As we head into fall, you may find yourself setting aside the sunscreen or otherwise neglecting your skin care routine. But cooler temperatures introduce new variables into your skin’s health, not to mention the health of the products’ ingredients themselves. Make sure you keep your skin healthy year-round with these tips from Elisa Townsend, certified esthetician from Spa Sydell, and Sally Larsen, owner of Sally B’s Skin Yummies.
It seems basic, but cleansing twice a day, every day is a must. Larsen says, “Dirt and debris clog pores and cause your skin to appear dull.” Keep your glow going by cleansing regularly.
Townsend says, “A basic exfoliant will help to remove superficial dead skin cells and will make pores appear smaller.” When you select a scrub, Larsen says, be sure to evaluate your options. “Abrasive scrubs, like those containing apricot pits, can create tiny cuts in the epidermis. Scrubs with plastic beads are gentle on your face but hard on the environment.” Instead of those, she recommends exfoliating with a toner with alpha hydroxy acids (AHA).
Your skin needs year-round protection both from the sun and from harmful ingredients that fill many skin care products. Townsend says, “Use a daily moisturizer with a broad spectrum SPF of 25. I recommend choosing one that is free of parabens, fragrances and chemical dyes.” When evaluating a sunscreen’s ingredients – or the ingredients of any skin product – use your resources. Larsen recommends, “Use the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep online database or their free app to identify and avoid toxic chemicals in your personal care products.”