If you’re anything like us here at Kat Burki Skincare, we can barely contain our excitement for pumpkin spice everything, crisp sweater weather, the upcoming holiday season, and delicious soups that nourish your mind, body, and soul. But, with the days getting shorter and the weather showcasing its cooler side, you may notice some not-so-great changes happening to your skin.
To get ahead of the seasons, KB is here to guide you through the importance of tweaking your skincare routine in winter and fall, along with tips from board-certified dermatologists and seasonal good-for-you foods.
For a Nourishing Skincare Routine in Winter and Fall, Remember These Seasonal Skin Changes
KB is passionate about keeping your skin microbiome healthy through replenishing formulas your skin (and you) will love. If you’re not sure what your skin microbiome is, here’s what you need to know: It’s a community of microorganisms (think bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that live on the surface of your skin; it plays a huge role in your skin’s health and protects from pathogens. Like fingerprints, everyone’s skin microbiome is unique and can be influenced by things like genetics, skincare products, and seasonal changes.
New York City-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner touches on the impact seasonal changes can have on your skin by saying, “Rapid fluctuations in weather can take its toll on our skin as it adjusts to the new environment. These things also cause your skin to have to work harder.”
For a balanced skincare routine in winter and fall, here are some seasonal skin changes to remember:
- Dry, Itchy Skin: You’re probably aware that winter and fall mean dry air. Unfortunately, dry air can strip your skin of its natural moisture, disrupting the balance of your microbiome. To hydrate and fortify, try our best-selling KB Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream that’s infused with our proprietary KB5™ Complex, reishi mushrooms, and more.
- Inflammation, Redness, and Irritation: Did you know the colder temps and lower humidity levels during winter and fall can cause skin sensitivity? This can manifest as things like inflammation, redness, and general irritation. Since KB is rooted in skin nutrition, the skin-gut connection is something we’re very passionate about. It’s important to look at your diet for inflammatory ingredients – processed food, trans fat, and alcohol, for example – in addition to your skincare products (think fragrance, alcohol, BHA, AHA). To kick inflammation to the curb, try our Power Trio Radiance Oil , and keep reading to learn about some seasonal anti-inflammatory foods to add to your diet.
Fall and Winter Skincare Tips by Dermatologists
Here are a few winter and fall skincare tips by dermatologists that’ll help you be prepared for everything the upcoming cozy seasons may throw at you:
- Dr. Shari Lipner recommends dialing back on your face-washing habits during winter and fall. She says to use a gentle cleanser in the evening and a simple splash of water in the morning, especially if you notice a tightness in your skin after you cleanse. The Vitamin C Nourishing Cleansing Balm will be your new fave; it’s powered by Vitamin C, which can brighten and protect your skin all year long.
- Dr. Shari Marchbein says that during winter and fall, try limiting your showers to no more than five minutes and avoid hot water because it can strip your skin of moisture, leaving you with a tired-looking skin. After you get out of the shower, she recommends using an ultra-hydrating cleanser and moisturizer pairing, like our fan favorite Vitamin C Cleansing Balm and Face Cream Duo.
How to Practice the KB Whole Nutrition Skincare Approach With Seasonal Good-For-You Foods
With the arrival of winter and fall comes seasonal foods that are equally delicious and healthy. Here at KB, our products are created with Whole Nutritional profiles in mind. This basically means that we formulate our products to feed and nourish your skin, similar to how a piece of fruit or veg (like the fall fave butternut squash) would provide your body with a range of nutrients that work better synergistically.
We know that the skin is your largest organ and a valiant protector, which is why our products are developed to mimic the nutritional profiles of good-for-you fruits and veg. After all, we know certain foods can enrich and fortify your body, gut, and skin. By embracing our exclusive Functional Skincare approach, you can replenish your skin from the inside out, no matter the season.
Some good-for-you foods to try in the upcoming colder months are:
- Cranberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that support a healthy immune system and skin microbiome. Delicious and beneficial, they’re also great for digestive health, and with the help of their vitamin C content, can support your production of collagen.
- Apples are a phenomenal source of fiber that’s known to promote gut health and regulate blood sugar, which all contribute to your skin’s health. They’re also rich in vitamin C and have a high water content that can help with the dry skin blues.
- Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidants, particularly punicalagins and anthocyanins, that can protect skin cells from damage and support your overall health. Also rich in vitamin C, they can improve your skin's hydration, reduce inflammation, promote gut health, and give you a smooth, radiant look.
- Carrots have an abundance of vitamin A, minerals, and antioxidants, making them another seasonal nutrient-dense powerhouse. The vitamin A in carrots is converted to retinol in your liver, which can boost your collagen production, protect against sun damage, and much more.
- Beets, like the other foods on this list, are nutrient-dense in things like vitamin C, potassium, iron, fiber, and betalains (AKA antioxidants). Because of this, they can protect you from cell damage, detoxify, soothe irritations, hydrate, and promote your all-around skin and gut health.
- Turnips are jam packed with essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber that can promote overall health (including your skin). They have an ultra-high water content for optimal skin hydration, along with fiber for gut health and clear skin. The calcium and potassium in turnips strengthen your bones, which supports skin vitality.