Celebrity esthetician Elina Fedotova, founder of Elina Organics, offers her top 8 tips for properly caring for your skin this Fall & Winter, sharing everything from how to naturally seal in moisture with waxes to picking the best protein rich, herbal facials. Elina is also available for other interviews on ingredients, services and additional skin related topics. Thank you for considering her!
8 Skincare Tips for Fall & Winter from Celebrity Esthetician Elina Fedotova
As the weather and seasons start to transition, cooler temperatures also signal another important change. It’s time to adjust your skincare regimen and protect your skin differently during the Fall and Winter months. Elina Fedotova, celebrity esthetician and owner of Elina Organics Spas and Skincare, offers her top 8 tips for how to properly care for your skin, sharing everything from how to naturally seal in moisture to picking the best facial services to try.
1. Change Your Skincare Products
I firmly believe that we should not use the exact same skin care products continuously for a long time, no matter what the climate zone is that we live in. In two or three months, your skin can become acclimated to a particular formula and you will start becoming immune to it. In other words, you will notice the effectiveness of the product less and less. To avoid this problem, we sometimes need to change our skin routine.
I seasonally adjust every formula for my clients using only fresh botanicals. The effects of the formulations will stay the same whether it is to fight wrinkles, heal acne, or reduce irregular pigmentation, etc. The active ingredients in my products will remain the same, but the composition will vary just enough to keep your skin responsive and gain the best possible results.
2. Choose Emollients
Another reason to swap out your face creams is due to seasonal weather changes. Your skin care products should be more emollient in the winter and lighter in the summer in order to compensate for the effects of seasonal weather changes. In the northern states when winter could be harsh, our skin is at a higher risk of becoming over dried from intense winds outside and dry heat indoors. The blood vessels in your face and hands also become fragile from drastic temperature changes, as well. This is why we need to definitely use moisturizers with more emollience like shea butter, castor oil, avocado oil, etc.
3. Don’t Be Scared of Waxes
Plant and animal-based ingredients as well as bees wax and other natural waxes help to create a protective film over the skin which helps to prevent transdermal water loss and seal moisture in. You can also consider the same approach for the drier climate areas like in the desert or high in the mountains. In those climates, we have to prevent moisture evaporation from your skin.
4. Create a Special Routine for Travel
Do not forget to change your regimen when you travel. If you are flying in the middle of January from Michigan to Florida for vacation, stop using your heavy day cream because you may experience oily shine and even a few breakouts. If you have a normal to oily prone complexion when in warm climates with high humidity, your skin may do the best with the use of only treatment serums and sunscreen.
5. Incorporate Skin Polishing Services
It is sad to say goodbye to the beautiful summer. But on the bright side, we are getting into the seasons when we can really focus on deep skin rejuvenating procedures. In the summer time, we have to be careful and try to avoid services like photo facials because these types of services make us more photo sensitive. The winter season is the perfect time to say goodbye to your freckles and hyperpigmentation, little wrinkles and anything related to sun damage. We can actively start requesting services that use natural acid and enzyme peels, microdermabrasion, and other skin polishing procedures. We can also start to actively do photo rejuvenation. If you are coming for hydra facials, make sure that your skin is really protected with heavier creams enriched with oils and butters. As you know, if you expose really wet skin to the harsh winds, you can get frost bite. So, be careful in the winter with hydra facials and toners and use a heavier moisturizer before you go outside. It is also a great time for more intense procedures like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and Dermapen treatments
6. Try Herbal, Protein Rich Facials
I suggest doing facials that contain masks with a high concentration of proteins and phospholipids to support the skins protective barrier. Facials with the use of honey and natural fruit acids will brighten, hydrate, and heal the skin after being wind burned. During the winter months, our skin usually looks pale and dull. To bring more natural color to the skin, you can do procedures with intense manual massage like Gua Sha stone massage, EMF, or microcurrent. This will increase circulation and will bring color and tone to your face. I wouldn’t suggest Cryo facials if you live in the colder states, I would take advantage of herbal facials with organic botanicals and warm compresses and skin nourishing masks made with whole plant ingredients.
7. Plug-In Your Humidifier
If you are sitting in the office or in your home with a heater, use a humidifier to prevent your skin from becoming very dry.
8. Shower Smarter
Sometimes in the cold months, we feel achy so many people love to take long hot showers in the morning or take a bath and that is very understandable. However, you need to remember that those long hot showers can lead to over drying your skin, especially in the winter. I do not suggest doing this on a regular basis. Instead of soap, you can use an oil-based sugar or sea salt scrub on the body. Also, you can use butter based polishing masks preferably with probiotics because it will help your skin’s microbiome which is essentially important for protective functions on your skin.