How to help your skin deal with trans seasonal changes
Autumn is a favourite season for many people. The nights have cooled down but we still get beautiful sunny days. We also get to watch the stunning colours change before the real cold sets in.
It can be tricky with skincare, as we don’t need our heavy oils just yet and most days still require the use on sunscreen. A bit like having jeans out but still being in t-shirts with a jacket for the evening!
I feel like the key is understanding your skin and its needs. One of the biggest advantages is knowing if you’re dry or dehydrated. Natural skincare companies have done a fabulous job in making people aware of and promoting oils for the skin. But if you don’t know if your skin is oil dry or water dry then mis-use of oils can easily happen leaving you still feeling dehydrated. Oils do not address dehydrated skin (water deficient). Oils only replace lipids (natural oils) in the skin. If your skin is dry and flaky then you are lipid deficient. Commonly, this really only happens in skin of 35 year olds and older. Younger skins are mostly likely to be dehydrated (lacking in water) so in that case you need a serum.
But lets stick with oils for now. If you feel like you need oil, which one suits you and how best should you use them?
Oils were always intended to be used with a face cream. Just slapping an oil on your face is not the best way to get the most out of them. So to increase our lipid contact topically add a face oil to your moisturizer, or if you prefer to put them straight on your skin, always lock it in with a moisturizer on top. A couple of my favourite oil bases are chia and squalane as I find them very softening.
Gel-based serums are best for younger skins or skin that is dehydrated. Serums penetrate deep into the skin to hydrate with ingredients like hyaluronic acid. They also carry vitamins and antioxidants into the skin, which are great for skin health. Keeping up your Vitamin C serum in the autumn months when we still have sunny days will help to protect against any UV damage.
The perfect time to re-evaluate your moisturizer is when the season progresses and days start to become cold. Often winter is the ideal time to switch your moisturizer to something more hydrating. This will help with environmental factors that rob our skin of hydration like cold winds and heating. For all skins suffering from dryness a couple of extra drops of oil in your night cream never hurts. A deeply hydrating mask once a week also gives the skin the boost it needs.
As always if you’re feeling disrupted and can’t balance your skin or get it hydrated enough, I always encourage people to have a consultation with a professional beauty therapist. In the clinic the biggest compliant I see is people feeling oily but dry. A professional product can easily balance out this skin type to give you healthy, glowing skin. The correct balance of water and lipid hydration is the key. In my experience professional grade moisturizers achieve this the best.
If you want to talk to me about your skin I am always happy to have a chat through the skin clinic. You can find us at https://belindahughes.com.au/