Even though most of us have been staying indoors and wearing makeup less often, somehow our skin hasn’t gotten the memo to be healthier and blemish-free. But, it’s hard to remember to even use moisturizer let alone hydrate more than just all the new plants you’ve bought in the last few months! Keep reading for tips and tricks to stay fresh and glowing at home, plus how to prepare skin for winter and more.
The first step in a successful autumn skin care routine is to find a light cleanser created especially for your skin type. If you’re working from home it can be hard to remember to wash your face more than once — since you’re not going or returning from anywhere at the end of the day — but, it’s important to establish a routine of using this mild cleanser in the mornings and at night to wash away all of the junk that can accumulate on your face — even at home!
Exfoliation is an important part of skin care, but since cold weather and wind can leave skin dry and chapped, you’ll want to cut down on the number of times per week you exfoliate. Start with 2 to 3 times a week after cleansing to get a deeper clean without irritating already sensitive skin.
After you’ve cleansed and exfoliated, you’ll want to use a moisturizer that’s slightly thicker than your summer moisturizer. And, don’t just stop at your face! Moisturize head to toe with different body creams for your face, body, lips and hands since different areas of skin can have drastically different needs. The skin on our hands is especially delicate in the fall and winter so be sure to use a hand cream daily. You can even get special gloves to sleep in that moisturize your hands as you sleep for some extra fall pampering.
The key to learning how to prepare your skin for winter — and keep it healthy all year long — is learning how to properly hydrate — inside and out. After you’ve hydrated your skin with moisturizer, hydrate your body with good food and water. Eat foods rich with Omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats and foods high in zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and you’re sure to see a difference in your skin. And, don’t forget to drink plenty of water! Keep a full water bottle or glass by you at all times so you can reach for that instead of mindlessly snacking or drinking juice or soda.
AWS = Always Wear Sunscreen
You should always wear sunscreen when you go outside. Even if it’s just for a quick grocery trip, your unprotected skin can burn, raising your chances of skin cancer and premature aging. Choose an oil-free sunscreen with broad-spectrum UV protection of at least SPF 30 and apply every time you leave the house. Similarly to keeping water handy, pick up a sunscreen to keep in your purse, car and washroom so you’re less likely to forget and more likely to apply!