Living in Upstate NY, we have to deal with a wide variety of climate changes throughout the year. Just as you switch over your wardrobe, you should be transitioning your skincare routine with each season. As summer comes to a close, we wanted to share our best practices for maintaining healthy and beautiful skin as the temperatures get colder and the air becomes crisper.
Increase your Hydration
Our skin produces more oil in the summer, helping to keep it naturally hydrated. As the temperature gets cooler, you may notice more dryness and flakiness as we produce less oil. To help keep skin super soft and moisturized, we recommend investing in a heavier moisturizer. While SkinMedica’s HA5 is amazing for keeping skin hydrated, we would recommend coupling it with Obagi’s Hydrate Luxe moisturizer in the fall and winter to help give it that added bit of protection.
In addition to utilizing stellar products to keep your skin beautiful, you should also schedule a series of HydraFacials to help pump your skin full of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. This not only hydrates and protects the skin but will also help fill in those fine lines and wrinkles.
After spending months in the sun, swimming and slathering on the sunscreen, your skin will definitely be ready for some exfoliation. You will want to slough off that dead, dull skin which will reveal a brighter and smoother complexion. Dermplaning or microdermabrasion coupled with a chemical peel is the perfect combo to get rid of those dead skin cells. It will leave your skin glowing and feeling baby soft.
Additionally, adding or increasing your retinol usage to your skincare routine a few nights a week will help stimulate the production of skin cells to renew your skin and decrease fine lines, improve skin texture and helps with acne and skin discoloration.
What not to change
People are all for drenching their skin in sunscreen during the summer months but then forget or skip that part of their routine entirely once the cooler months hit. This is a big no-no! While you may not feel the warmth of the sun anymore, your skin will still be affected by it. It’s imperative that you use sunscreen everyday and reapply if you are spending a significant amount of time outside.
Drinking lots of water may be a no-brainer during hot summer days but it’s also important during the rest of the year. Your skin is your body’s largest organ so make sure you keep it hydrated and healthy. Lastly, don’t skip your spa appointments. We recommend one treatment a month for optimal skin health!
If you are interested in learning more about how to keep your skin healthy or want to schedule a complimentary consultation, you can call us at 518.944.2096 or fill out this form.