Argyle and Lantana Living October 2015 by Rebecca Romanucci, RN
As we transition from Summer to Winter, we experience an express trip through Autumn. In Texas, we change from shorts to coats at the moment we hear of the first snow approaching. Like Spring, Autumn is a time for transition. It is especially important to prepare your sun damaged summer skin, for “winter is coming”.
Three Steps for Autumn Skin Care: Repair from Summer and Prepare for Winter
- Exfoliate. Your skin is constantly turning over new cells and that dead layer of skin needs to be removed with gentle exfoliation. I have patients that complain about how their moisturizer appears to be clumping on top of their skin. Applying more moisturizer is not the answer. You are not exfoliating enough. Obagi’s Exfoderm and Exfoderm Forte assists with deep, gentle, exfoliation. Sloughing off the dead skin cells, exposes the healthy skin cells which provides the ability for moisturizers as well as antioxidants to penetrate down into the deeper layers of the skin, protecting the skin from sun and environmental damage.
- Moisturize. Sealing in as much moisture as possible will provide your skin cells with a protected environment. In the past, moisturizers were heavy, greasy and laid on top of the skin. Now we have moisturizers which actually pull water from the environment and provide a blanket of moisture. Obagi Hydrate works like a sponge on top of the skin cell, providing a time released drink of water, without feeling greasy, or heavy.
- Repair and Protect: During the Summer months, you may have noticed darker brown spots on your skin. The gold standard for treating these hyperpigmented spots is hydroquinone. No matter the season, applying sunscreen is the number one way to protect your skin. Obagi Pro-C Suncare is by far my favorite and our best-selling sunscreen; broad-spectrum SPF 30 and also contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects against free radicals.
Keep your eyes open, or you will completely miss another incredible Texas Autumn. There is a precious Texas moment, just before all of the brown leaves clutter our lawns and the schools close for Thanksgiving, that the trees are full of deep red and bright yellow leaves and thousands of strange, screaming birds on their ‘fall break’ weekend visit before taking the last bit of humidity with them on their trip to Padre. Don’t blink!