This morning, Southern California residents woke up to the most beautiful sound in the world: falling rain. No, strike that. POURING rain! While it’s still warm, and actually quite humid (something we aren’t used to), the rain is a welcome and sorely needed element in our drought stricken state.
And, even though it’s September, which is still summer for us, it’s time to start thinking about a fall skincare transition. I know when I think about transitioning to fall, it usually means sweaters and cozy layers. We often forget to change up our skincare routine when the seasons change, and that can result in some severe skin changes in the dead of winter. If you start now, you can keep that clear summer skin well into Chapstick weather. Here are some of the things that save my skin this time of year:
- I start my mornings at the gym, and after a good sweat session, I wash with Kiehl’s Clanedula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash. I have oily skin, and this gets the sweat out of my pores so I can start my beauty routine with a clean, fresh face.
- I haven’t always been a morning serum person, but I tried a sample of Clarins Double Serum Age Control Concentrate, and have been hooked ever since. It’s important to pat this on, not smear. And while it feels a little sticky at first, it dries fast and has helped fade some of my teenage sun-worshipping spots that are showing up now, and it has evened out my skin tone considerably.
- A little dab of eye cream is essential in the morning once you are past 40. That’s where I see most of my wrinkles. I’m not married to any morning eye cream right now, and have been trying several different brands. Right now I’m using this Boot’s No. 7 Eye Serum, and it does the job. If you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments!
- Sunscreen! Always. Everyday. Rain or shine. This is my non-negotiable skincare rule. I love this Clarins Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50, and have been using it for years. Don’t forget your neck and chest area – they are often forgotten, and will show signs of age just as much as your face. Note: if I wear makeup, I usually go with a tinted moisturizer, which has SPF in it. In that event, I forgo this sunscreen layer so I don’t feel too oily. In that case, don’t forget regular sunscreen for your neck and chest!
Evening Routine (a little more in depth!):
- I use my Clarisonic almost everyday, usually with this Peter Thomas Roth cleanser. I love it. It removes make up, deep cleans my skin without stripping it, and paves the way for better absorption of product. I battle hormonal skin breakouts, and this really helps keep my skin clear. (another tip for clear skin: keep your hands off your face!)
- A good skin cleansing is followed by toner. I constantly try different toners, but frequently come back to this Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner. Don’t be put off by the acid – it’s a very gentle exfoliator and absolutely has helped with skin discoloration and hyper-pigmentation.
- No matter what toner I use, I always follow it with this Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum. I really like Mario Badescu products for their natural components and great price points, but this serum helps brighten skin, lock in moisture, protect it from environmental factors (hello free radicals) and help jump start new collagen production, which is essential for our older, mature skin.
- I follow all this up with a nighttime face cream, eye cream and slather body lotion everywhere.
- Once a week (ok, maybe not once a week – but that’s what we should strive for!) I use a facial mask geared toward what my skin is doing that week. If I’m feeling dry, I go with a moisturizing mask, and if it’s a oily, hormonal week, I’ll spot-mask with something a little more drying. I always use the moisturizing mask on my neck and chest also, don’t forget about those spots!
What products do you use to transition to fall & winter? Do you change it up, or stay with your current routine?
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