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Changing your cleanser is always my first recommendation when it comes to creating an effective fall skincare routine. You see, in the summer, certain gel/foaming cleansers are great for using both morning and night. However, these cleansers may be too harsh once temperatures drop and less oil is being produced.
So many people overlook the use of toners. They think toners are simply not necessary, believing they don't provide any real benefits to the skin, when in reality, they provide major benefits to the skin. If you're not already using one, fall is a great time to start. That's because the air is getting cooler but it's not very dry yet, so your skin is likely in need of extra hydration. Using a toner is the perfect way to give your skin that extra hydration.
A lightweight moisturizer is enough for most skin types throughout the summer. However, when the weather begins to change, and temperatures drop, consider using something a little heavier to prevent moisture loss. If you're using a gel moisturizer, consider switching to a lotion. Finally, if you're already using a cream, consider switching to something with a thicker consistency and ingredients like ceramides or lipid-rich oils.
The next fall skincare tip may come as a surprise, but fall is a season during which a tremendous amount of UV damage is incurred. We often think that when the temperatures are dropping, the sun isn't as harmful, but this is FALSE. While UVB rays (the ones responsible for suntans and sunburns ) are not as strong, UVA rays (the one responsible for skin cancer and premature skin aging) are just as strong as they are in the summer months. That explains why sun protection is a year-round job, so be sure to apply sunscreen to your face, neck and any exposed chest area EVERY SINGLE DAY!
I recommend using retinol year round if you can. However, if you took a break from it during the summer, it's time to re-incorporate it into your skincare routine again. Whether it's non-prescription retinol or a prescription based retinoid, it can help reduce the appearance of brown spots caused by the summer sun, as well as lines and wrinkles. I personally use my retinol serum faithfully. Before you start using retinol make sure to get directions from Angela on its proper use. Sensitive to retinol? Ask about Bakuchiol when you're in the spa for your next facial.
Certain skin types are prone to increased sensitivity in the summer from heat, chlorine, and sun exposure. These skin types should exfoliate minimally during this time to heal and avoid unwanted irritation. Come fall, however, exfoliation is imperative to brighten the complexion and help reduce the appearance of discoloration brought out by the summer sun and heat.
There's one more thing I want to mention! Exfoliating is essential for helping to reduce breakout activity (accept for clients with cystic acne). It does so by removing dead skin cells that are trapped by oil. It can also encourage cellular turnover, replacing dull, tired-looking cells with fresher, plumper ones.
Water-based gel masks hydrate the skin, which means they're best for oily, breakout-prone skin types that are in need of water but no additional oil. Also, because of their naturally cool temperature, they're ideal for soothing sensitivity and redness. When it comes to a fall skincare routine, consider switching to a cream mask if you experience dryness. These types of masks contain moisturizing oils that can plump up normal to dry skin types.
Regardless of the season, the skin (like the body) is constantly adapting to internal and external changes. It's important to be attentive to your skin, so you can recognize when it's not getting what it needs. Tightness, dryness, increased breakout activity, and sensitivity are all signs that your current routine isn't working and an adjustment is in order. You always want to work with Mother Nature and never against her. So when skin problems arise, make sure you're using products that are formulated to address your specific needs!
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