How To Take Your Summer Glow Into The Fall

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When it comes to our faces, we don’t rely on just anyone to tell us what our skin needs to get that ever-elusive glow. Instead, we turn to skin-care veteran (and celebrity fave!) Renée Rouleau, who knows it takes more than the right products to get radiant. Each week, she’ll be serving up her expert tips to keep your complexion in tip-top shape.
Summer has come to an end, and many of you may be seeing an increase in brown spots, as well as dryness, and an overall dull look to the skin. The heat, sun, and chlorinated pools combined with a less-than-attentive skin care routine require a serious skin pick-me-up. As a celebrity aesthetician, my expert tips are sure to turn your skin around fast and bring it back to a healthy, smoother, and clearer condition.
Increase Your Exfoliation
Because skin is prone to increased sensitivity in summertime, exfoliation should be minimal, But, come fall, exfoliation is imperative when it comes to repairing and brightening the complexion. Exfoliation with a gentle facial scrub, an alcohol-free glycolic or lactic acid serum, or an at-home peel will remove sun-damaged cells on the surface to encourage brighter, smoother, more even-toned skin. For most skin types, a facial scrub should be used 2-3 times a week; an acid-based serum should be used under moisturizer for three nights on, then three nights off; and an at-home skin peel should be used 1-2 times a month. Be sure to follow the instructions for product usage or consult with your skin-care professional to determine the best type of exfoliants for your skin type. If you're using a sonic cleansing brush daily to wash your skin, the physical action of the brush on the skin is similar to that of a facial scrub, so use one or the other, but only 2-3 times a week to avoid unnecessary skin irritation.
Banish Fall Breakouts Gently
Did you know that fall is the most common time of the year for breakouts? Summer's increased oil production can lead to more breakouts because this oil flow, combined with fall's cooler air, can create layers of dead skin cell buildup. This traps oil and acne-causing bacteria under the skin, resulting in clogged pores and blemishes. So, should you switch your skin routine to using harsh and drying acne products? Absolutely not — the best way to manage post-summer breakouts is to incorporate a cleanser, mask, or serum that uses salicylic acid into your current skin care regimen. This miracle ingredient is a beta hydroxyl acid (BHA) that gently penetrates oil-filled pores and exfoliates any dead cells that have built up inside to lessen blemishes. My BHA Clarifying Serum is ideal for red, sensitive, and easily irritated skin types.
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Wear SPF Moisturizer Daily
Just because the weather is cooler doesn't mean that the sun isn't as damaging to the skin. UVA rays (the ones that cause premature wrinkles) are equally as strong in the fall and winter as they are in the summer. These rays also penetrate through windows at home, work, and even in the car. Find a moisturizer with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen built-in (ones formulated with zinc oxide are best for sensitive skin) and use it every day, year-round on the face, neck, and exposed skin on the chest. Since the number one cause of premature skin aging is UV light, this is truly the best and easiest way to prevent future wrinkles. Trust me on this one.
Boost Hydration With An Alcohol-Free Toner
Toners are often an overlooked step in a skin care regimen and are commonly misunderstood as too drying. The problem is that many toners in the marketplace contain denatured alcohol or SD alcohol 40, both of which are very drying and irritating to the skin when used daily. Toners that are alcohol-free are a perfect way to give your skin the water and hydration it so desperately needs in the fall when the temperatures are cooler. Your skin cells are like fish. They need water to live, and without water, they die prematurely resulting in unhealthy skin--not to mention dry skin cells. Wipe an alcohol-free toner over the skin after cleansing, but make sure to leave skin damp before applying your serum or moisturizer to seal in the hydration and active ingredients.
Schedule A Professional Facial Or Chemical Peel
As much as skin-care products can work wonders to improve the health of your skin, they can only do so much. Particularly when it comes to post-summer sun spots and acne conditions, most people would see faster and increased results from professional-strength treatments and facial products administered by experienced aestheticians. Having the pores manually cleaned out will drastically improve clogged pores, bumps, and blackheads, and a series of mild chemical peels will encourage the fading of stubborn hyperpigmentation. Your skin will thank you for the extra attention and will look better for it.

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