The season's plummeting humidity calls for the big moisturizing guns
As the season turns itself over to colder days, we find ourselves enjoying sticky-free days as the humidity of summer bids farewell. However, less humidity also means a need to compensate for your skin's hydration. The perfect time to switch to heavier skincare products is the season between extreme cold and heat. That perfect time is now.
When switching out your products for the season, it's important to note that there's so much more that can be done apart from moving to heavier creams and oils. We're about to share our must-do's for avoiding skin irritation with the changing seasons.
1. Exfoliate to prepare for richer skincare.
Argan oil-based products are a great first line of defense for your skin
A great way to prep your skin for new products is to slough off flakes of dead skin. This way, your skin will be able to absorb the product more easily. Use your favorite facial exfoliant to help set the stage. Just remember not to overdo it - two to three times a week for normal skin and once for sensitive skin are ideal. Make sure to use light strokes as well so as not to cause micro-tears in your skin.
For the colder season, we recommend argan oil and argan-based products. Start with a foam cleanser, then slather on a cream base layer for the face and around the eyes.
2. Create hydrating layers with serums.
Serums are potent hydrating products that absorb into the skin quickly
Serums are a much more potent and concentrated type of skincare product, often addressing specific skin concerns. They are formulated to allow easier absorption into the skin. Serums are known to be one of the most effective types of anti-aging products due to its active ingredients.
Active ingredients in serums help to target specific skin concerns
3. Seal and hydrate with facial masks.
A great way to seal in serum layers is by donning face masks
One thing that serums lack is a "sealant" ingredient, which allows the product to stay absorbed into the skin. Having an additional moisturizer like facial masks is a great way to make sure half of your serums don't go to waste.
Never leave face masks on for longer than 20 minutes so as not to cause skin irritation. Leaving the mask on overnight may restrict your skin from breathing.
4. Give your skin some warmth.
When warmed, these Thai coconut herbal compress balls help blood circulate better
Thai herbal compress balls are a great way to relieve stress and massage your skin in one go. The herbal balls contain coconut meat, which is widely known for its moisturizing properties.
Warm or steam the balls to a safe temperature before putting in contact with your skin.
If your skin is looking for something cooler, you may opt to massage it with a face roller instead. If you're not familiar with the different types of rollers, you can check out our list here.
You can also include a purifying face mask into your cleansing routine to get deep into those pores. Our current favorite is charcoal for its detoxifying properties.
If your skin feels dry in the middle of the day, we recommend carrying some dry oil with you. Dry oils are absorbed by the skin quickly so you can get that layer of moisture without the shine.
For a shine-free boost of moisture in the middle of the day, we recommend dry oils
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