As we leave the fun-filled days of summer behind and welcome the crisp cool days of fall, it’s hard not to notice all the damage done to our skin. Harmful UV rays, pollution, heat and chlorine have left skin with extreme dryness, sun spots, clogged pores, pronounced lines and wrinkles and uneven tone, wishing for a do-over!
“UV light causes collagen breakdown, formation of free radicals and interference with DNA repair,” says NYC-based Board Certified Dermatologist, Robin Borkowsky.
Now is the best time to incorporate a fall skincare regimen for achieving healthy and radiant skin. Investing in the right products, specifically used to treat problem areas, will help reverse the damaging effects of summer’s aftermath. “Products with ingredients such as antioxidants – Idebenone, coffeeberry, green tea, Vitamins C and E — help repair cells, neutralizing free radicals that cause cellular damage and weaken the structure of the skin,” says Borkowsky. “It’s also a great time to resume or start up a retinoid program such as Tretinoin, Renova or Avage or an over-the-counter retinol product, which will have similar, but less potent effects. These will increase skin cell turnover, which will unclog pores, reduce brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles.”
You can banish summer damage while you sleep with Dr. Brandt’s flaws no more r3p cream. Not only does this nighttime cream remove the skin’s outer layers with Vitamin A, but also hydrates and protects from free-radical damage. A unique triple peptide formula containing Argeriline and Vitamins C and E soften lines, firm skin and improve tone while antioxidant green tea, white tea and grapeseed calm and protect skin from further damage. $125, www.sephora.com.
Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector, fall’s must-have potent serum, claims to repair UV damaged skin in just 12 weeks when used two times a day. Three patented enzymes penetrate deep within the surface of the skin to revitalize photo aging; powerful peptides boost collagen production; and antioxidants such as pomegranate and Vitamins C and E fight free radicals. $44.50, www.clinique.com.
Philosophy’s miracle worker miraculous daily anti-aging retinoid pads are single-use retinol pads perfect for new retinol users. They contain hpr (high performance retinoid), which exfoliates skin without irritation. Loaded with antioxidants and skin smoothers, these pads shrink pores, minimize the appearance of fine lines and leave skin with an overall healthy glow. $70 www.philosophy.com.
Brown spots are a no-no! Not only do they make you look older, but leaving them untreated can make them worse. Kiehl’s new Photo-Age Corrector High-Potency Spot Treatment helps conquer existing and hidden pigmentations with the powerful botanical tyrosinase (the enzyme needed to make melanin) inhibitor, ellagic acid. Used as a spot treatment or overall skin brightener, expect to see decreased color and size of spots within four weeks. $49, www.kiehls-usa.com.
No matter what products we use to turn back the clock, the only way to prevent future skin damage is to wear sunblock everyday. “Sunscreen is the most important means by which to prevent future sun damage,” says Borkowsky. “Aim for an SPF of 30 or above and make sure it says UVA and UVB protection.”
A good affordable option is Neutrogena’s Healthy Defense Liquid Moisturizer SPF 50 with Helioplex (sun protection technology that combines avobenzone and oxybenzone for maximum protection), which works well under makeup and protects against damaging UVA and UVB rays. $14.99, www.neutrogena.com.
Incorporating a new fall skincare regimen into our busy lives will take time and patience, but being consistent — while using the right products containing the most powerful ingredients — will yield amazing results.