We hate to see summer go and take it’s longer days and sun drenched vacations with it, but there’s something very enticing about the fact that cooler weather is upon us. Sweaters and boots, anyone?
We wish that changing out our wardrobe was the only thing we had to worry about during the seasonal transition, but with summer ending, it’s time to put away those foaming cleansers and light moisturizers.
With cooler weather comes drier air. It’s imperative to choose products that are going to nourish and reinforce the delicate skin barrier in order to support and protect the skin throughout the colder months. Our initial instinct is to slap on the heaviest cream we can find, but true skin hydration happens in layers; start with a hydrating mist/toner, layer a serum/oil and then seal all of that in with a barrier reinforcing cream. Look out for products that contain petroleum. In most cases this ingredient contains trace amounts of carcinogens and is an inexpensive and not always skin friendly ingredient. Instead , look for non-toxic formulations that contain mango seed butter, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and squalane oil to name a few (there are so many amazing natural ingredients out there!).
Keep reading for some more tips on how to transition your skin from summer to fall with ease.
Switch up Your Cleanser
In the warmer months our skin needs a deeper clean with all of the sweat and sunscreen, but when the weather cools down it’s important to choose gentler formulations that aren’t going to strip your skin of crucial oils. We love the Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm from Naturopathica which uses moisturizing Manuka Honey and Royal Jelly Peptides to cleanse the skin in an ultra-nourishing way. We also have to mention that it smells like a vanilla honey cookie, which we definitely aren’t complaining about.
Invest in an Enzyme Peel
When we aren’t exposed to the sun as often, that gives us time to amp up the actives in our routine. Investing in an enzyme peel that you can use 2-3 times a week is a great way to reverse a lot of that summer sun damage while keeping your skin glowing and fresh all fall and winter long. We love the Kypris Glow Philtre which uses pomegranate pith enzymes, softening sea fennel stem cells, sea algae and silver ear mushroom to revitalize the skin’s surface. We also love this mask as a pre makeup treatment!
Stock up on Body Butters and Balms
Nothing beats a good body butter, especially when applied right out of the shower or bath. A tried and true AILLEA favorite are the Organic Bath Co body butters, which use certified organic shea butter, sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, argan oil and sweet almond oil; a simple combination that is hydrating and never greasy.
Amp up Your Hydration
We love doing skin care in layers. In most cases our dry skin woes can’t be solved by one miracle product or cream (if you’ve found that please let us know). Proper hydration is done in layers. We love starting with a great mist like Josh Rosebrook’s Hydrating Accelerator and following that with a serum like the Kypris Antioxidant Dew or an uber nourishing oil like May Lindstrom’s The Youth Dew. We then seal all of that goodness in with Josh Rosebrook’s Vital Balm Cream for the ultimate layering experience.
Drink More Tea
Sipping on herbal tea throughout the day is a great way to keep the skin nourished and the body warm. We love organic Ginger Aid from Traditional Medicinals. This slightly spicy blend keeps upset stomachs and digestion issues at bay (we know that healthy digestion is also the key to skin health) and is blended with blackberry leaf and lemon myrtle for an extra yummy kick. But, there are so many delicious teas out there to try. Find one that you love and sip on it throughout the day!
Move Your Body
It’s a lot easier to stay active when the weather is warm and beautiful, but once that first freeze hits it’s hard to avoid the temptation of wanting to come straight home from work, throw on pajamas and turn on Netflix. Moving your body is so important to overall skin health. Exercise and blood flow bring oxygen to skin cells, keeping them happy and nourished. It might not always be the best day for a walk outside and you may absolutely despise the gym, but there is a form of movement out there for everyone. Experiment and find what works for you! We always love a good hot yoga or barre class.