Pumpkin Spice everything has made its way back onto social media feeds, which means fall is officially in full swing. Even with all the excitement of sweater weather, cooler temperatures and lower humidity means dry skin is also in store. It's the perfect time to start transitioning your summer skincare routine to ensure hydrated, dewy skin all the way to the New Year.
Here are five steps to seamlessly transition your skincare from summer to fall.
Switch your Exfoliation
Physical exfoliators are quick and easy ways to keep skin smooth in the warmer summer months. However, during cooler months, those same scrubs can cause microscopic tears in drier skin leading to uneven texture, flaky patches, and redness. Mix up your regular exfoliation routine by switching to a chemical AHA or BHA formulation instead. Start with a once a week application treatment to target fine lines, uneven skin texture, and sun damage. We love Blue Mercury’s PowerGlow Peel packed with Vitamin K and chamomile, and because it keeps inflammation and redness at bay.
Add in a Face Mist
We are firm believers that toners are essential to restoring skin’s pH after cleansing, removing dead skin cells, and helping prep skin to absorb all the benefits of serums and moisturizers. A year-round staple is our Pure White Rosewater Spray. The sole ingredient is rosewater which calms the skin, instantly increases hydration, and adds a nourishing dose of antioxidants and skin fortifying vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E.
Upgrade your Moisturizer
We’re all in love with luscious, whipped moisturizers for summer, however Fall calls for heavy hitters. Luckily new formulations don’t necessarily mean thick greasy creams. Try using a moisturizer made with ceramides, fatty acids that develop naturally in the skin, and maintain the protective barrier. Ceramide moisturizes help keep skin plump and moisturized. A fun tip is to add a few drops of our Luxury Face Oil in with your favorite moisturizer. We are loving Goopgenes All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream and our Natural Body Oil to maximize the skin-nourishing benefits of anti-aging oils like rosehip, sweet almond, and jojoba.
Treat and Restore
Not all hero skincare products are used daily. Masks are a great way to deliver concentrated ingredients and address skin concerns. The right face mask can minimize pores, even skin tone, and restore moisture levels, among other benefits. Our holy grail product pick is Tammy Fender’s Restorative Radiance Mask. Once a week wear this mask for 10 minutes, a few hours, or overnight to reap the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of Baobab and Lotus extracts.
Sunscreen is an afterthought for most of us, but it’s arguably one of the most important steps in any skincare routine. All that hard work of restoring moisture, and treating skin concerns will fail without shielding skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure. While there are fewer UV rays in the fall, they can still wreak havoc on our skin, amplifying the signs of aging including skin discoloration. Hynt Sun Prep is our go-to because it is truly natural, which is incredibly hard to find in today’s market. It's invisible and perfect for all skin types, includes aloe to increase skin hydration, and dries clear to create a perfectly primed canvas for gorgeous fall makeup.
When we talk about self-care these days, what comes to mind? Especially in 2020, more than ever, we want to find ways to make ourselves happy. Well, the amazing thing about “self-care” is that it doesn’t necessarily have to have an exact definition. Self-care is essentially, taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness. Whether that is taking a bath after a long day with one of our luxurious aromatherapy bath salts, cooking and watching a new movie, or reading the latest book from Oprah’s book list while lighting one of our luxury candles, self-care is all about doing what makes you happy. Acknowledge when you need a break from the chaos, close the laptop down, and restore your mind, body, and soul with these ways to indulge in self-care.
Meditate with Headspace
Headspace has become one of the best apps to come to the market and has certainly helped our 2020 experience in so many ways. Started by Andy Puddicombe, a sports science major turned Buddhist monk, Andy traveled all around the world for 10 years studying the importance of meditation. When he came back from his travels, his goal was to teach meditation and mindfulness to as many people as possible, and thus Headspace was born. With everything from guided meditations, articles, videos, and animations to help you sleep, meditate, relax, and breathe easier, this app is a must-have in our self-care routine, 2020 aside. We suggest trying the app before going about your day. Wake up, stretch a little, and light our Luxury candle, we guarantee you’ll be breathing in positivity and exhaling out negativity for rest of your day.
Draw a Bath
After a long day at work, whether you’re in the office or working from home, taking a bath can be the ultimate stress reliever. Draw a warm bath, add our Lavender Aromatherapy Bath Salts, and light our Siena Hand Poured Soy Candle to set the mood. We love this year-round staple candle for its soft citrus scent of blood orange and champagne, because it’s soothing and uplifting. We like to add either a book or one of our guilty pleasure magazines, some soothing music (try the new Sam Smith or Aloe Blacc albums) and top it off with a nice glass of wine. Dim the lights, and you have yourself the ultimate spa-like self-care experience, in the comfort of your own home.
Bake a Fall Treat
The best thing about fall is the scent of crisp leaves, pumpkin pie, and apples in any variety makes us so happy (and hungry!). That’s why whenever fall hits, we love to get baking. Cooking is actually an incredible stress reliever, and who doesn't love seeing the product of their hard work and then getting to eat it? We like to get in the mood by first taking a shower with our yummy Harvest Pumpkin Duo. This scrub and butter are not only made of pumpkin, but also incorporates ground walnuts for exfoliation and cinnamon, to leave you smelling oh so fall-like and feeling truly buttery. Next, choose a comfy robe or pjs to snuggle into, and head to the kitchen! We found the most delicious fall dessert recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting . Not only do you smell delicious, but you get to eat deliciousness too! Finish off this perfect fall self-care night with a fall-themed movie. We suggest “When Harry Met Sally”, but we’ll have whatever you're having.
After having an allergic reaction to propylene glycol (a preservative often found in skincare and cosmetic lines), Nikki Powers made the decision to switch to clean products.
Unfortunately, she struggled to find products without propylene glycol— even natural skincare lines include derivative called propanediol.
So, to nurture her own skin back to health, Nikki founded Nourish & Refine— a small line of all-natural, luxury organic skincare and conscious wellness products intended to 'nourish and refine' both the body and the mind.
A long time practitioner and teacher of yoga, Nikki studies the ancient practice of Ayurveda— the science of self-healing and self-care. It is in this spirit that she shares her own self-care practices and the benefits of all-natural products through Nourish & Refine.
Nourish & Refine products are made with care, by hand, in Nikki's home studio in Old Town Alexandria.