Fall isnâ€™t just lovely for its beautiful foliage and perfectly crisp temperaturesâ€”it also provides ample time for us to prepare for the impending chilly turmoil. (If youâ€™re a winter person, our hyperbolic thinking need not apply).
Maybe summerâ€™s activities left your complexion a little worse for the wear. But the beauty of this time of year is that before diving headlong into the heavy moisturizers and balms that winter requires, we still have some warm days left to get things in order. Yes, we're talking about repairing and rebooting, but also preparing for those cooler days by swapping in some key products. Itâ€™s an easy transition, and weâ€™re here to remove any guesswork.
Add a Boost of Vitamin C
Before embarking on our fall regimen, we have to assess summerâ€™s mark on our skin. â€œVitamin C helps to repair any summer skin damage, such as dark skin and uneven skin tone,â€ says Ling Chan, founder of cult-fave facial destination Ling Skincare in NYC. â€œAdding a vitamin Câ€“rich formula helps treat fine lines and wrinkles, as well as the appearance of sun-stressed skin, and protects skin from free radical environmental damage."
Remember to Use SPF
While itâ€™s definitely wise to reapply and slather on more product during the summer months, proper sun protection is a yearlong deal. Your only change might be choosing something a bit more lightweight since youâ€™ll be rotating heavier moisturizers and other formulas into your regimen (more on that later). But regardless, make sure you donâ€™t skimp on that SPF number.
Book a Facial
This is important for a few reasons. â€œOur skin goes through a cycle of shedding and renewal,â€ says Chan, adding that while this cycle happens every 28 days, itâ€™s aggravated more by seasonal changes. Aside from giving your complexion a deep cleansing and comprehensive reboot, an expert can also provide some personalized insight on how to deal with specific issues as the temps drop.
Out with the old and in with the new, as the saying goes. In this case, the â€œoldâ€ is months of sweat, oil, and SPF. Youâ€™re probably in the clear if youâ€™re already exfoliating on a regular basis, but if not, itâ€™s not a bad time to start giving yourself a weekly (gentle) scrub-down.
Add an Eye Cream
That delicate skin around your eyes is the first to feel the impact of the changing seasons, which can manifest in puffiness or fine lines. Smoothing on a light eye cream or gel before bed should do the trick.
Get Your Winter Skin Arsenal Ready
Itâ€™s never too early to start preparingâ€¦ because this is a transition, yes, but also because time seems to hurtle along when weâ€™re trying to hold onto warmth as long as possible. Think about adding a lush balm moisturizer to your routine for winter, so your skin is prepared for the chilly months ahead.
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