I work with folks who spend a ton of time in the sun, including top Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings, but you don’t have to be famous to achieve amazing skin this fall. My first tip – Just as you swap out your shorts for sweaters in anticipation of cooler temps, do the same with your skin care products. Use the change of season to inventory your skin care stash, toss old items and figure out what you truly need.
Here are six insider secrets:
Simplify your Skin Care Stash – Don’t be a product hoarder. Save time and money by simplifying to no more than three to four steps in the morning and at night. In the morning, I recommend using a mild gel cleanser, an anti-oxidant such as Vitamin C and a sunscreen moisturizer. At night, use resurfacing ingredients such as AHAs and retinols in addition to restorative peptides.
Ditch Dryness – Fall brings dry air, allergies and reduced exposure to sunlight, all of which affect your skin. Take quick, lukewarm showers because hot water can be damaging to skin when indoor air tends to be dryer. Also, exfoliate from head to toe to slough off dead skin cells and apply lotion as soon as you step out of the shower to seal in moisture.
Exfoliate to Hydrate – Regular exfoliation (two to three times per week) speeds up the cell turnover process, which allows the body to produce moisture-bearing properties like hyaluronic acid. Exfoliation also helps to plump the skin by churning up elastin and collagen production. I use natural resurfacing agents such as glycolic acid to gently dissolve dead surface skin cells.
Practice Safe Sun –Rain or shine, practice safe sun daily. To determine the quality, 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. Additionally, a lot of people don’t realize that that UV rays go through glass – car windows, those in your home and office, etc. Another reason to wear sunscreen daily.
Cost Per Ounce – Shop for skin care the way that you shop for food, by looking at the cost per ounce. When you see a product that is $20 for .2 of an ounce, multiply and see that it’s actually $100 for one ounce… not a great deal. Instead, visit spas and salons. What you’ll find is that spa- and salon-quality products are a bargain as they include complimentary consultations with licensed experts.
Concentrate on Concentrations – After evaluating the ounces, concentrate on the concentrations. Take a look at the active ingredients and ensure that any treatment product has a pH below four. The human skin ranges from 4.5-5.5 pH. A product should be below the pH level of the skin for maximum penetration. Otherwise, you might as well be using water!
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 www.skinauthority.com, Facebook at Skin Authority, Twitter @SkinAuthority and @MissSkin.