As we head into September, it’s time for new beginnings and getting ready for a change in the season. Not only are the days getting shorter and the temperature dropping, but it’s also time to head back to school. With all this in mind, you want to consider switching up your skincare routine to accommodate for the changing season and also ensure you look your best for your new school year.
The colder, drier weather, a stressful schedule, and a new environment are enough to cause anyone to break out, but with the right approach to your skincare, you can avoid any calamities and keep a check on your skin health. Here are some top back-to-school skincare tips…
Cleanse your face twice a day
While the transition from the summer break to a new school term can feel harsh enough already, take the time to give yourself ten minutes extra in the mornings to dedicate to your skincare. It's important to cleanse your face twice a day - when you wake up and before you go to bed. Washing in the morning gets rid of any sweat, dry skin, and impurities that have built up overnight, while your evening wash rids your pores of any first and grime as well as leftover makeup from the day.
In the fall you want to use a cleanser enriched with vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K and something that will moisturize your skin. You want it to be heavier than your summer cleansers, so consider choosing a gel or cream cleanser as opposed to a foaming one. Remember to also always wash using warm, not hot water.
Use a mask at least once a week
While a regular skincare routine of cleansing and moisturizing is great, your skin can also benefit from an additional moisture boost every now and then. We recommend you use a face mask at least once a week, depending on how oily or dry your skin gets.
There are a few different types of masks you can use, from clay and mud masks to charcoal, cream, peel-off, or sheet masks. Each has a range of benefits depending on what you are looking to achieve and the type that best suits your skin. Our Premium Microcurrent Facial dual mask set is a great example of a mask that will give your skin a much-needed hydration and nutrition boost. A sheet mask with Tissue X® microcurrent technology, the Tissue X® sends healing waves through your skin layers to tone and tighten skin, while the Enriching mask adds micro hyaluronic acid and nutrients deep into the skin for an intense moisture boost. Use after cleansing twice a week for two weeks, then once a week for long-term maintenance.Premium Microcurrent Facial dual mask
Switch up your moisturizer to something a little more hardcore
In the summer your body naturally produces more oil, giving your skin a healthy glow. In the colder months, the weather dries out your skin and can leave a layer of dead cells and debris. This can trap moisture and dirt, meaning light can’t reflect off your face leading to a dull and flaky appearance. Combat this by adding a Rose Quartz moisturizer cream to your skincare routine. Make sure this is a more hardy choice than in the summer as your skin will need the extra moisture. Apply this in the morning and at night for the best results. Don’t forget to add a lip balm as your lips will be extra dry this time of year too!Rose Quartz moisturizer cream
Be sure to exfoliate
As mentioned above, the fall causes your skin to dry out and flake, clogging your pores. This is why it’s so important to exfoliate regularly. Doing so too often can cause your sebaceous glands to go into overdrive and produce too much oil which can clog your pores, so you want to exfoliate two or three times a week depending on your skin’s condition. You can use an exfoliating mitt, a scrub, or simply a flannel and your usual facial cleanser. Use lukewarm water, rub in gentle circular motions and make sure to follow up with a moisturizer to stop your skin from drying out.
Choose skincare products that suit your skin
A common error that many people make when switching up their skincare routine is not using products that suit their skin. While the seasons have an impact, you always need to consider what type of skin you have. Do you have dry, oily, or combination skin? Be sure to factor this in when searching for your skincare products for the new term as this will make a difference in how well they work for you. If you have oily skin, for example, you will still want to moisturize, but you will be better off with something lighter than someone with dry skin might need.
As you head into the new school year, don’t let the change in routine and weather impact your skin. These top tips should help you stay fresh-faced throughout the day, giving you one less thing to think about. To find out more about our range of skincare products and how they can help you, check out our website here.