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Fall Skincare Tips

Oct 2, 2015

Fall Skincare Tips
Ann Balaguera, National Director of Esthetics

As we prepare to change our wardrobes from flip flops and sundresses to boots and scarves our skincare rituals should be modified as well. Our skin takes a toll from the change of seasons. It can get flaky from the dry heat of the house and the extreme cold outside, but proper care can prevent this.

Follow these tips to keep your skin radiant and glowing this fall.

~Don’t say goodbye to your sunscreen:
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that the damaging rays of the sun are gone. Sunscreen is the number one anti-aging product that you can use. It helps to prevent future damage such as hyperpigmentation and fine lines. Your sunscreen should be at least SPF 30, or higher if you plan to be outside for longer periods of time. Try Prevage Anti-aging Cream SPF 30 which has a powerful antioxidant. This not only protects your skin from UVA rays but it also provides protection against the environment.

~Switch out lotions for creams:
Lotions are a great choice to use during the summer, but they are not hydrating enough during the winter. Apply your cream on a clean face in the morning before makeup and invest in a good night cream, such as Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Premiere Intense Overnight Cream to use before bedtime. This step is essential because night creams are more emollient therefore they provide greater hydration.

~Cleanse and Refresh:
Changing your cleanser is another step to consider. Ideally for the cooler months you want to switch form a gel cleanser to a creamy cleanser to avoid extreme dryness and irritation. With a creamy cleanser like the Red Door Spa Professional Nourishing Cream Cleanser, you will take care of two steps in one – clean skin and hydration.

In order for your products to have improved benefits, they need to deeply penetrate into your skin. Exfoliating removes dead cell buildup from your skin, creates a smoother texture and an instant healthy glow. At home use a mild scrub such as Red Door Spa Professional Lemon Burst once a week. In the spa, consult your esthetician to get you into a regimen of Microdermabrasion and/or peels. These forms of exfoliations will stimulate collagen production, minimize pore size, lighten pigmentation and increase hydration without sensitizing your skin, plus there’s no downtime. 

~Don’t neglect an inch of your body: 
Body exfoliation is also essential for maintaining healthy skin. An oil based body scrub should be used once a week, and a body cream should be applied right after a shower on a daily basis. For extremely dry skin, a body oil like the Red Door Spa Professional Olive Oil Body Spray should be applied right after the body cream.

Another tip to keep in mind is to regulate the water temperature. While it might feel nice to take hot showers, this is doing your skin more harm than good because it’s dehydrating. Lukewarm temperature is best.

Avoid licking your lips. This might provide quick relief to chapped lips but that feeling is short-lived and can make them more sensitive. The best solution to keep your lips soft and hydrated is to reapplying lip balm.

It is important to drink plenty of water which helps to hydrate from within. Another great option is to drink a nice warm herbal tea.