Guest Post: This post was contributed by Celeste Hilling, Founder, CEO and Product Formulator for Skin Authority
Is your summer of fun showing up on your face? Days spent at the beach, pool, or in my case, softball fields with my daughter, have likely left your skin dry and pigmented. Or, if you spent the summer in the office, but used sunless tanner, the same is true – dry skin that is not as absorbent to products. It’s time to give your skin a fall detox.
Just as you turn over your closet for the new season, your skin deserves the same TLC. Here are my insider tips to put your best face forward for fall:
- Shave your face – Yes, you read that correctly, but I’m not talking about a typical shave. Instead, I recommend a simple and safe treatment called Dermaplaning, which exfoliates the epidermis and rids the skin of fine hair (peach fuzz.). After a summer of sun and/or sunless tanner, skin is dry and does not absorb products, thus wasting your time and money. I suggest that you have dermaplaning professionally done for the best and safest results. The pro blades give a closer shave so that products are absorbed and hair grows back in correctly.
- Fall in love with facial oils – Natural oils are great to apply after dermaplaning because they amp up moisture levels more than simply using moisturizer alone. I recommend avocado seed oil for its natural fatty acids that stay on the skin. With its high concentration of not only fatty acids, but also vitamins and antioxidants, avocado seed oil is one of my go-to products for soothing and moisturizing. Essential oils can be incorporated into any part of a skin care routine, but are particularly luxurious when included in masks and moisturizers
- Use resurfacing products – Not only is skin dry this time of year, it’s also more pigmented. To brighten up, look for resurfacing products that contain glycolic acid for a firm, natural glow. I also love peptides to brighten skin, plus they have the added benefit of boosting collagen production. Peels or microdermabrasion may be options to consider too.
- Watch your caffeine intake – Not what you wanted to hear, I’m sure. Caffeine dehydrates skin, which you definitely don’t want to add to already-dry skin in the cooler months. Caffeine alternatives include upping your intake of vitamins B and D, adding more protein to your diet, or simply drinking more water.
- Add the happy hormone – It’s getting dark earlier, which can wreak havoc on our mood. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, Seasonal Affective Disorder affects as many as 10-20 percent of people. A natural mood-booster is vitamin D. This happy hormone (yes, it’s a hormone, not a vitamin) lifts spirits while helping skin glow. When D hormone levels are balanced, a lot of skin conditions will improve such as rosacea, eczema and heavy wrinkling. Salmon, tuna, mackerel, liver, mushrooms and egg yolks are great sources of D.
- Don’t ditch the SPF – The beach bag may be stored until next summer, but the sunscreen definitely should not be. Practice safe sun daily. To determine the quality of a sunscreen, check the SPF number on the label (those with SPF 15 or greater yield the best results). Also, scan the active ingredient label to make sure it has UVA-blocking elements such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or anything in the avobenzone family.
Tell me: How do you change your skin care routine when the leaves start to change?
About the author: With two decades in the beauty and skin care industries, Celeste Hilling is the Founder, CEO and Product Formulator for Skin Authority. Skin Authority is respected for developing pure and powerful products without the use of parabens, added fragrance, dyes or animal testing. More on http://www.skinauthority.com, Facebook at Skin Authority, Twitter @SkinAuthority and @MissSkin.