It’s fall which means the weather is changing and so will the needs of our skin. The end of summer often coincides with leftover breakouts from the summer heat, humidity, and extra layers of sun protection. Fall is the best time to work on repairing photo-damage and discoloration through deeper exfoliation. You don’t need to overhaul your whole routine, just a few subtle changes can make all the difference. Below is my guide to help you transition:
Cleanser: If you have normal to dry skin, start by switching to from a gel cleanser to a cream or cleansing balm version. If you have combination, oily or breakout prone skin and prefer a gel cleanser, try one with AHA’s which will gently exfoliate and begin to repair residual breakouts and hyper-pigmentation.
Vitamin C Serum: To further treat discoloration and brighten, add a vitamin C serum daily under your moisturizer and spf. Why vitamin C? It not only provides antioxidant protection but has the additional benefit of brightening the skin and its overall tone.
Retinol: If you cut back on using your retinol products during the summer now is the time to bring it back into rotation. Retinol will help improve discoloration, breakout activity and smooth the texture of your skin through its exfoliation benefits. It’s an essential and I recommend using it a few times a week at night. *Note, if you are pregnant or nursing be sure to check with your doctor before adding retinol into your routine as it is often not recommended.
SPF: One product that won’t change come fall is your using SPF. If you haven’t found one you like to wear daily I suggest asking for samples to help find one you will love. My two favorites (used on myself and on my clients at my skincare atelier) are from Josh Rosebrook and Luzern. Both are super lightweight, tinted and perfect for daily wear. (especially during the weekends when you may not want to apply makeup).
Peels: At my Skincare Atelier, I treat my clients with a series of peels in the fall and have them maintain the results with an individualized home care routine. If you are not able to see your esthetician regularly, I suggest trying an at-home peel once a week. Make sure to avoid over exfoliating by incorporating a cleansing brush, AHA, BHA, or Retinol product on the same day as your at-home peel. Over exfoliation can compromise your skin’s protective barrier creating sensitivity, redness and inflammation which ultimately can lead to premature skin aging.
As always, thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you back next month for my Fall to Winter guide.