As the seasons move on and temperatures begin to drop, your skin will start to go through a number of different changes. If you want your skin to look its best throughout the colder months, now is the time to work on transitioning your skincare routine to cater to your skin’s evolving needs.
What does this involve? Read on as Vine Vera talks you through how to adjust your skincare routine for fall.
Switch to a Moisturizing Cleanser
The seasons affect how much sebum your skin produces. When the temperature is warm and humidity is high, sebum production increases. This is why many people, particularly those with oily skin, need to turn to powerful gel or foaming cleansers to battle all of that extra grease.
However, as the seasons change and temperatures begin to drop, sebum production starts to decline. Continue using your powerful summertime cleanser on your skin and you’ll end up over-stripping your skin of sebum while also contributing to dehydrated skin. For people with a dry skin type, this will leave your skin even drier and flakier. For those of you with oily skin, dehydration will stimulate your sebaceous glands. Rather than enjoying some relief from the natural decline in sebum production, your skin will feel oilier than ever.
To counter all of these issues, switch to a gentler moisturizing cleanser once fall approaches. Mousse cleansers are a fantastic choice because, unlike cream cleansers, they still produce a satisfying lather. However, unlike foaming cleansers, they’re not too harsh on the skin. Many, such as Vine Vera’s Resveratrol Cabernet Mousse Cleanser, also contain moisturizing ingredients. With a blend of amino acids and niacinamide, this formula will leave your skin feeling better fortified against the upcoming colder weather.
Layer in a Couple of Hydrating Serums
As the weather becomes colder, the air turns drier. This is bad news for your skin. Research confirms that the drier the air is, the faster your skin’s moisture will evaporate into the air, a process known as transepidermal water loss. This can quickly leave the skin feeling dry and dehydrated.
Once winter rolls around with even drier air, it becomes much harder to restore the necessary amount of moisture to the skin. This is why your efforts need to begin in the fall while some of summer’s balminess is still lingering.
The best way to quickly increase your skin’s hydration levels is with a hydrating serum. Unlike a cream, which has a heaviness that makes it perfect for the surface of the skin, serums are lighter and can, therefore, penetrate a little deeper. This means that they’ll leave the deeper layers of your skin feeling hydrated too. This is exactly what you need during the cooler months.
The great thing about serums is that you don’t need to limit yourself to just one. Add a couple of hydrating serums to your fall skincare routine and you’ll be boosting your skin’s moisture levels even more.
At Vine Vera, we have several hydrating serums for you to choose from. One bestseller is the Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum. It contains a long list of hydrating compounds, including sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, seaweed extract, and peptides.
Another option would be the Resveratrol Pinot Noir Longevity Serum. In addition to its hydrating ingredients and its antioxidants, this formula also contains lactic acid. It’s a gentle alpha-hydroxy acid that will not only clear away the look of dullness and roughness but will also provide additional hydrating properties.
Go For Thicker Face Creams
As we mentioned earlier, transepidermal water loss increases during the fall and winter. Adding some extra hydrating serums to your skincare routine is a great way to replenish some of the moisture that your complexion has lost. However, in an ideal world, your skin wouldn’t lose so much moisture in the first place. Fortunately, this is something that a rich face cream can help with.
How? It all comes down to the additional barrier that a moisturizer forms over the surface of the skin. This essentially serves a similar role to that of your skin’s protective barrier, in that it blocks moisture from evaporating away.
The thicker your face cream is, the thicker the barrier it will form. This is why it’s always recommended to switch to a richer and thicker face cream as the weather starts to cool down.
At Vine Vera, we have a day cream and a night cream that’s absolutely perfect for this. The Resveratrol Cabernet High Potency Moisture Day Cream is a rich formula that still feels relatively lightweight when applied, so much so that it’s easy to layer makeup over the top. Meanwhile, the Resveratrol Cabernet High Potency Night Cream features a thicker shea butter-infused formula that’s ideal for the evenings, which is when skin moisture loss tends to be at its highest.
Prioritize Barrier-Supporting Ingredients
A compromised skin barrier is another side effect of the decline in sebum production in the fall and winter. Sebum forms a critical part of the skin barrier. This means that the less sebum your skin is producing, the weaker your skin barrier will be.
Your skin barrier is vital for keeping your skin cells functioning optimally. If your barrier is impaired in any way, you could experience a wide range of different skin concerns, from dehydration and dryness to the accelerated development of wrinkles and discoloration.
So, how can you ensure that your skin barrier feels fortified as the colder weather approaches?
There are a few skincare ingredients out there that are revered for how they keep the skin barrier feeling supported and strengthened. Some of the hydrating ingredients that we discussed earlier, including sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, and shea butter, do this well. The way in which they encourage moisture retention keeps the skin barrier feeling plump and supple.
It can also be advantageous to use skincare products that contain fatty acids. Ceramides, olive oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter are all fantastic sources. In fact, shea butter is known for containing a higher level of fatty acids than most other plant oils, making it a great ingredient to add to your skincare routine.
With the Vine Vera Resveratrol Vitamin C Moisturizer, it’s easy to do exactly that. This face cream is formulated with shea butter, along with a number of other ingredients your skin barrier will love. It’s also brimming with antioxidants, which will leave your skin looking radiant as the colder weather starts to take over.
Find a Cold Weather-Friendly Sunscreen
Unfortunately, even as the days turn darker and duller, sunscreen isn’t something that you can forget about. The sun’s UV rays are present and damaging year-round. For some, they can even be more harmful in the winter due to how snow and ice cause them to reflect and magnify.
Don’t assume that you’re safe on cloudy days either. Sure, some research points to how clouds can reduce UV exposure but there are also plenty of studies that prove the opposite. Depending on a few different variables in relation to those clouds, UV exposure can sometimes be enhanced.
However, this doesn’t mean that you need to continue using your summer sunscreen throughout the winter. There’s nothing wrong with doing so but this is also a great opportunity to give your skin some extra moisture. Forgo your lightweight summer sunscreen for a more moisturizing formula and your skin will thank you!
One example would be the Vine Vera Resveratrol Cabernet Replenishing Moisture Cream SPF 30. Not only does it provide SPF 30 protection but it also functions as a fantastic moisturizer. Whether you use it on its own or decide to layer it over another moisturizer to counter the feeling of severe dryness, this cream would be an amazing addition to any fall/winter skincare routine!
Warm Up With a Thermal Mask
If you’ve never tried a thermal face mask before, fall is a great time to consider adding one to your skincare routine. These face masks are beneficial year-round but they feel so much more indulgent when applied on a cold day. The way in which they gently heat up as they’re massaged into the skin provides a relaxing, spa-like sensation.
Of course, just like all other types of face masks, thermal face masks are designed for a variety of purposes. If you’re looking for a formula that will help you prevent the visible skin concerns that often arise during the winter months, the Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Thermic Mask won’t disappoint.
This mask contains a number of super hydrating and moisturizing ingredients, all of which are vital as the weather turns colder. Both sweet almond oil and vitamin E will keep your skin barrier feeling supported while vitamin C and lemon peel extract will brighten the look of dull and rough skin. Meanwhile, aloe vera extract will leave your skin feeling deeply hydrated.
Swap Your Body Lotion For a Body Butter
It’s not just your facial skincare routine that needs to be adjusted as the seasons change. You should also be reassessing the products that you use on your body.
If you currently moisturize your body with a lotion or a lightweight cream, you may want to consider upgrading to a thicker and richer formula for the fall and winter, just like we recommended doing with your face cream.
Body butters are a great way to go. They have a velvety texture that leaves the skin feeling beautifully soft – something that’s often hard to achieve when the air turns drier!
Experience this for yourself by giving Vine Vera’s Intensive Shea Body Butter a try. In addition to shea butter, it contains a number of other richly moisturizing ingredients. Jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, rose fruit extract, vitamin E, and aloe vera leaf extract are just a few of the noteworthy ingredients in this formula. They’ll all leave your body feeling super smooth from head to toe.
Upgrade Your Skincare Routine For Fall With Vine Vera
Now that fall is upon us, it’s time to start thinking about the changes that you may need to make to your skincare routine. Get everything done before winter arrives and you’ll be able to keep your complexion radiant and healthy, no matter how harsh the weather may turn.