Master Seasonal Skincare with a Summer to Fall Regimen
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As the weather cools down and dry, cracked skin becomes common, I want you to know that your summer glow does not need to vanish. The change of seasons can potentially have an adverse affect on your skin so it is important to transition your summer skincare regimen to a fall one. Some simple steps like hydration, exfoliation, and SPF can ensure a radiant appearance.
Increase Skin Hydration
Cold weather and continuous heating in your home or office, coupled with soothing hotter showers or baths can severely dry out your skin. As we transition into autumn, you must adjust your skincare routine and preferred products to elevate your hydration efforts—shower temperature included. This advice goes for everyone - even if you have oily or acne-prone skin. Oily skin can still be dry (see below for further explanation), especially if you use over-the-counter (OTC) acne products that can often strip your skin of moisture.
Hydrating Recommendations for Oily or Acne-Prone Skin
Contrary to popular belief, the less moisture oily or acne-prone skin receives, the more oil it can produce because your skin can sense it is dry and thus responds by increasing sebaceous gland activity even further. To properly hydrate oily or acne-prone skin on the face, I recommend being judicious in your product selection.
If your oil production and acne is mild to moderate, I recommend Avene's TriAcneal DAY Mattifying and NIGHT Smoothing Lotion formulas. If your oil production and acne is moderate to severe, and if you are experiencing very dry skin because you are on Isotretinoin (Accutane), opt for the Avene's Clean-AC Cleansing and Soothing Cream.
Hydrating Recommendations for Dry Skin
If you have baseline dry skin, it is especially important to increase hydration in cooler temperatures. Face wash options include Environ Pre-Cleansing Oil and Clay Masque, especially at night to ensure complete removal of the day's makeup. The iS Clinical Cream Cleanser and Sheald Recovery Balm are also top picks to help support your skin’s natural function while soothing and replenishing dry or sensitive areas.
If you are looking for hydration and age defying, consider SkinCeutical's Triple Lipid Restore is a moisture-rich formula that can refill cellular lipids and nourish dry skin. I also love Biopelle's Advanced Repair Cream and ISDIN's AGE Contour Cream. One of our top sellers due to its high level growth factors is the Biopelle Tensage Intensive Serum 40. This serum not only reduces the downtime from procedures like microneedling, lasers, and chemical peels, but it significantly boosts moisture levels, and helps set the stage for healthy collagen, and elastin for a more youthful, hydrated appearance.
Hydrating Solutions for Lip Care
Don’t forget about hydrating your lips! Cold temperatures can cause lips to become flaky and cracked. The Bioderma Atoderm Lip Balm is an intense burst of moisture that you can count on to keep your lips nourished as the season changes. Regardless of which product you choose, reapplication multiple times a day is key.
Hydrating Recommendations for the Body
To keep your body hydrated, be sure you are only using lukewarm water when cleansing. Whether shower or bath I personally love the Bioderma Cleansing Oil to gently cleanse away dirt and oil while also providing instant hydration. When finished, I blot my skin dry with a towel (for you want your skin to remain damp) and immediately apply a luxurious body moisturizer for optimal skin hydration. The ultra-nourishing body balm, Bioderma Soothing Balm, is my favorite to maintain baby soft skin regardless of the temperatures. Follow it up with the Glytone Ultra Softening Heel and Elbow Cream to soften and smooth rough or dry skin on your elbows and heels.
For a deeper body treatment, consider microneedling. I use the Environ Microneedling Body Roll-CIT once daily to improve my skin’s texture and elasticity, and prime it for ultra-hydrating products. I follow up with the Environ Derma-Lac Lotion, which contains lactic acid, urea and ammonium lactate for optimal gentle sloughing of dead skin cells and radiance. Then, I add the Environ Vitamin A, C & E Body Oil Forte as a light-weight method of providing nourishment to dry thirsty skin.
Keep your Hair and Scalp Healthy
To keep your hair and scalp hydrated in cooler temperatures, again, steer clear of super hot showers. Hot water can make your scalp dry and itchy, as well as your hair brittle and more prone to breakage. Instead, wash it in lukewarm water and rinse with cooler water. The Revitalash Thickening Shampoo and matching Revitalash Thickening Conditioner are great formulas to help nourish and hydrate your scalp and hair while protecting and fighting to maintain your hair's coveted thickness and volume.
With dryness comes flakiness, so it is important to exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation uses a chemical or physical agent to buff away dead skin cells, revealing healthier glowing skin. Some of my favorites include, iS Clinical Tri-Active Mask which is powered by papaya enzymes and eco-friendly microbeads, use once to twice a week mask that not only exfoliates, but also helps to reduce the appearance of pores for a smoother looking texture. The Defenage 2-Minute Reveal Masque, which uses ultrafine Sugar Crystals and Triple Enzyme Technology smoothing the skin in just two minutes by removing dull, unwanted cells.
Sun Protection is Necessary Year-Round
You must protect your skin year-round with a trusted sunscreen. Even when the weather is cooler or the sky appears to be overcast, there are always UV rays present. My favorite sunscreen for the face is by ISDIN as it contains DNA repair enzymes to further help protect against skin cancers. I like to combine the Tinted ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless and the Non-Tinted ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica formulas to custom create the exact shade I want, but always stick to non-tinted on my neck so no color is ever transferred to white collars.
You can read all of my sunscreen preferences here.
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