Change your regimen seasonally to keep skin at its healthiest!
Skin care products, once considered a luxury for the more well-off, are now a necessity as more information about the effects of sun and environmental exposure on our skin is becoming available. While sleep, proper hydration and a healthy diet are the basis of good skin, women are always looking for an extra boost in the skin care department. And in an estimated $34 billion dollar industry that is expected only to grow, there is certainly no shortage of options. There are products for anti-aging, wrinkle prevention, skin rejuvenation, elasticity improvement, moisturizing and radiance enhancement. But out of all of these products, which ones do you actually need? And when should you use them?
Makeup artist and all-around skin care expert Michael Allison has been in the cosmetic industry for over eight years, working for lines such as Chanel and Lancome. A man familiar with his skin care products, Allison is breaking down our options and letting us know which products are really the most important and why.
One of the most important things women need to do in order to have healthy, hydrated skin, says Allison, is switching over their products from summer to fall.
“The change of season is really symbolic for the changing of skin care,” he says. “We all need to make sure that our skin care regimens change in order to help our skin look refreshed and rejuvenated.”
With more moisture in the air, summer skin is typically moister and thus, our products less heavy and intensifying. But for the dry fall and winter months, we’re going to be needing some of those hydrators back.
“During the winter months your skin may become more dry and irritated. Many women do not realize this and continue to use the same skin care regimen year round.”
Allison attributes this to a fear of breakouts and skin irritation, but by refusing to change their routines, he says women are doing a disservice to their skin. “Their skin is not getting what it needs.”
The three products that Allison says all women must have for fall are cleansers, serums and moisturizers.
The quickest way to change the state of your skin is to change the cleanser you’re using. Opting for creamier cleansers will give your skin both added moisture and a softer feel. Allison recommends Caudalie Gentle Cream Cleanser for a soft, velvety feel and Fresh Soy Cleanser, a gentle cleanser that’s suitable for all skin types.
Serums are the second element in skin care. “Serums are an important addition to skin care because they go deeper into the skin and are much more concentrated,” he said. Allison’s favorite serums are ones that contain hyaluronic acid, which acts as moisture binder to help skin retain a high volume of water. “It holds 1000 times its weight in water and helps penetrate and repair the skin on a deeper level,” he said. Formulas such as Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 gel and Klerderum’s Intensive Serum are at the top of his list.
Cleaners and serums are essential tools of getting glowy skin, but it’s moisturizer that is the bread and butter of good skin care. For maximum hydration, Allison’s go-to’s are moisturizers that will promote cell function and increase moisture. For a good all-around moisturizer, Allison recommends Remede’s Hydra Therapy Lift Creme to clients, as it has the added benefit of helping to correct signs of aging.
For women with more sensitive skin he suggests Klerderum Vitalize cream. “This cream has vitamins A,C,E and is an anti-inflammatory,” Allison says. A truly wonderful cream.
Even more genius products? “Another great anti-inflammatory would be Skyn Icelands Stress Defense cream, which is a wonderful moisturizer that helps improve circulation within the skin as well as calming the skin,” Allison says.
Take it from a skin care professional who knows; using cleansers, serums and moisturizers are essential for fabulous fall skin. And who doesn’t want that?
Product Prices & Locations
Where to find this season’s top skin care products and how much they’re going to cost.
Caudalie Gentle Cream Cleanser
$28 at all Sephora locations
$38 at all Sephora locations
Skinceuticals Hydrating B5
$59 at Bluemercury, Somerset
Klerderum’s Intenstive Serum
$88 at all Nordstrom locations
Remede’s Hydra Therapy Lift Creme
$130 at Bluemercury, Somerset
$78 at all Nordstrom locations
Skyn Icelands Stress Defense
$85 at Skincarerx.com