FALL TO WINTER: SKINCARE GUIDE

When the first winter breeze blows through the trees you can feel the magic in the air. Cold weather brings people closer, and we yearn for love, warmth, and connection. However, transitioning to the new season might also mean to be the beginning of our winter skin woes, especially if we suffer from dryness and flakes. During this time of the year, our skin loses its moisture, causing it to become dry, itchy, and irritable. In some cases, it can even lead to psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions.

Switching to a skincare routine designed to keep our skin healthy in cold temperatures doesn’t have to be difficult. With just a few adjustments, you can maintain a radiant complexion year-round.

Here’s a handy guide to transitioning your skincare routine for winter.

Best Skincare Guide for Winter:

1. Cleanse 

The key to keeping skin clean and free of accumulated dirt is cleansing twice daily, both in the morning and at night. However, foam-based cleansers are not recommended during Winter as it contributes to drying out the skin, which is why we suggest switching to an oil-based cleanser that gently removes impurities without stripping moisture. There’s no better like:

Eminence Organic Skin Care Firm Skin Acai Cleanser 8.4 fl. oz - DermstoreEMINENCE FIRM SKIN ACAI CLEANSER– This cleanser is Antioxidant-rich acai berries that are perfect for revitalizing mature skin. This cream cleanser also blends hyaluronic acid and seabuckthorn oil to restore the appearance of elasticity to the skin and present a more youthful look. Cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, animal by-products, phthalates, GMOs, and triclosan.

 

2. Moisturize

During the winter season, reach for heavy-duty creams and moisturizers to hydrate parched skin, and support the skin’s barrier to help protect the skin from the damaging effects of the cold weather.  We recommend searching for formulas made with hydrating ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, essential oils, and/or glycerin. For example, we like the iS Clinical Moisturising Complex because it offers up to  24 hours of hydration for a soft, smooth, and healthy-looking complexion. We recommend:

iS Clinical Moisturizing Complex | In Stock | Nationwide DeliveryiS CLINICAL MOISTURIZING COMPLEX – This moisturizer by iS Clinical has a rich, creamy texture that absorbs quickly into the skin with a non-greasy finish. Its protective barrier is packed with antioxidants to guard the skin against environmental damage. The moisturizing ingredients that we can’t get enough of in iS Clinical Moisturising Complex are hyaluronic acid and glycerin, as they can retain and restore impressive amounts of moisture. Plus, vitamins and bio-nutrients help maintain your skin’s health throughout cooler months.

Eminence Organic Skin Care Apricot Body Oil 8.2 fl. Oz - DermstoreEMINENCE APRICOT BODY OIL– Eminence Organics Apricot Body Oil combines moisturizing apricot oil with grapeseed, jojoba, and seabuckthorn oils to leave skin supple and touchably soft. This natural body oil blend is also packed with antioxidants that protect skin from free radical damage and minimize signs of aging like wrinkles and uneven skin tone. This multipurpose oil can also be used to hydrate very dry skin on the elbows and knees, or you can add a drop or two to your favorite moisturizer for even richer hydration.

3. Exfoliate

Fall and winter’s dry conditions can be highly irritating to your skin, and you may begin to notice flaky, dry patches on your face and body. Exfoliation is a great way to stimulate the production of the skin’s natural oils and product absorption. To maintain skin in the autumn and winter, choose a gentle exfoliator and exfoliate as part of your night routine to avoid making your skin more vulnerable during the day. If your skin needs a jump start, consider a Chemical Peel. Rather than working on the surface of the skin, chemical exfoliation works at the cellular level to improve the condition and appearance of the skin. Try this:

KUL - Exfoliating Cleanser – HEMP.coKUL CBD Exfoliating Cleanser This sulfate-free, polishing cleanser combines the purest quality Full Spectrum CBD with Apricot Seed to gently exfoliate & remove makeup, oil & dead skin cells to reveal healthy, radiant-looking skin. You can see effective results immediately as this sulfate-free, polishing cleanser travels deep into pores to remove the impurities & helps condition the skin. Balancing probiotics & antioxidants encourage smoother, brighter, more even skin tone.

4. Protect

Our skin can be damaged by UV rays all around the year. Use a mineral-based SPF for its lightness, breathability, ocean-friendliness, and ease of use. We recommend:

Eclipse SPF 50 | SPF 50 Sunscreen | iS ClinicaliS CLINICAL ECLIPSE SPF 50– Formulated specifically for daily use and extended outdoor activities, Eclipse SPF 50+ is a unique fusion of scientifically advanced physical sunscreens – transparent Titanium Dioxide and micronized Zinc Oxide – coupled with pure Vitamin E. This antioxidant-rich blend provides superior water-resistant broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Eclipse SPF 50+ is an ultra sheer, lightweight formula that absorbs quickly for a non-greasy matte finish.

BBalanced - Natural Medicine | EMINENCE ORGANIC SKIN CARE - LIP TRIO KIT COUNT/PK 3EMINENCE LIP TRIO–  Erase the appearance of winter dryness and treat your lips with a naturally effective three-step treatment. Gentle fruit enzymes refine the lip area, followed by an extra-rich masque that deeply hydrates. Finish with a delicious minty non-petroleum-based take-home balm that stimulates lip-plumping collagen.

5. Nourish

The most effective way to get healthy skin is to maintain a good diet and drink enough water. Eat squashes like butternut and pumpkin that are rich in beta-carotene. This helps to aid cell renewal, regulates skin function, and promotes collagen production. Also, aim to incorporate “healthy fats” into your diet, including foods like salmon, avocado, and nuts. These foods contain essential omega-3 fatty acids, which improve the health of skin cell membranes. When eaten regularly, you can help reduce inflammatory skin conditions and improve the overall appearance of your skin.

To give your skin an extra boost of moisture, use a humidifier to maintain a more comfortable humidity level in your home.

When it comes to fall and winter skincare, the above adjustments would help with your winter skin woes, even when the temperatures drop. If you’d like to consult for personalized skincare recommendations, visit DESUAR Spa at our three branches across LA.

Understanding the Benefits and Proper Use of Vitamin C

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Understanding the Benefits and Proper Use of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of those products that your skin just can’t get enough of. There is a lot Vitamin C can do for your skin, it has many benefits; including brightening dark spots, protecting the skin from UV damage, promoting collagen production, smoothing fine lines, healing acne, and is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize and help repair free radicals caused by UV exposure, pollution and environmental factors. Because it also inhibits melanin production in the skin, it also helps lighten hyperpigmentation and even skin tone to enhance skin radiance.

Commonly, Vitamin C is safe to use and well accepted by the skin, in some cases it can sting or itch a little bit, or cause redness, especially if applying after exfoliating scrubs or acid peels. There are many factors that will contribute to maximize your Vitamin C benefits. Having a dedicated skin care routine along with consistency is key for maximum results, so add it to your routine in a way that makes sense for you.

The type of vitamin C serum you select, as well as how you use and store it, can significantly affect how much you actually get out of it. Vitamin C products aren’t all created the same way, and in some cases it can be irritating to use, especially if you have sensitive or reactive skin. It’s always recommended to read the product label and know what you’re buying.

It’s always suggested to check your product vitamin C concentration to decided what is suitable for you. If you have sensitive skin it’s best to start with the lowest concentration and work your way up. However, skin that produces a lot of sebum and is heavily pigmented a high concentration of vitamin C can be more suitable to attack those skin concerns.

How should you use vitamin C? There is no right or wrong way to use it. However, studies have suggested that using it during the morning is the best time, considering that is when UV radiation is at its highest, and it will help protect from UV damage. There are many ways to apply vitamin C serum, it can be applied underneath your moisturizer, or under your SPF if your vitamin C product is both a moisturizer and antioxidant.

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Natural sources of Vitamin C

There are some other ingredients that should never be mixed with vitamin C: Benzoyl Peroxide can oxidize vitamin C and, as a result, will make it less potent. If you want to use Benzoyl Peroxide I advise using it during your evening skin-care routine, and skip few days in between uses. Another product I warn my clients to be careful of combining is Retinol, combining them can result in making your skin more sensitive and weakening your skin’s barrier. For this reason, I also advise to alternate days, and use Retinoid products during the evening, but never in combination with vitamin C.

Make sure to properly store your vitamin C products. In topical skin-care products, vitamin C is sensitive to light and air. For this reason, it can’t be store in any direct light. When vitamin C is exposed to these factors, it becomes oxidized to dehydroascorbic acid, which is less stable and less effective. Products should be stored in containers that are either air-restrictive, or air-tight, and restrict the light.

It’s important to check vitamin C product formulations before you purchase. There are different types of vitamin C that you might find in different types of products. Some of these are more stable than others, meaning they won’t oxidize as quickly, and some of them have distinctive properties that can make them more suited to certain skin types.

For example, L-ascorbic acid and sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate are water-soluble, meaning they’re more likely to show up in products that are lighter, and therefore better suited to oilier skin. If you have dry, or mature skin, look for more moisturizing products containing lipid-soluble forms of vitamin C, like Ascorbyl Palmitate and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate.

Consider throwing out any vitamin C products that have dramatically changed color since you bought them, which means they might be expired and the efficacy has been affected. Lastly, it’s also important when following any skin care regimen, it’s a must to protect the skin against UV damage with an antioxidant and daily use of an SPF.

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