By Antonia DePace | October 4, 2016 | Style & Beauty
One day it’s cold and rainy, the next it’s sunny and warm again. Boston’s falls are notoriously fickle, but what does that mean for your skin? We gathered advice from 6 local experts on how to safeguard your skin into fall.
“Change from fall to winter means the beginning of drier air, so I typically guide my clients to a change in texture. In the summer. most of us like to wear a little less on the skin, but that doesn't mean we need to pile it on in the fall. To keep the youthful glow going, adding a lightweight hydrating serum under makeup is key. Instead of a swipe of tinted moisturizer, clients may need a bit more coverage as we lose the summer tan. So a switch to a cream foundation stick or liquid foundation might be the trick. For Fall, I love La Mer Soft Creme & La Prairie's Rapid Response Serum. Both products leave the skin feeling hydrated and youthful, but are light enough for under makeup. Paired with Tom Ford's foundation stick or Ellis Faas Skin Veil, the skin is even and smooth without looking dry, with adjustable coverage."
“Exfoliating is essential to achieve a brightened complexion and it encourages our skin to produce fresh and more hydrated skin cells. A lesser-known fact about exfoliation is that it makes the rest of your skincare routine that much more effective by eliminating the barrier that can block your other products from absorbing properly. This step is crucial for your skin health! You can use a manual scrub, like Tammy Fender's Epi Peel, which I like to think of as a natural, at-home version of a microdermabrasion. If you don't have ultra sensitive skin, go for an option like Josh Rosebrook's Active Enzyme Exfoliator, which works in two ways to remove dead skin, by both enzymes that dissolve dead skin cells and walnut shell hulls that help to gently resurface. Serums and oils add an extra boost of nourishment that is absorbed immediately and layers beautifully underneath a protective cream. One of my favorites for this time of year is the Beauty Oil from RMS, which enriches the skin with organic rosehip seed oil and anti-inflammatory turmeric.”
“One of the most important things to pay attention to during the fall for your skin would be exfoliating. The beginning of the fall season is the perfect time to see your esthetician to reboot your skin after the summer months. Something as simple as a deep cleansing facial can really make a difference and prepare your skin for cooler months. A Hydrafacial treatment is an amazing way to rejuvenate and detoxify the skin as well and is one of our most popular treatments. We are also loving the Retexturizing Activator from Skinceuticals for smoothing and hydrating your skin.”
“As summer turns to fall we start to lose much of the humidity in the air, which can leave our skin feeling, and looking, dehydrated. Try adding a hyaluronic acid serum to your skin care routine to draw water molecules from the air and help them bind to your skin. I recommend Epicuren Moisture Surge. If you don’t already have a product in your skincare routine that contains Vitamin C and additional antioxidants, fall is a good time to add one to combat damage from excess sun exposure, and free radicals, that can peak during the summer months. Environ Antioxidant Defence Creme is a lightweight cream that can be used on it’s own, or mixed with your current moisturizer, to repair environmental damage.”
“It is important to hydrate from head to toe as well as maintaining a healthy and intact skin barrier (acid mantle) at all times. In the transition from summer to fall, humidity levels in the air decline resulting in a change in the skin's condition. Skin naturally starts to become drier. On top of that a lot of people continue to use their favorite gel/foam cleanser in the fall that they were using in the summer. Reduced skin barrier due to stripping gel/foam cleansers is associated with dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, erythema, itchiness, stinging, and rashes. In order to minimize and prevent these symptoms, I would recommend using an oil-based cleansing system containing avocado and/or jojoba oil. These oils have an affinity with our skin's oils which help to preserve a healthy skin barrier at all times. Also, remember: our skin doesn't stop on the face and neck. Treat the rest of the body the same way as the face.”
“It's all about preparing your skin for winter and getting rid of all the sun damage you just caused over the summer! You cannot reverse or really do much good for your skin without doing the right treatments before applying the right products. Never do the "heavy lifting" from home you will strip your PH balance and cause more damage by doing home exfoliations including scrubs. A great makeup trick is to put moisturizer on while still applying cream highlighter down your nose and along cheekbones for an all day glow. Sea buckthorn, rosehip, borage, and evening primrose are wonderful oils to look for in your products (and will find in mine).”