Your One-Stop Autumn-Winter Skincare Guide From Paula’s Choice Founder, Paula Begoun

The Channel 46 got in touch with The Cosmetics Cop, American talk show radio host, author and businesswoman Paula Begoun, to discuss the smart skincare choices women can make during Autumn-Winter, because according to Paula’s Choice Skincare, keeping your skin healthy shouldn’t be a mystery!

1. Does one need a specific change in skincare routine with the change of seasons?

It is a myth that you have to change your skincare routine based on a change of seasons. The only time you ever need to change or add products to your skincare routine is when your skin type or skin concerns change and that can happen at any time of the year. For many people who are taking great care of their skin with well-formulated gentle products, being diligent about wearing sunscreen, and protecting their skin from pollution have strengthened their skin’s ability to maintain hydration, fight ageing, and have even skin tone all year long.

2. How can you hydrate & lock moisture based on your skin type?

The same ingredients are hydrating for all skin types such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerin, omega fatty acids, silicones, non-fragrant lightweight plant oils, and so on. Those ingredients never change because of your skin type rather what needs to be different is the texture of the product. Think about it this way, salads are a great way to eat healthily but some people like it with other vegetables mixed in or tofu or salmon or use a low-fat salad dressing or just a little balsamic vinegar. What matters is that you are eating healthy salad.

3. Is it necessary to continue using sunscreen?

If you want to have healthy, young, glowing skin you must wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater every day of your life, preferably from birth on. Research has shown that cumulative sun damage is not only responsible for premature ageing but it is now thought to be the trigger of other skin problems such as acne, rosacea, and sensitivity.

4. How can adding Vitamin C to your regimen help during the winter season?

Vitamin C is a very good skincare ingredient. When skin is balanced and hasn’t suffered cumulative sun and pollution damage it makes copious amounts of vitamin C, in fact, vitamin C is the most abundant natural antioxidant found in the skin. Unfortunately, because most people haven’t protected their skin from the sun and pollution, the skin can’t make enough vitamin C to be healthy. Giving skin back vitamin C helps restores the skin’s ability to ward off environmental assaults.

5. Can exfoliation damage skin? What’s a good weekly routine for exfoliation?

Exfoliation is a critically important step in skincare but only when you use the right type of gentle exfoliant. When you use a gentle leave-on exfoliant, the difference in the appearance and feel of your skin can improve overnight and continue improving. With consistent use, exfoliation will maintain the health and youthfulness of skin. But how you exfoliate is incredibly important because using the wrong exfoliant will end up hurting skin causing serious problems.