Here’s how to keep transitional weather at bay
By Carolina Malis
It’s finally that time of the year! Leaves are turning orange, nights and mornings are getting colder… and our skin is kind of freaking out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Fall/Winter kind of gal, 100%, but what I’m not a fan of is how my skin reacts to this weather change, because let me repeat: it’s freaking out.
While it’s going to continue happening for a couple weeks - been through this many times before - throughout the years I’ve learned there’s a few things I can do in order to keep my skin under control while it’s going through this process. From specific ingredients to a few changes in my routine, I’ve learned there’s some tips a tricks to keep transitional weather skin at bay.
In a nutshell, our skin needs constant care and consistency in order to stay healthy, so when things like weather or environment change even a little bit, we’re in front of a skin crisis. Our skin immediately tries to adapt and adjust to this new environment. As we transition from summer into fall, humidity levels and temperatures drop, so our skin needs to find ways to maintain the adequate hydration levels, and that will take a toll on it. Because of this, the two main problems we’ll struggle with are dehydration and inflammation, which occur because the skin natural protection barrier becomes disrupted during this process, making it way more susceptible to irritation.
But nope, it’s not just about temperature. When the weather changes also does our lifestyle, such as the temperature and length of our showers, central heat, and food. I know, I know, that’s a lot to take in. But don’t despair, as thankfully there is ways and products you can use in order to help your skin transition easily.
First off, hydration, hydration, hydration. Ingredients such as glycerin, ceramides and hyaluronic acid can help keep your skin hydrated for longer. An absolute favorite for me is Sur.Medic+’s Super Hyaluronic line. Formulated mainly with hyaluronic acid, this magical collection has the ability to draw and hold water inside our skin, which helps keep it moisturized throughout the day. For this time of the year, it’s greatest perk is how it can keep your skin nourished and moisturized even when continuing to use strong ingredients such as retinols, exfoliating acids, vitamins and even peels. While the whole line is to die for, here’s some items I’m absolutely in love with and already using to prevent my skin from going crazy with the new weather.
If you talk gentle cleansers you have to talk about this one, because OH BOY, it’s like clouds for my skin. You know that uncomfortable, tight feeling after washing your face with a high pH cleanser? Well, you don’t feel that when using this one and that, my friends, is because of the hyaluronic acid complex, natural amino acids derived from coconut and cotton stem cells contained in the formula. All these treasures together help remove impurities from skin while keeping it hydrated inside out and whisking away any and all impurities.
If you know me you know I’m obsessed with hydrating toners. One layer of it is never enough and you’ll find me patting at least 3 layers on the daily. This one in particular is so extremely hydrating I feel like I accomplish the effect of 3 layers of a regular toner with only one of these.
Also formulated with hyaluronic acid - as you probably already assumed - it penetrates so deep into the skin that you feel like it recharges it in a matter of seconds. I’d dare to say this is one of the only toners that has helped my dehydrated stay put during the day, plus it has a brightening effect to it thanks to the Camu Camu in the formula - an ingredient high in Vitamin C - which is always very appreciated.
If I’m completely honest I’m not much of an emulsions kind of person. I tend to feel like it’s just never enough and end up applying a layer of regular moisturizer on top of it. Well, that kind of changed when I tried this one. As it combines hyaluronic acid with ceramides, the level of hydration it provides is out of this world, all while being light and super gentle on skin.
While those two are already reason enough to fall for this emulsion, another star ingredient in my opinion is Aquaxl, a complex that helps keep the outer layer of skin hydrated all day long, which translates on skin feeling and looking dewy for hours and makeup not breaking or caking.
This line is definitely a great addition to your fall poutine, and if you ask me, a true godsen in my opinion.