It’s fall. Time to bring on the drama. We’re talking dramatic clothing, dramatic makeup, dramatic changes in the weather, not to mention the return of all your favorite television dramas. Say “goodbye” to the pastels and neons of adolescent summer fantasies and move on the mature jewel tones and dark liner of the holiday season. Bid farewell to the strappy sandals of the warm weather and say, “hello” to the over the knee boot. Say “au revoir” to binge-watching Season 3 of “VEEP” and “bonjour” to the new season of “Empire.”
While you are relegating the summer products, clothing and TV shows to the backs of the movie cues, closets, cabinets, garbage, etc, your thoughts may settle on your skincare products. “Obviously,” you may think, “the return of fall means the return of cooler weather, and with cooler weather, comes drier skin, correct? Time to reinvest in some new moisturizers.”
Well, before you get ready to start discarding those summer beauty products, listen to how the experts weigh in. According to Bryan Barron, co- author of “The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here,” “Some people might need to change their skincare routine seasonally, some may not. Going from summer to fall weather can cause a dramatic change in skin or no change at all.”
How Do I Know If I Need To Change My Skincare Routine?
Barron advises that you look for changes in your skin. You may notice skin is drier and flakier or feels tight after cleansing. You may find that the skin around the eyes is drier than it was in the summer. If these signs are familiar to you, “For daytime, you may need to switch to a more emollient, creamy SPF formula. For night, you may also need a richer cream, rather than a lotion or gel. Or you can try one of the new facial oils as a boost to the moisturizer you’ve used all spring and summer.”
Another thing you may want to hold on to is your cleansing routine. Skin therapists say that washing your skin is one of the most important things you can do for your face and advises that it be done morning and night, unfailingly. If your skin is normal to oily, try a wash with a foamy light texture; if skin is dry and sensitive use a milk or cream based cleanser.
Toss that lip balm from the beach bag into the leather, your new fall lipstick is going to be nearly impossible to apply on chapped lips. Look for something that hydrates and protects for the cooler weather. For best results, apply the balm right after showering and right before getting into bed, so you’ll wake up with plumped lips and stay that way throughout the day.
Don’t bin the sunscreen! Less sunlight doesn’t mean skin is safe. According to Toronto dermatologist, Dr. Lisa Kellett, skin cancer the most prevalent type of cancer, and the number of those affected is growing. In addition to cancer, the sun is responsible for causing wrinkles, sagging skin, brown spots, and spider veins. Kellett advises staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p. m., when the rays are strongest, and applying sunscreen with an SPF of 30 every day to your face neck and hands. Warns Kellett, “If you can see daylight, skin is being damaged.”
Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C is known for its UV protection, but just because the sun isn’t quite as bright doesn’t mean we are safe from free radicals. Dr. Zein Obagi, MD and Beverly Hills dermatologist, recommends that no beauty cabinet should be without some serious Vitamin C serum at any time of year. This antioxidant also stimulates collagen production and repairs the skin’s moisture barrier to hold in hydration, and, with the weather getting cooler and skin getting drier, It will be just what the dermatologist ordered. Obagi suggests that when purchasing your Vitamin C serum, look for something in an airtight container or pump. Vitamin C is not stable and is will be less powerful if it is exposed to air. Look for ascorbic or L-ascorbic acid on the label and, for an extra bonus check that the product contains Vitamin A or E; these will increase the impact of the Vitamin C on your skin.