Welcome to Autumn!

September 30, 2020

With the cooler weather and shifting environment creeping in, we all need to make corresponding changes to our skincare regime. The dry air and cooler temps can cause irritation and accelerated aging, but I have some Fall transitional skincare tips that are aimed at sustenance and prevention.


Set up a facial or consultation with your esthetician


In cooler months, our transitioning skin requires the assistance of specialized products. Skincare goal and needs may shift with each season; for example, while you would avoid a retinol serum in the Summer months due to photosensitivity, now is the time to benefit from this wonderful product. As skin therapists, we study the science of skin therapy, customizing our recommendations to your skin’s specific needs - targeting the areas that need it most and ensuring proper product selection and application.  


Recalibrate your skincare services with your esthetician


Communication is key!  It’s always best to lay out your goals so your esthetician can help develop the best treatments for your specific skin needs. For example, this time of year I love Glycol Ala treatments; this is a service that is light-activated with LED red light, so I do not recommend it in the Summer months.  However, it works on photo-damage, skin texture, and laxity - all great benefits this time of year. 


Add an oil over your serum and moisturizer for added protection


When in the elements and overnight, this application will provide added nourishment. As always, I recommend using both a water-based serum and water-based moisturizer on the skin for hydration, but this time of year you may need a little additional assistance combating the dryness in the air. By adding a little oil over your serum and moisturizer, you will shield the skin from the effects of harmful environmental influences. As the air becomes dryer, it can rob our skin of moisture; the oil will act as a barrier and protect from wind when you are out in the elements. I love the Rosehip oil from Dermaviduals, which can be used all over the face, neck, and décolleté. 


Drink more water and add in more essential fatty acids (EFA’s)


Drinking enough water helps not only your skin but your overall health and immune system. Water helps flush toxins out of your cells. Taking EFA’s internally with improve your skin’s barrier function, reduce inflammation, and keep the skin healthy and plump during the Winter months. Many skin issues are a result in the lack of, (or not enough) EFA’s in our diets. 


Add in an eye cream! 


The skin around your eye area is the thinnest in your body, but did you also know your eye muscles are your most active muscles. This is why around our eyes and lips are the first areas of the body to show the signs of aging. Eye creams and gels are created to hydrate and minimize fine lines. Pro tip: I always tell my clients to apply their eye products around the bone of the eye and around the lip area. It is important to ensure products are not applied too close to the eye area, because the skin is delicate. Irritation from eye products is usually due to the application being too close to this fragile area.  Also, I always look for peptides in my eye products, ensuring the immediate benefit of softened lines. I adore the BIofixine eye from Biologique Recherche; this eye cream smooths, relaxes, and reduces wrinkles around the eye and lips.