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It’s hard to believe it’s already time to say goodbye to summer… We’ll all miss the long weekends, beach days, vacays and overall laid-back vibe—but Fall is great simply because it’s a fresh start! As you prepare for cooler days ahead by stowing the bathing suits and sandals (and reaching for the warmer layers and boots), it’s important to keep your skincare and diet in mind as well. With less sun exposure on the agenda, ‘tis the season to get reacquainted with products and habits that have perhaps been ignored since spring. Here’s a guide to getting back into the swing.
Reverse sun damage
Despite your best SPF efforts, odds are you got a bit more sun that you would have liked—and if think your skin made it through summer unscathed, you probably just didn’t experience a visible sunburn and didn’t notice a subtle darkening of your skin. With sun-exposure season behind us, it’s time to address any spots that may have popped up, with targeted skincare products that contain brightening agents. New York City plastic surgeon Mark H. Schwartz also recommends in-office treatments like Sciton’s HALO Hybrid Laser and BBL.“This powerful one-two punch addresses both the visible signs of UV exposure, as well as underlying damage deep within the skin,” he says.
Summer months (and their heat and humidity) call for a lightweight moisturizer but it’s important to up the moisture ante come fall. Cooler temperatures, drier air and forthcoming artificial heat pull moisture from your skin and limit the amount of available hydration in our environments, so swap out your summer go-to and replace it with something richer. But the arrival of fall doesn’t mean you can stash the sunscreen… If you’d rather not be bothered with the extra step, simply use a moisturizer with sunscreen built-in. This is probably enough protection for every day, but you’ll still need the stronger SPF if you’re apple picking or taking in the fall foliage. For example, TiZO AM Replenish helps prevent future UV damage with broad spectrum SPF40 and also helps boost moisturization with ceramides and antioxidants.
Get reacquainted with retinol
If you took a break from your retinol or prescription retinoid over the summer, it’s time to get back on track. According to Troy, Michigan plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn, “Hands down, the best anti-aging skin care ingredient is retinol. It’s scientifically proven to smooth, tighten, and exfoliate the skin. Radical Night Repair by ZO Skin Health is a very powerful retinol that can act quickly and effectively to reverse aging. If you have sensitive skin, I developed the YOUN Beauty Retinol Moisturizer, which combines retinol with natural and organic ingredients. It’s not as aggressive as Radical Night Repair, but is well-tolerated and fragrance-free.”
Reset your skincare regimen
Undoing the damage caused by a summer of fun in the sun may be a priority, but it’s important to assess your entire skincare regimen and make sure it meets your skin’s needs for fall. “Summer is all about protecting the skin from sun damage, and now’s the time to transition to more of a focus on reparative antioxidants and extra moisture to offset the effects of cooler, drier weather,” explains Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Alexander Rivkin. According to Dr. Rivkin, one easy way to do this is to work Alastin Restorative Complex into your daily routine. “Offering hydration and repair, this serum can be the workhorse of your daily routine. Studies have shown that the peptides found in this serum are able to penetrate the skin and effectively repair damage, which are both necessary for visible improvement.”
Get your diet back on track
Between traveling and cocktail-fueled afternoons (or weekends), you probably over-indulged a bit this summer. Fall is the time to get back to business and start focusing on your health again. Seattle-based Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist and Arivale Coach Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN, CSO recommend a few hacks that maximize your nutrient intake and prevent diet pitfalls. If you’re a smoothie-for-breakfast person, “Your best bet it to make them veggie-based (think spinach, cucumbers, carrots and beets) rather than including three to four servings of fruit,” and if you’re a juicer, you may want to reach for the whole fruit instead. “Juice is very easy to over-consume and a rich source of carbohydrates with no fiber, fat or protein. You’ll feel more full after eating the actual fruit because of the fiber.” Hultin also suggests working walnuts into your diet for extra omega-3 fatty acids, darker greens like spinach for a surge of nutrients, and making sure your body is hydrated to prevent sugar cravings.
NOTE: Alastin product was provided for review. All opinions are my own.