Fall Skin Care Tips with Chocolate
We just love fall, and when the weather starts to change we start to think of our skincare routine.
While we're just starting to experience much welcome cooler mornings in Southern California, we look forward to more mornings with hot cacao. Fall is the time of shedding things which have ended their cycle and reaping the bounties of what we have sown.
Our skin is going through a cycle like the rest of nature. During the fall, our skin is often shedding off some of the layers that were exposed to the vitamin D giving, but often damaging, sunshine. While you may have had a boost of UV, you may have also activated some of your skin's natural "defenses" against harmful UV lights including pesky skin discoloration and sun-spots.
We also change temperature and humidity in the fall, which causes drier skin, making it sensitive to irritants and prone to infections. What's more, fall often means Santa Ana winds for Southern California residents. The extra Santa Ana wind and accompanying airborne particles can leave your skin feeling sand-washed: itchy, tight, dry and even cracked. This combination of changes will send your skin reeling if you don't switch-up your skincare routine to match the seasons.
Add Antioxidants to Your Fall SkinCare Routine.
Adding antioxidants to your skincare routine helps your skin bounce back from the summertime sun. The hotter weather and blazing sun can cause sunspots, wrinkles, and decolorization. No one wants an uneven skin tone when they are jumping on zoom meetings, and antioxidants are a powerful partner in fighting back against sun-damage. Chocolate skincare products naturally contain a high level of antioxidants which help your skin tones appear more even and combat environmental stressors. Cacao butter is rich in antioxidant compounds that reduce oxidative stress to help fight signs of aging, scars, and skin inflammation like psoriasis or eczema. We also love seabuckthorn oil, a Himalayan plant that is naturally packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, amino acids and minerals; and which is often hailed for its anti-aging properties.
Add Oil-Based Products to your Fall SkinCare Routine.
While you might have opted for an oil-free routine in the summer to keep pores from getting clogged, the fall means you need to trap in more moisture. This is the time to add an oil-rich moisturizer back into your skincare routine to make sure you get enough moisturization to keep your skin hydrated and reduce irritation overall. Botanical ginkgo leaf is a natural antioxidant that helps boost hydration without a greasy finish. Jojoba oil is great for its ability to be quickly and fully absorbed so is extremely effective at transporting healing compounds into dermal layers where they can work their magic.
Get Water, Collagen & Electrolytes for Healthy Fall Skin.
Staying hydrated is always important for your skin, but as humidity drops the importance of keeping your internal and external systems hydrated are even more critical. If your thirst isn't satisfied on the inside, no amount of lathering will keep your skin dewy and supple. Did you know that chocolate is actually a powerful source of electrolytes and some people even recommend it to boost athletic performance? That's right, the macronutrients of sodium and potassium are plentiful in chocolate, and they're important electrolytes that are often added to your sports recovery drinks. Castor oil not only moisturizes, but it has fatty acids which help to boost collagen and elastin production. So, keep your water bottle topped off and add electrolytes, collagen, and antioxidants to your routine in order to support your skin-care system from the inside-out.
Keep Your Fall Skincare Routine Gentle.
Avoid harsh ingredients and keep things pure and gentle. Strong astringents and deep cleansing may do more harm than good right now, as your skin is trying to stay hydrated and keep you protected. The fall is a time to pamper your skin; not try to put it through boot camp. Take it easy and use natural products that aren't full of synthetic fragrances or chemicals so that the products are readily absorbable and friendly for your system. The beautiful thing about chocolate based skincare is that it naturally includes a dose of sun-protectant. We love calendula oil for its natural enzymes that gently treat skin-issues like eczema and psoriasis. We also embrace gentle, natural fragrances like Bulgarian rose oil and Palo Santo which aren’t just beautiful scents, but which also possess inflammation-fighting properties.
Where to Find the Fall Chocolate Skincare Goods.
Try one of our ChocoPaloma skincare products this fall and see how much adding chocolate based skin-care products can keep you looking and feeling your best.
- ChocoPaloma Sun Stick: daily moisturizer and light sunscreen with cacao butter, and gingko leaf.
- ChocoPaloma WonderBalm: universal balm for skin, hair, and facial hair with castor oil, calendula oil, thyme flowers, and Palo Santo.
- ChocoPaloma Chocolate Rose Body & Hair Oil: concentrated antioxidant rich oil suitable for skin or hair with cacao butter, seabuckthorn oil, jojoba oil, and rose oil from Bulgaria.
What are your favorite fall skincare routines? Tell us in the comments below!