With summer waning and, the cooler fall quickly approaching, it's time to take a look at some of the ingredients that will keep your skin happy and glowing as the seasons begin to change.
High quality active ingredients should be used all year but, some ingredients are especially beneficial and helpful during the fall and winter months. By keeping the skins barrier function intact and working properly, your skin will stay healthy, hydrated, and feeling happy all year long.
Here's four of our favourites.
Similar to our own natural sebum, squalane is the first defense against environmental damage and seasonal dehydration. Super effective at helping maintain a proper balance of oil in the skin without creating congestion and breakouts. Always be sure you are getting squalane derived from a friendly source such as olives so we can leave the sharks in the ocean (another source of squalane). Squalane is a huge key in restoring the all important barrier function of skin, especially if you've been over exfoliating.
Tocopheral (Vitamin E)
Vitamin E is fantastic for protecting the skin cell membranes from environmental damage due to ozone, UV, and chemical pollutants. When paired with alpha lipoic acid (a super hero anti-oxidant) Vitamin E reactivates for even greater protection against free radicals. Goodbye premature aging.
Think hydration, tissue repair, increased skin smoothness, and a reduction in wrinkles. Each molecule of hyaluronic acid is capable of absorbing and holding approximately 1000 times it's mass in water, resulting in a plumping effect and boost in skin elasticity. A great ingredient for holding moisture in the skin and keeping the dry skin blues away.
A wonderful hydrator, which smoothes and softens skin for a gorgeous, velvety softness. Plenty of anti-oxidants to keep free radicals at bay and skin glowing.
By incorporating these ingredients into your skin care program, your skin will keep a healthy balance and barrier function, reducing dryness, inflammation, and the dry itchiness that can occur with the change of season. Even though we're well prepared for everything fall throws against us, we're still going to keep our fingers crossed summer sticks around a little longer!