With the right amount of SPF and sun exposure, your redhead skin has probably been spoiled this summer. The warmth in the air has probably left your lips moist and your skin with a glow. But, sadly enough, those days are coming to an end. The cold air will suddenly sweep in and you need to be prepared.
“Women who are fair-skinned, like redheads, generally have more sensitivity to the sun, tend to have drier skin, and also have more issues with allergies, than those with darker skin types,” says Beth. “Throughout the summer you’ve probably been slathering on the sunblock (hopefully!) and your skin has probably been happier with the humidity. But we will soon be reminded that dryer weather is imminent.”
Here are Beth’s top 4 tips for changing up your skincare routine to transition from summer to fall:
Tip 1: Boost the emollients!
“Cold weather leads to drier skin. Use a richer moisturizer in the colder months, and add in a night cream. The skin repairs itself at night while you sleep. Adding in a moisturizer can help this process along. Skin care companies have spent a lot of time studying skin and skin repair. What they have learned is that: skin renewal increases at night, blow flood (which helps with repair) is lower at night, and skin ph is more acidic during sleep. So a moisturizer that compliments these issues can help enhance skin radiance, texture and hydration.”
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“Don’t forget about your eyes! Neocutis Lumiere Riche is a great eye cream that has growth factors as well, and can help hydrate the sensitive skin around eyes day and night, also reducing the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.”
Tip 2: Use products with antioxidants or growth factors.
“We want to fight any sun damage caused over the summer. Look for products that contain vitamin E, green tea extract, and/or L-ascorbic Acid, which is a form of vitamin C that penetrates deeply into the skin. Antioxidants, which help neutralize free radicals, can help speed up the skin’s natural repair process and inhibit further damage.”
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Tip 3: Zinc oxide!
It’s true: 90% of your wrinkles come from the sun.
Even though summer may be coming to an end, continue to use a SPF 30 product daily.
“Don’t forget about sunblock just because it’s not 100 degrees outside. When purchasing a quality sunscreen, look for one with at least five percent of zinc oxide. Zinc oxide creates a physical barrier between your skin and the sun and is not absorbed into the skin (like other chemical sunscreens), but rather acts in such a way as to reflect the sunlight away from your skin. It protects against both UVA and UVB (ultraviolet rays), and because it is not absorbed into the skin, zinc oxide is non-irritating and non-allergenic. It also adheres well to the skin, making it less likely to seep into your eyes and give you that terrible burning sensation.”
Tip 4: Pump up the hydration!
“We hear it all the time: drink lots of water. Hydration is crucial to skin repair and appearance. When you are dehydrated your skin will appear more wrinkled. Proper hydration ensures your skin looks plumper and smoother. Drinking water also helps maintain the right balance of all your body’s fluids and helps rid the body of toxins – all this leads to skin repair, health and helping you look rested and radiant!”
At the end of the day, don’t go by what the directions say, listen to what your body and sensitive skin is saying; seasonal changes can make the skin more sensitive.
Rock it like a Redhead!