Autumn is officially here and with that comes new fashion trends, accessories, and beauty hacks to incorporate into your daily routine. As temperatures continue to drop and the air becomes drier, our skin is at its most vulnerable state. And because the effects of both fall and winter are more visibly pronounced on darker skin tones, it’s important for us to take extra precaution in protecting our skin in the changing seasons.
If you enjoy a little TLC with your beauty regimen then you'll love a few of our flawless beauty tips that will have your skin feeling refreshed as the weather continues to shift.
Depending on what your skin is telling you, you may want to increase or decrease how often you do each of these steps each week. If you find that you’re a person who is affected by the changes in weather, watching the forecast and planning your routine around those changes could offer the best results.
Hair, Skin, and Nails
Many times when we try a new beauty routine we don't take into account other underlying factors that may be prohibiting us to flourish. When heading into the colder months, one of the best ways to protect your hair is to maintain the health of the skin from which it grows – the scalp.
In order to treat common fall-like scalp problems such as drying, flaking, or itching, is to apply a deep cleansing treatment to the scalp and ends of your hair. Oftentimes, we tend to pay attention to the hair, but adding extra attention to the scalp will leave you with smooth tresses well into the new year.
Unsure of which products to use for dry or itchy scalp? Try using products that have a higher concentration of water and natural oil based (not petroleum) ingredients. Consult with your local beautician for further details on stimulated hair growth and moisture retention methods.
Cleansers and Daily Moisturizers
Simply washing your face with generic soap may have been a go-to in the past, but in most recent studies using the correct cleanser when getting rid of sweat, dirt, and oils has proved to be worth the extra bucks for women of color.
If you suffer from oily skin, using products with AHA and glycolic acid will leave your skin feeling oil-free without any harsh drying or irritation.
Here are some skin cleaners to add to your weekly skin care routine.
Because we tend to sweat more in the summer, it’s best if the moisturizer you use has a lighter base so it doesn’t clog pores. In the fall, we’re transitioning into colder windy days, using heaters to stay warm, and there will be less water in the air—all of which sucks hydration out of our skin leaving behind a dry, flaky surface, you'll be glad that you have moisturizer on hand for when this occurs.
There have been mixed reviews about whether or not we should be exfoliating our skin during the colder months. Many people believe that exfoliating in the winter will cause excessive dryness or damage the skin, but that is not true.
Contrary to popular belief, exfoliating the skin is one of the best ways to minimize the appearance of dark spots and smooth out skin tone. Since we’re entering into a time of year where the skin is creating less oil and can be irritated by environmental factors such as wind, rain, and changing temperatures, you want to pay close attention to when your skin is looking a dull and in need of a scrub.
What are some of your go-to skin care products to use?
Comment below and follow us on Instagram by using the hashtag #BUnleashed for a chance to be featured on our page!