Elina Fedotova is the Founder and Chief Formulator for Elina Organics, which since 1998, has offered award-winning, sophisticated, organic formulations that naturally deliver clinical results.
Elina is also an award-Winning Cosmetic Chemist, Master and Celebrity Licensed Esthetician, and the President of the Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners, founded in 2007. She hand makes her professional skincare line in her laboratory, based in Michigan, in small batch production using holistic principles and organic ingredients from around the world. The Elina Organics product line is available online at www.ElinaOrganics.com , in skincare salons and medical offices.
Here are her Top 7 Fall Skincare Tips for Skin Rejuvenation:
- Fall Skin Transition: Now that Fall is here, and the sun is less intense, we can dive into skin rejuvenation! Your Fall skincare routine starts with erasing unwanted freckles and pigment spots leftover from the summer and booking more intense rejuvenating skincare treatments, including IPL (intense pulse light), micro-crystal infusions with spicules or micro-needling, photo-rejuvenating treatments with cold laser, and others. As the weather becomes colder, you gradually may need to introduce heavier creams and serums in your daily skincare routine with a higher percentage of skin-brightening ingredients like fruit acids, vitamins, and enzymes. Topical and internal use of powerful antioxidants is essential for restoring your skin from the damage (oxidative stress) caused by the summer sun. Ingredients like grape seed/skin extract (resveratrol), as well as extracts of rose hips, Aronia Berries and cranberries, and sea buckthorn oil which contains potent antioxidants. These antioxidants help not only reduce discolorations but also help to nourish and firm your skin.
- Enjoy masks from seasonal, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables! They have an excellent combination of skin-rejuvenating phytonutrients. For example, sun-damaged, sensitive, and inflamed skin will benefit from masks made from fresh mushrooms and compresses made with cabbage juice. Please take a couple of slices of the mushroom stem and use them like erasers, massage with pieces. It will gently exfoliate, brighten, and hydrate your skin. Mushrooms have hydrating and skin-brightening effects because they contain natural kojic acid and Vitamin B. Cabbage contains vitamin c, k, and other calming and purifying ingredients. If your skin feels dry from the colder temperature or excessive heat indoors, you will be able to calm and heal your skin by using simple cabbage leaves. I suggest you boil two large cabbage leaves; then, you can put them in a blender and mix them with one teaspoon of oat flour. Cabbage and oat have a lot of healing phytonutrients. Boil them for a couple of minutes and blend them all to create a soothing, healing, and hydrating mask.
- Like your diet, it is essential to adjust your skincare regimen based on the season. During the colder months, you may gravitate towards more prosperous and warming foods but prefer more cooling and light foods during the hot summer. Think about beauty products as food for your skin! Most people feel their skin is drier in the Fall and oilier in the Summer. In the colder months, use creams enriched with emollients such as shea butter and cocoa butter. These ingredients protect your skin from windburn and trans epidermal water loss from indoor heaters. If you use hydrating serums with hyaluronic acid, ensure it is sealed into your skin by following with a rich cream or balm before you go outside if it is cold out.
- Try this natural pigment spot eraser at home! If you have stubborn pigment spots from the summer months, take a piece of eggplant and rub the inside of it directly on the pigment/sunspots like an eraser. Doing this daily will lighten the areas, and they may eventually disappear. These magical powers are from the unique composition of antioxidants and other micronutrients of one of my favorite skincare vegetables!
- Often, the colder months bring drier skin to most of us. Dry skin could happen because of a lack of hydration or a lack of oils. Sometimes it could be both. You could boil a few medium-sized carrots and put them in a blender with a teaspoon of butter and two teaspoons of honey. Butter is a natural source of vitamin A. The carrots are a great source of beta keratin, a precursor to vitamin A. The butter is a fat that will help the vitamins go into the skin from the carrots. The carrots will also give a calming, healing, and nourishing effect on the skin while bringing a gentle sun-kissed glow to the skin. The honey will nourish and hydrate the skin with an endless list of skin nutrients, including even probiotics.
- The dryness and redness caused by rosacea can worsen in colder months. I recommend growing aloe vera plants in their homes for people with dry, sensitive skin prone to redness and rosacea. Aloe vera is very hardy and easy to care for, even if you do not have a green thumb! It will provide you with a clean, hydrating, soothing, and free facemask daily. Cut a piece of the leaf in half, open the leaf, and massage the gel onto your skin. I suggest applying for 5 minutes in the evening before going to sleep. Do not apply it before you go outside because the cold air can freeze the excess gel on your skin. Aloe vera benefits every complexion and will make your skin feel calm and hydrated.
- Essential oils have rejuvenating, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties, which are ideal for the upcoming flu season. One of my favorite essential oils is Boswellia Carterii Frankincense from Somalia. You can steam your skin and put a couple of drops in the steamer. If you do not have a steamer, put 3-5 drops in a bowl of hot water and keep your face over the steam. It helps to heal, calm, and rejuvenate your skin and is also beneficial to clear out your nasal passages during the flu season. You can also add ten drops of Frankincense with 1 oz of sunflower and almond oil on your feet and hands, which help to refresh and soften them if they are dry during the colder months.