While an endless summer is a sweet fantasy, there are things about autumn to celebrate: sweater weather, apple picking and, for parents at their wits’ end, back to school. Along with switching from iced cold brews to pumpkin-spice everything, we’ve also got to transition our skincare for the cooler, drier weather.
While skincare basics don’t change—cleanse, moisturize, SPF—the approach gets tweaked so skin stays fresh and dewy, even as temperatures drop.
Switch Your Cleanser
With less sun and sweat, skin doesn’t get as oily, so your cleanser needs to be more gentle. Anything that’s too harsh will strip the skin, making it feel dry and tight. Try micellar water, which removes makeup and hydrates at the same time. Or go directly to Alastin Gentle Cleanser, which moisturizes while it deep cleans and soothes even the most sensitive skin.
Think Thick When It Comes to Moisturizer
Summer’s all about lightweight hydration, but fall means reaching for a heavier cream that helps skin stand up to cold, wind and indoor heating—dryness alert! Try Alastin Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer. With phytonutrients and antioxidants, this moisturizer plumps up the skin and keeps it hydrated all day.
Add a Serum
Fall is the perfect time to up your skin game by adding a serum to your routine. Specifically targeted to your skin needs, a serum takes your skin to the next level, whether it’s brightening, tightening or anti-aging. Try ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Serum, which makes skin firmer, smoother and less prone to fine lines.
Skip the Hot Shower
It’s so tempting to take a piping-hot shower, especially when it’s chilly outside, but hot water saps skin of essential oils, making it drier once you dry off. Take a lukewarm shower instead and moisturize your whole body while you’re still damp.
We know… it’s the most boring skincare advice ever, but using sunscreen daily is the best anti-aging defense out there. While UVB rays (the ones that give us that St. Tropez tan or lobster burn) isn’t as strong in the fall, UVA rays (the ones that cause skin cancer and wrinkles) remain powerful. After your cleansing and moisturizing routine, don’t forget sunscreen—even if it’s cloudy outside! Try Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, which has a 36 SPF and a universal tint that gives a glow to almost every skin tone.
Strategize for the Future
The changing season is the perfect time to get serious about your skincare with the help of a medical aesthetician. It can be a HydraFacial that gets your skin instantly healthy—and yes, deeply hydrated—or the Clear + Brilliant laser that improves skin tone, texture and pore size—or any number of other treatments designed to trigger your body’s collagen and elastin production so you look like the best version of yourself, longer. Make an appointment for your free consultation at OrangeTwist with one of our medical experts today.