Skin care in Autumn

Autumn is the best season for beginning cosmetic treatments, you can look at this thing as your personal goal, or you can do it for correction of any deficiencies but also to face the cold season. In order to prepare our skin for the Autumn season we need to pay a closer attention to our face, and use products as face creams or face lotions.

Exfoliation or peeling will help your skin to get rid of the dead damaged cells and prepare it to take in moisture and nutrition easier. Exfoliation of the skin’s top layer has also shown in many studies to stimulate production of new collagen in the deeper dermis layers thus helping to improve the signs of photoaging.

Some cosmetologists recommend to wait until October to take a series of professional peeling procedures. In October the sun becomes mild enough not to cause any damage to the freshly revealed skin layer. If you have sensitive or problem skin, or skin prone to acne, go with a chemical or enzyme peel. If your skin is dry or normal, you can choose either dermabrasion, a chemical peeling or a combination of both.
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During the hot, sunny summer months your skin looses a lot of moisture. Dehydration is one of the reasons why it looks so dull and you can see new lines. Give your skin the necessary moisture. Moisturize twice daily and apply a moisturizing mask once or twice a week. For normal, combination and oily skin use a light oil free moisturizer marked “non-comedogenic” in the form of fluid or gel.

For the dry type of skin choose a thicker moisturizer. Look for a cream marked “for dry skin”, that can be either oil-based or water-based. Cosmetologists recommend, starting from your late 20s-early 30s, to include into your daily routine an intensive skin treatment once or twice a year for 1-3 months. The length and intervals between the treatments depend on your age and skin condition.

For a couple Autumn months give yourself regular at-home beauty treatments. 2-3 times a week apply a mask for example, once or twice– moisturizing and once – antioxidant, anti-aging or energizing. Before applying a mask cleanse your face or use an exfoliator (do not exfoliate more than 2 times a week) to prepare your skin for the treatment. To increase the potency of the mask you can add one more step to your at-home facial and treat your face to a steam bath. Put some hot water in a bowl, cleanse your face and sit over the bowl. Cover yourself with a towel to keep the steam in. You can also add a green tea bag for additional antioxidant effect or a chamomile tea bag for soothing effect into the hot water. A steam bath will open up the pores and help to cleanse them of the accumulated sebum and dirt. It will also moisturize, soften the skin and stimulate blood circulation (that is why if you are prone to broken vessels in the face you should avoid it).

If you notice age spots appearing after summer, use exfoliating treatments and whitening products to solve this problem. Ingredients used in products targeting age spots include Kojic Acid and Hydroquinone. Topical Vitamin C has also shown results in lightening dark spots. To slow down brown melanin formation choose a moisturizer with glucosamine. Recent studies have shown that topical application of glucosamine inhibits melanin overproduction in UV damaged skin cells and can help improve skin tone, barrier function and hyperpigmentation. You can also take a series of laser treatments to lighten up the spots.