September 22 officially heralds the start of fall. I intend to remain in firm denial of winter’s approach until after Thanksgiving and before then I am not even going to think about “winterizing” skin. However, I have started to make some concessions towards a regimen for drier, cooler weather after getting some signals from skin and nails that temperatures have begun to dip. Here are my key recommendations for transitioning a summer beauty regimen to one for fall:
The first thing I noticed is that my summer skin, which is generally a little oily, has become combination. I still have an oily T-zone that responds really well to Sevani’s Rapid Renewal Resurfacing Crème
, a daily go-to for almost a year now that is an excellent product that keeps large pores, breakouts and freckles in check.
But the rest of my skin is a little drier than usual and on a whim I decided to reach for Snowberry’s Bright Defense Day Cream No 2
($63 in the shop
) after reading Cristina’s great review
of it. This is specifically designed for combination skin and has a good balance between ingredients that are emollient (rosehip, grapeseed, passion flower, macadamia and the New Zealand harakeke), antioxidant (grapeseed and kombuchka, produced from the fermentation of sweet black tea to decrease glycation and skin roughness) and brightening (OxyResvenox is a skin lightener stronger than kojic acid).
I use Bright Defense No 2 on the days that I need it, over whatever serum I am using (currently E’shee’s amazing KI Therapy
). As far as serums go, I would counsel against one with a lot of sodium hyaluronate (the opposite advice is given by some beauty websites
). The reason I say this is that sodium hyaluronate
draws in water and binds it to the skin. This is great in a humid environment but paradoxically may result in drying the skin (because it draws on water from the skin itself) in an environment that lacks moisture. Instead, feed your face by looking out for serums with fatty acids and antioxidants. Fatty acids (omegas) are especially important for preparing for the drying effects of cold weather and they appear in many of the masks and facial oils I come on to mention below.
I am gradually transitioning to some other richer and hydrating products, starting with cleanser. I started using Living Nature’s Vitalising Cleanser
($35 in the shop
) after Valerie introduced me to the brand
. This cleanser is creamy without being cloying and even removes makeup using a natural soap derived from a New Zealand plant called kourmerahou.
Extra hydrating face masks are also making a comeback in my regimen. I am back to using Royal Nectar’s Face Mask
($59 in the shop
) after a summer hiatus. It is both very hydrating and firming. With peptide-loaded bee venom as the key active, it is a great pick me up whenever my skin looks in need of one. Another good mask for this time of year is Kahina’s Antioxidant Mask
($62 in the TIA shop
). It is a good product for almost all age groups: 30-somethings looking to start with a good antioxidant and brightening product, and has enough moisturizing from the various oils to help through the decades to 60s, 70s and beyond. I also like Arcona’s Wine Hydrating Mask
with resveratrol and omega rich macadamia and blackcurrant.
If you couldn’t face a facial oil in the heat of the summer, then now would be a good time to get to know a few as they are usually an excellent source of fatty acids and antioxidants. Nourishing as well as subtly hydrating, my Five Best facial oils
include Snowberry, Sevani, YBF’s Private Reserve, Kahina and Rodin. Launched after the Five Best roundup, but worthy of inclusion, is RMS Beauty’s lovely Facial Oil ($74 in the shop
In summer, my fingernails seem to absorb vitamin D and grow like Topsy, but they are already showing signs of becoming a little brittle and dry. I find that the best thing for my nails is a good oil (even ones designed for the face). Although this might seem a little extravagant, a tiny dab on each nail goes a long way to keeping them in great condition, ridge free and strong.
For body lotion, I am transitioning from light, moisturizing sprays and Prana’s Attar Firming Body Milk
(a super reasonable, considering its quality, $28 in the shop
), an anti-aging and anti-cellulite cream that is lightweight but nourishing, to Prana’s much richer Body Whip (a review on this is to come soon). I’m also making good use of Biao’s rich (and well priced at $25 in the shop
) Rejuvenating Night Creme
as my daily hand cream and pampering my knees and elbows with Stemulation’s Rescue Repair Hand & Body Treatment
($96 in the shop
) with exfoliating lactic acid and a kind of sedge that is a great source of – yep, you guessed it – fatty acids.