I do not know about you, but this up and down weather has been wreaking havoc on my poor skin! Summer is long gone but that does not mean that your glow has to be, too.
These following tips are for my dry skin readers as well as my oily and combination ones! Even though you may be oily, you are not exempt from using a moisturizer! Read below to find out how to keep your skin in tip top shape this season, no matter what your skin type may be, and test out some of my suggested products to help you along.
CLEANSE: Oily skin, dry skin, and everything in between: this is a good time to take your cleanser down a notch or two. Cleansing plays a crucial role in the health of your skin; so by all means, give your skin a deep clean often; however, if you have dry skin, I suggest using a cleanser that is more hydrating than the one you were using in the summer. If you are oily, you were probably using a cleansing foam last season. Think about switching to one that will not over dry your skin. Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser is one of my favorites and is great for all skin types. It will leave your skin feeling soft, radiant, and fresh.
EXFOLIATE: Everyone, yes everyone, must exfoliate. Especially as we approach the winter season. Scrubbing away dead skin cells will reveal the new, healthy ones that are fighting their way to the surface. Give them a helping hand by exfoliating. If you are using a gentle exfoliator such as Clinique 7 Day Srub Cream, you can use it every morning. Anything harsher such as St. Ives Apricot Scrub (my personal choice) should not be used more than once a week. Listen to your body and cut back on usage if you experience any redness or irritation.
TONE: A toner will restore the PH balance to your skin. Essentially, that means it will help you manage the dry cheek/oily TZone situation that many of us experience. It also will ensure that not a trace of makeup or dirt is left behind in the cleansing process, causing anything you put on your face after this step to be absorbed properly. Dry skin, listen up! Chose a toner with a low alcohol content such as Guerlain Purifying Iris Toner so that you do not strip away natural oils.
TREAT: This is where you decide what change you want to see in your skin. Feeling uber dry? Choose a serum that focuses on hydration (Chanel’s Hydramax + Active Serum.) Is aging your main concern? Pick up a serum that will lift, firm, or help smooth lines and wrinkles such as Sisley Supremya. Maybe you are like me and want more radiance. Go for a brightening concentrate like Giorgio Armani’s Youth Regenerator. This step is 100% dependent on what your skin needs.
HYDRATE: You have totally and completely prepped your skin for optimal absorption of your moisturizer and all of its benefits. If you were blessed with enough oils, test out a lightweight lotion like Garnier Nutritioniste’s Skin Renewing Oil Free Facial Lotion. If your oil glands need a little assistance, you may prefer a rich cream such as Osmotics Cream ExtremeBarrier Repair. Hydration is essential in keeping a youthful dew and soft supple texture. Makeup will glide on easily and look more natural if your skin gets the attention it deserves.
Rachel Paul is a New York based makeup artist, encouraging and training women to be their most beautiful self. Follow @rosecolored_glasses on Instagram.