates I would suggest swapping it for one that does. Also, serums are awesome at not only hydrating, but correcting. They can be a little pricey but its because they actually work. A serum has smaller molecules than a moisturizer so it penetrates deeper into the skin. Basically it works better and faster. Some people want to replace their moisturizer with a serum, but the serum is meant to be used in addition to the moisturizer, not instead of.
I like Michael Todd’s Hyaluronic Acid + C serum. Hyaluronic acid is a great moisturizing agent and it has Vitamin C. HIs products are sold online and sometimes are on Groupon.
So if you incorporated a serum into your skincare here’s how the regiment would go:
Let me know if you guys have any questions or need product recommendations. I’ve worked for a few different product lines and am a product junkie. I love helping people come up with regimens!