Fall is settling in, and although you can no longer look forward to endless barbecues, trips to the beach, or spending the day soaking up the sun, fall brings with it a whole new set of activities to enjoy. With fall ushering in the brutal cold of winter, these next couple months are probably your last chance to enjoy the outdoors. It’s important to remember, though, that the intense summer sun, followed by the transition into chilly, windy days can wreak havoc on your skin. Here are 5 tips for nurturing and preparing your skin just in time for the holidays:
- Know the Facts
Your increased exposure to the sun in the summer months breaks down an essential substance responsible for protecting your skin’s elasticity and suppleness, called collagen. If you have allowed the sun to deplete your collagen all summer, it will promote early aging and wrinkles. On the other hand, the lack of humidity and cold winds of winter will dry out your skin, resulting in a layer of dead skin cells that suffocates the healthy skin underneath. While you can’t change the weather, you can change your skincare habits.
The summer sun and can easily leave your skin feeling dry and rough. You can moisturize until the cows come home, but it won’t do you much good if you have a layer of dead, dry skin cells coating your body. In order for your skin care products to be effective, you’ll have to clear this outer layer of dead skin—a process called exfoliation. An integral aspect of LaVida Massage’s Designer Peel and Signature Facial is a deep exfoliation.
- Eat for Your Skin
In order to promote healthy skin, it’s important that you consume plenty of essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Foods like salmon and other cold-water fish are high in the fatty acids that help repair cells. Whole grains, fruits, veggies, and nuts contain the antioxidants that your body needs to protect your skin.
- Know Your Skincare Products
Fall is only the beginning of what sometimes seems like an eternity of cold, harsh weather. The sooner you start your skincare routine, the better results you’ll see throughout the winter. Many of the regular, over-the-counter skincare products you’ll find in the pharmacy or department store are not only ineffective, but they can damage your skin further. In order to achieve desired results, you’ll need to experience the benefits of ‘professional only’ products. LaVida Massage, as part of our many skincare treatments, relies on Glymed Plus products. Glymed products combines technologically advanced ingredients with certified botanicals and are only available through certified skincare experts.
- Start a Waxing Routine
Many people complain of dry, irritated skin after shaving. Even if you haven’t noticed this personally, your skin is is still being damaged when you shave. Shaving removes the protective oils and lipids that shields the outer layer of your skin, exposing your skin to the atmosphere, which is what causes the dryness and irritation. By switching to a regular professional waxing regimen, you can avoid the damaging effects of shaving.
This year, prepare your skin for winter by starting your wellness regimen early. For affordable signature and ultrasonic facials, professional waxing services, and designer peels, schedule an appointment at your local LaVida Massage today!