I say it every year, but I can’t believe how quickly the summer flew by. Between the changing seasons and my new city’s climate being very different, my skin hasn’t been great lately. Here’s how to skip the seasonal screw-over and get right to good skin.
Get a Facial
I always like to start off every season with a facial, just to get off on the right foot. Even though I’m pretty familiar with my own skin, having an expert give me a good exfoliation and just get my face ready for the change in temperatures. In New York, I go to Heyday Tribeca (I always see Cheryl!), in Los Angeles, I love Ole Henriksen on Sunset.
Stick to Sensitive Products
Even the heartiest skin is prone to bouts of sensitivity during fluctuating seasonal changes. Swap out your more intense products for lighter ones specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Glossier Milky Jelly is the cleanser I recommend to everyone because it’s the most gentle product I’ve ever used.
Skip Harsh Ingredients
Avoid products with too much Vitamin C or Retinol, since your skin’s barrier is already vulnerable. If you must, reserve them for nighttime and use extra SPF the following day.
Hydrate Like it’s Your Job
Drink tons of water, break out the hydrating masks, and buy yourself a hyaluronic acid serum STAT.
Switch Your Moisturizer
I always use a more emollient, creamy moisturizer at night, but in the cooler seasons, I use one during the day too. Try Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer Rich, Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream, or Belif Creamy Deep Moist Moisturizer.
If you’re not already using an oil in your routine, I can’t tell you enough times that you need one. Since many of them are pure, single-ingredient products, they’re less likely to irritate your skin, and they’re so darn good for you. Cleanse with Tatcha’s camellia oil and try a rosehip oil or squalane instead of moisturizer.