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Back-to-school is the perfect time to refresh and reset your skincare routine—but you don’t have to be in school or the parent of a student to take advantage of this new start. Regardless of age, the end of summer and the start of fall signals a transition, and our brains have been programmed to see this time of year as a new beginning. Think of this as an opportunity to step up your product game and get your skin on the right track for the months to come.
Commit to a new regimen
Stuck in a skincare rut? Not seeing the results you want? “It’s easy to settle into skincare habits, and sometimes it’s necessary to overhaul your entire routine. This is actually a lot easier than it sounds when you put your trust in a skincare professional who can recommend the ideal products for your skin that will help you achieve your goals,” says Uslin Woods, facialist expert at Anushka Spa, Salon & Aesthetic Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida. Once you have a new routine in place, be sure to stick with it to reap the optimal benefits for the health and appearance of your skin.
Target summer sun damage
Too much fun in the summer sun can lead to discoloration, changes in skin texture and an overall lackluster appearance once your tan fades. According to Woods, there are several ways to repair post-summer skin symptoms. “Laser treatments and medical peels are ideal for evening out skin tone and smoothing skin texture. From a series of downtime-free treatments to more intense options that require a few days of laying low, there’s a rejuvenating solution for every lifestyle.”
Get ready for cooler weather
If you’re starting to think about unpacking the sweaters and stowing away the sundresses, your skincare routine deserves equal attention. Woods explains, “The change of seasons can have a profound impact on the skin. If you live in an area that experiences a significant swing in temperatures and humidity, it’s important to prepare your skin. This can be as easy as switching to a creamy cleanser and richer moisturizer for the colder months ahead.”
Be prepared for breakouts
The stress of transitioning from carefree summer days to the usual daily grind can be enough to bring on a breakout at any age. This is why it’s essential to have a spot treatment on hand. When applied at the first signs of a blemish, Replenix Acne Solutions Acne Gel can help minimize the bacteria and inflammation that cause pimples to progress—and reduce the chances of subsequent scarring.
Don’t forget sun protection!
“Protecting the skin against environmental damage should be a priority 365 days a year, and it’s especially important if you’re taking steps to minimize sun damage that accumulated this summer or in the years or decades before,” Woods emphasizes. Sun protection should be the final step of your skincare regimen every single morning, even if you’re spending most of your time indoors—and don’t forget to touch up mid-day if you’re having an al fresco lunch or going to be in and out of the car. A dusting of Paula’s Choice On-the-Go Shielding Powder SPF 30 tops off your SPF and minimizes shine without disturbing your makeup.