As Daylight Savings Time comes to a close, darker days are approaching – literally. During the fall and winter months, days are shorter and nights are longer, limiting your time with the sunshine and its vitamin D. With the shortage in the natural supply of sunshine and heat, your skin may take a toll. The air gets colder, humidity takes a step back, and your skin reflects these changes.
Although less sunshine means less UV exposure and sun damage, we do miss out on the benefits provided by the sun during the fall and wintertime. However, this does not mean you should stop wearing sunscreen – our skin needs this protection from the sun during the entire year, no matter how long the sun stays in the sky.
So what can you do to make sure your skin stays hydrated and healthy through the barren cold? Luckily, you don’t have to look anywhere else. We’ve assembled a guide to your fall and winter skincare routine, as well as tips to keep your skin as healthy as possible for the rest of the year.
Keep reading to find out more!
As the summer turns into fall, the humidity starts leaving the air, making room for fog and wind. It's during this season that Daylight Savings Time ends, making us shift our internal clocks for earlier mornings and longer nights. It may be difficult for your body to adjust, to these changes, resulting in poor sleeping habits, restless nights, and even under-eye circles.
As a result, it is vital to keep the skin hydrated and plump. Effective moisturizers, such as Aloe Infusion’s Face & Body Cream, include quick-absorbing, hydrating ingredients such as aloe vera and vitamins A, C, and E, to ensure moisture retention, which may help reduce inflammation in your eye bags.
The best way to apply moisturizer is right after the shower. Gently pat away the excess water from your skin, making sure to avoid harshly scraping your face with a towel. Once this is done, dab the moisturizer on your face and let it absorb its vitamins into your skin, repairing the skin barrier and improving moisture retention . This way, your skin may keep the summer glow through the change of seasons.
Your winter skincare routine should be similar to that of the fall. However, as the air gets even colder and the rain is scarce, your skin becomes even more dry and deficient in vitamin D and C. If you aren't consistent with moisturizing and applying vitamin serums, your skin may be at risk of drying and peeling, decreasing its health.
As a result, adding a vitamin serum to your skincare routine during this time of year can be extremely beneficial. Not only would you grant your skin the vitamins it's being deprived of with the change of weather, but you’ll also have a healthy and youthful glow. For instance, before using moisturizer, applying Aloe Infusion’s Vitamin C Facial Serum can provide your skin with the necessary vitamins to rejuvenate your skin.
This serum is carefully crafted to reduce skin inflammation, help treat sun damage, and heal the skin barrier to better retain moisture. Additionally, the Vitamin C Facial Serum stimulates collagen production, which can help slow down the skin’s aging process, including wrinkles, eye bags, and age spots. This way, your skin can stay hydrated, smooth, and youthful during this time of year.
In addition to moisturizer and Vitamin C Serum, it is important to add probiotics to the winter skincare routine. Probiotics are known as helpful bacteria that benefit the body in several ways. They can help control inflammation and balance the skin's pH, evening your skin tone and keeping a healthy glow throughout the winter months [2,3].
While the use of skincare products may vary with each season, some products and techniques are significant throughout the entire year:
- Wash your face every night: As soon as you step outside, your face comes into contact with just about everything that lingers in the air: from air pollution to simply touching your face with not-so-clean hands, you don't often take into account everything that's making its way onto your skin. By washing your face, you can prevent your skin from breaking out by absorbing that undesirable buildup.
- Wear sunscreen: Wearing sunscreen is vital to preserve your skin’s health. UV exposure may cause all sorts of damage to your skin, including sunspots, irritation, and in the most extreme cases, even cancer . It is important to remember that sunscreen must be reapplied several times a day to ensure maximum protection (recommended every 2-3 hours) .
- Use Vitamin C Serums: Because our body doesn't naturally produce vitamin C but still needs it, it is up to us to make sure our bodies get the recommended daily dosage. With Aloe Infusion’s Vitamin C Facial Serum, you can ensure the vitamin C directly affects your skin, helping with collagen production, hydration, and rejuvenation. Help your skin stay youthful, glowing, and plump throughout the entire year!
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