Back to work or back to school, for the last few weeks our rhythm has been disrupted with an aftertaste of “commute, work, sleep” as we say in French. In addition, we’ve had to change our wardrobes, go back to a sedentary state for some people or on the contrary, a more sustained one for others… Including the seasonal transition and as usual, the drop in temperatures, shorter days and other weather whims. The consequences can be multiple for the organism, that are manifesting on a physical level. The sensation of heavy legs, damaged feet and hands, but also the skin that tightens, dries out, sometimes with the appearance of redness.
To counter hormonal upheavals, it is the right time to adopt 5 valuable reflexes for a smooth acclimatisation of the skin. The opportunity to get the most out of this off-season period and come out of it pleasantly surprised.
#1: Favouring a mild cleanser
To maintain the skin’s natural hydrolipidic film, we rely on smooth, moisturising cleansers, especially during seasonal transition periods. The main goal: not to dry the skin by eliminating all the oil and impurities accumulated during the day by make-up, sweat or pollution. This will allow the skin to regenerate itself naturally. It is therefore recommended to remove make-up as soon as possible when returning at home since the epidermis cells function according to a circadian rhythm, regulated by daylight and influencing the repair mechanisms which start as soon as nightfall.
Mountain savory: a perennial plant from the South of France, harvested for its leaves and flowering tops. A notorious condiment of Provençale cuisine, savory’s benefits on the skin are recognised and its use in natural cosmetics is becoming increasingly widespread for its powerful anti-infectious properties. The moutain savory rebalances the production of sebum while preserving it so it retains all its protective effects. This plant enables the reduction of imperfections and the excessive accumulation of dead cells on the surface of the skin while tightening pores.
#2: Exfoliating to renew yourself
A dry skin scpecifically suffers from a bad natural exfoliation. Therefore we quickly adopt the elimination of dead cells accumulated on the surface for deep cleansing, thus optimising the reactivation of blood microcirculation and oxygenation of the cells. Following treatments will be better absorbed. It is recommended to exfoliate the facial skin twice a month with gentle gestures to revive its radiance.
Regular body scrubs are also beneficial, especially for people with the sensation of heavy legs. By exfoliating from bottom to top with toning circular movements that will have an instant energising effect, you will get back to work with more lightness.
#3: Opting for a lusher care
The ultimate key to maintaining a healthy skin is through moisturization, a care that should be adopted in the morning as well as the evening. We rely on lusher, more nourishing compositions during the cold months to preserve the skin’s natural moisture and guarantee its glow. It will also prevent it from drying and ageing. For a maximised result, it is advised to apply the moisturising product directly after getting out the shower or bath, on the face and body with slow massages, keeping the room closed to preserve the steam.
#4: Focusing on the eye contour
As the sensitive area “par excellence” with a low concentration of collagen, the eye contour is composed of a skin that is thinner than the rest of the face due to its mobility (blinking, frowning…). During the cold season, it is imperative to pay more attention to the eye contour area to decongest and rehydrate it properly. In addition to the previous steps, we adopt a specific care for the needs of this part, massaging it gently and in a circular manner from the inside to the outside of the eye, both on the upper and lower eyelids.
#5: Treating yourself healthily
Magnesium, vitamins, omegas and superfoods are at the heart of the recommendations for boosting the immune system and to take care of our skin, since good skin reflects good health. An emphasis should be made on the essential fatty acids contained in walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds. The Fall period is also the ideal one to start a small “detox” and get rid of the little summer excesses, as the skin’s essential function is to eliminate the toxins impregnated in the body.
But what about arousing the taste buds? Mushrooms, spinach, artichokes, figs and quinces, the transition to Autumn provides a wide variety of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, fibres and minerals. It’s a great way to get back into the swing of things and bring out the current appetizing and comforting recipes to fill up on the right nutrients.