When the seasons change, your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that needs a makeover. Your skincare regime should also be revamped. Fall and winter are about repairing the damages left from the summer-sun and staying hydrated. We spoke to Dr. Mona Gohara to find out which ingredients to look for in order to moisturize, repair and protect.
First thing's first – exfoliate your skin at least once per week. Dr. Gohara recommends using a gentle, pH neutral cleanser to slough off any dead, sun-damaged skin on your face. When it comes to your body, she swears by Dove’s Gentle Exfoliating Beauty Bar for everyday use. Once per week though, feel free to get down and dirty by exfoliating with a moisturizing spa-like scrub before getting in the shower. We love Fountain of Beauty Spa Cellulite Eraser, because it rids dead skin, but leaves your skin feeling super soft and silky thanks to the combination of oils.
Swap out your usual lotion with a thicker cream for ultimate hydration. When it comes to finding the perfect moisturizers, Dr. Gohara suggests looking for ones with glycerin, dimethicone, ceramides and petroleum jelly as the infusion of these ingredients makes for the best hydrators. For body, we like Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer. Adding a serum with skin nourishing ingredients into your daily routine is a great way to maintain lasting moisture throughout the day. Try SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel.
Look for serums with vitamins A, C, and E or hyaluronic acid as they correct, firm, fade and protect all at the same time. You can use Boots No. 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Beauty Serum during the day and your hydrating serum at night underneath your moisturizer.
And even though the sun may not be shining, including an SPF into your daily regime is a must to fight against hidden UV rays. As Dr. Gohara put it “if you can see your hand in front of your face, then there is enough UV light to warrant use of SPF.”