By: Marissa Morris
Leaves change colors. The weather gets cooler. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back on the menu. Sweater weather. Bonfires. Brown sugar cinnamon. Crisp leaves. The list is endless. One thing that you don’t hear is skincare. It may seem odd to include in a ‘what comes to mind when you think about fall’ list, but it is more important than you think. Even though autumn brings wonderful sceneries and treats, it also brings colder, more turbulent weather including fierce winds, dry nights, and temperatures varying from day to day. Your skin adjusts to these environmental changes, but it is your job to adjust your skincare routine too. Remember, everyone has different skin that may need different treatment. What works for one might not work for someone else. The best thing to do is observe how your skin reacts to the change in weather, looks throughout the day, and to adjust as necessary. Now, let's talk about some tips that may be helpful during this seasonal change!
Step 1: Change your cleanser
Cleansing each day is vital. Removing dirt, makeup, oil, and impurities can leave our skin feeling nice and clean; however, most cleansers dry out the skin after rinsing. Switching to a more gentle cleanser that leaves the skin moisturized and nourished is essential. Oil cleansing is an example of a great cleanser that balances oil production, helps with acne, and easily takes off makeup all while leaving the skin soft, smooth, and hydrated. In some cases, double cleansing with a foam cleanser can be helpful, but it all depends on how your skin will react. If you decide to oil cleanse, make sure it is one that agrees with your skin type.
Step 2: Switch to a hydrating toner
With environmental factors taking a huge toll on our skin, it is necessary in choosing a toner that will keep the skin balanced and hydrated. Most toners are alcohol based and dry out the skin. These are toners that must be avoided. Also, toners can be taken anywhere and everywhere—spritz yourself whenever! A great toner that is hydrating, balances skin pH, and helps reduce redness is the ReVersa Rose Rosewater Spray $15.
Step 3: Change your moisturizer
It’s very important to invest in a good moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated during dry, cold weather. Thicker moisturizers, like shea butter, are better because they retain moisture for longer periods of time. This is important because windy days, dry heaters, and less water in the air draw the moisture out of your skin. When skin starts to lose its moisture, it can cause sensitivity, dryness, and irritation. ReVersa Rose offers a wonderful Whipped Shea Butter Face Moisturizer that is rich and creamy, available in non-fragrant and fragrant options, and will keep the skin smooth and soft for $17.
Step 4: Exfoliate
With more wind, rain, and change in temperature, the skin may be looking and feeling dull which means...time for a scrub! Facial scrubs are important because they help minimize the appearance of dark spots, smooth out skin tone, and leave the skin moisturized. Avoid coarse scrubs that may be harmful to the skin, causing micro-tears which can cause acne or irritation. These include finely ground nuts, sea salt, and seeds. More importantly, don’t forget the lips—they need a good scrubbin’ too! ReVersa Rose has two excellent scrubs for the face and lips. The Rosehip & Shea Butter Sugar Face Scrub ($17), infused with real rose petals, are the perfect combination for skin dullness, dryness, and healthy aging. Their Vanilla Rose Lip Scrub ($6) is infused with the same ingredients, but this one has a sweet aftertaste of vanilla.
Step 5: Incorporate a serum into your regimen
A light, fast-absorbing serum can be exactly what your skin needs. Some of these include argan, jojoba, apricot kernel, baobab, and rosehip oil. Face serums help improve sun damage and fight the appearance of aging skin. Even changing moisturizers may not be enough. A serum can provide a lot of nourishment to the skin. If your skin is on the dryer side apply the serum before you apply your moisturizer to lock in the moisture. If not, apply your moisturizer and then the serum. ReVersa Rose Organic Rosehip Oil ($30-$45) is the perfect remedy for skin dullness, blemishes, and hydration. This oil is slowly extracted from cold-pressed rosehip seeds until the oil turns a beautiful tangerine color. It’s natural scent is somewhere between cider and fall leaves.
Step 6: Hydrating Masks
Cold weather robs your skin of moisture and hydration. I know, I know, it’s unfair. The air is deprived of moisture and humidity which not only dries out your skin but your body too. Masks are great for deep cleansing, unclogging pores, and giving the skin a radiant glow. Cleansing the skin is great, but masks are even better because they get down to the nitty gritty. A facial mask can get deep below the top layers of the epidermis and draw out the impurities that are hiding beneath your skin that your cleansing can’t reach. Masks are great for the pores, removing all the yucky stuff that can turn into bacteria causing breakouts. Just a single use may help make a difference in appearance.
Step 7: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
In addition to self-care, hydration is key. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Water is vital in keeping skin cells full and hydrated. Water also removes impurities in your body; however, if you are not well-hydrated, it will show itself through your skin pores. Your skin is a reflection on how you treat your body and your body is a temple. So remember, be kind to yourself.