Forget New Year’s Day, the best time to make resolutions is actually when a new season begins, and especially in September, with the arrival of fall. As a drop in temperatures signals the end of the carefree summer months, a period of reflection and readjustment inevitably ensues. It’s the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with the simple rules to follow to obtain healthy and luminous skin. Below, vogue Listening to facialists, dermatologists and aesthetic doctors, for a refresher course on back-to-school skin rules to take now.
1. Take the time to reassess your skin
“September is the perfect time to reevaluate your skin,” says facialist Jasmina Vico. “DNA in skin cells can be damaged by prolonged sun exposure, pollution and lack of sleep. Examine your skin, identify any changes (such as dehydration, congestion or pigmentation) and focus on finding the cause of the problem, whether external or internal, or consult a professional who can do this for you.Once the cause has been established, use corrective products, such as vitamin C or exfoliants, to repair, heal and strengthen the skin.
2. Take care of your skin barrier
“Nourish your skin barrier, because during the fall and winter, the skin is more likely to be dry and dehydrated”, explains Dr. Sophie Shotter, aesthetic doctor. “The constant transitions from cold to warm (and vice versa), which often occur in winter, mean that the skin barrier weakens. In the worst case, conditions like rosacea can flare up, while in the best of skin may be drier, slightly flaky or slightly more sensitive.This is a good time to focus on barrier health – consider including a ceramide-rich moisturizer in your routine. , this can be paired with fatty acids to create a richer formulation, while oilier skin types should stick to light, non-comedogenic creams.
3. Keep your SPF close
“Don’t put away your FPS!” Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and in the winter, UVA rays (responsible for the formation of fine lines and wrinkles) can penetrate clouds as well as glass. Therefore, you need to wear it throughout the winter to protect your skin from the future,” says Fiona McCarthy, aesthetic doctor at the Bronte Clinic. “Remember that the SPF of your moisturizer and makeup is not enough to provide adequate protection. You need a dedicated SPF and should apply it as the last step in your skincare regimen. morning skin, after the moisturizer.
4. Address Pigmentation
“Focus on repairing damage caused by the summer sun,” advises plastic surgery registrar Dr. Jo Mennie. “Despite good use of SPF, for many there is often an inevitable resurgence of pigmentation. I like to use fall as a season to start breaking down some of that pigmentation – I replace my regular vitamin C serum with a serum that also contains hydroquinone, such as the Obagi Rx C-Clarifying Serum.This medical-grade product provides a high concentration of both ingredients and allows them to work synergistically to initiate the process of reversing pigmentation.
5. Get the right water temperature
According to dermatologist Dr. Alexis Granite, “When washing your face, you should ideally use lukewarm water as it will activate your cleanser to properly remove product build-up, dirt and grime on the skin, while protecting skin’s natural oils.. Washing with too hot water can be irritating to the skin, leaving it sensitized, tight and dry, and can also impact the skin barrier. benefits of using cold water on the skin, including reduction of puffiness, cleansing with cold water should be avoided, it does not cleanse the skin as effectively as water at warmer temperatures.
6. Don’t forget your lips
“Remember to protect your lips. They also need optimal skin care, especially in fall and winter when transepidermal water loss is higher due to changes in humidity and high winds,” says Dr. Tijion Esho. “It can leave lips feeling dry and cracked if left untreated. Use a squalene-based lip balm, like Esho Coat, to moisturize and protect — and be sure to use an SPF on the lips, too.
7. Embrace beauty inside out
“A change of season is the perfect time to adjust your daily routine and introduce a new habit to take care of skin health,” explains medical and aesthetic doctor Dr. Ewoma Ukeleghe. “I am an avid supplement consumer and it is part of my broader belief that beauty and overall health should be approached from the inside out. This fall/winter I would recommend introducing a collagen supplement , like Vida Glow’s natural marine collagen, into your routine to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles, promote and maintain healthy hair, and help nails grow longer, faster, and stronger.
“Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! says consultant dermatologist, Dr. Mary Sommerlad. “The face, hands, body and feet, especially after showering when the skin is slightly damp, will help trap water. Cold, dry air and central heating in winter increase water loss. water, which means skin can start to feel dry and itchy I recommend using multitasking moisturizers that draw in moisture, soften and prevent water loss Ingredients like ceramides help repair the skin barrier while humectants, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin, draw water into the skin.Shea butter is the only carrier oil I recommend as it is low irritant and excellent for reducing dryness, and squalane is a great addition to any formula.There are so many awesome formulas for every budget – just make sure these key ingredients are there.
9. Clean properly
“If you cleanse the wrong way, it’s hard to get good skin care,” says dermatologist Dr. Sam Bunting. “I recommend sticking to gentle, non-foaming cleansers that are functional, then relying on your serums to deliver active ingredients much more precisely. My ideal cleansing wardrobe is a gel-based cleanser, with a skin-friendly pH of around 4-5, which won’t clog pores.I also like to use a micellar water for cleansing and removing eye makeup on the go.My new Flawless Cleansing Water contains only nine ingredients, combining mild surfactants with excellent cleansing power and skin soothers like glycerin and licorice extract, to support the skin barrier.
10. Incorporate chemical exfoliants
Heed consultant dermatologist Dr. Anjali Mahto’s advice: “Now is a great time of year to start reintroducing gentle chemical exfoliants, like lactic, mandelic, kojic, gluconolactone, and lactobionic acids, into your routine. These acids can traditionally make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so using them at this time of year is less likely to cause problems, such as sun sensitivity. They are also very effective in removing the dead top layer of skin cells and targeting pigmentation, freckles or uneven skin tone, which occur due to sun exposure.
11. Reboot with Retinol
“Retinol is the perfect ingredient to incorporate into your fall and winter skincare routine,” says aesthetic doctor Dr. Maryam Zamani. “I recommend introducing it to help boost collagen production, decrease pigmentation and improve skin tone. It gently speeds up skin exfoliation and reduces long-lasting signs of sun damage. in summer Try MZ Skin Retinol Skin Booster.