The Fall Skin Care Tips To Try When Your Barrier Gets Dull, Dry, & Flaky
Finding current makeup and hair tips is simple: click through your Instagram stories and you're bound to learn a few tricks within five minutes. Skin care, on the other hand, isn't as simple to spot at first glance. By looking at someone, it's nearly impossible to know how exactly they are achieving radiant skin. No need to send out any DMs: TZR consulted with dermatologists on the biggest fall skin care tips. Clear some space on your bathroom shelf, you'll be itching to add in a few of their recommendations.
Evidently, almost every aspect of everyday life has been altered over the past few months, including beauty. Dr. Elyse Love, a board-certified dermatologist at Spring Street Dermatology in New York says that she's noticing simple skin care routines trending for fall. "The social impact of COVID and the current social justice movement has led to a lot of self-reflection, with that I think many of us have simplified our lives in a number of ways — skin care is no exception," Dr. Love notes. "I think consumers are looking for effective, multi-tasking products." Another concern that many have is maskne. "A key to fighting maskne is daily exfoliation," she says. "As we move into fall where skin is in general more sensitive due to cooler temperatures, I expect high demand of gentle exfoliators."
Below, find eight skin care tips to have on your radar. And find out which products to shop, too.
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Fall Skin Care Tip: Nix Your Maskne For Good
Dermatologists alike are noting the skin concern caused from wearing a mask. "When we’re wearing a mask outdoors we’re creating a humid-sensitive environment prone to inflammation, and the friction against the skin causes the follicles to become inflamed, which can cause acne," Dr. Michelle Henry, MD, FAAD, a New York-based board certified dermatologist, tells TZR. "You’re more likely to have skin breakdown because you’re wearing the masks, so you want to ensure that you’re using gentle skin care ingredients so that you don’t compromise the skin and cause inflammation." Besides consistently washing your face mask, for those with acne-prone skin, try washing your face with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid.
Fall Skin Care Tip: Use Calming Ingredients
"Calming ingredients, such as CBD and niacinamide, are popping up a lot this season due to their skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties," Dr. Shari Sperling, MD of Sperling Dermatology in New Jersey, says. She says this is because many people are experiencing stressed skin and more breakouts than usual, plus irritation due to masks. Dr. Henry agrees on the increased usage of niacinamide in skin care. "I’m seeing a lot of conversation around niacinamide because it’s such a good multi-tasker," she says. "It's anti-inflammatory, it helps to reduce pigmentation, it helps to strengthen the skin barrier, and it's soothing."
Fall Skin Care Tip: Beautify From Within
Dr. Tess Mauricio, MD, FAAD, a board certified dermatologist in Los Angeles, is noticing an influx in individuals' desire for a holistic and more natural approach to anti-aging. "They are recognizing that the skin is an indicator of our overall health and wellness," the dermatologist says. "So, 'beauty from within' is [a] trend that is going to get bigger and this is something I feel very passionate about."
For "beauty from within," Dr. Mauricio recommends taking Liveli Healthi Skin nutritional supplement (nutraceutical) for the skin. "This is a skin supplement I created containing collagen along with powerful antioxidants like glutathione, vitamin C, green tea, polypodium leucotomos, and others helps increase cellular protection to support healthier and more beautiful skin."
Fall Skin Care Tip: Delay The Need For Anti-Aging Treatments
To delay the need for botox, fillers, and more expensive anti-aging treatments, Dr. Mauricio says that patients — especially younger ones — are using skin care proactively. "They're aware of new technologies in skin care and they want to take advantage of it," she says. To do this, the dermatologist suggests using No7 Laboratories Firming Booster Serum. She notes that it's clinically proven to lift, tone, and tighten in a week, and look up to five years younger in 12 weeks.
Fall Skin Care Tip: Try Using Squalane
Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michele Green says squalane is an oldie but a goodie, and has recently regained notoriety. "Squalane can be sourced from various nuts and seeds," she states. "The difference is the time it takes to produce, the concentration of squalene, and the absorption rate."
According to Dr. Green, squalane from olive oil has a 0.4 percent concentration with a medium absorption rate. "The most concentrated form of plant derived squalane is derived from amaranth seeds, it has a concentration of 4.2 percent and a fast absorption rate," she notes. "Due to its faster absorption rate it is cosmetically more elegant than olive-derived squalene as it has a lighter and drier feel on the skin than other plant and seed-derived squalane." If you're curious about the ingredient, cosmetic dermatologist suggests trying Biossance's Squalane Vitamin C Rose Oil.
Fall Skin Care Tip: Implement Salicylic Acid
Salicylic Acid is an OG ingredient used in skin care that seems to be making a comeback in new ways. "Salicylic acid has been around in drugstore acne washes for decades and is well respected among dermatologists for its effective treatment of oiliness, comedonal acne, like white heads and black heads, rough skin texture, and hyperpigmentation," Dr. Love says. New formulations on the market are increasing increasing tolerability and effectiveness. For instance, Dr. Love says Glossier's solution is simple enough to incorporate to most daily regimens. "Obagi Clinical has combined salicylic acid with lactic and glycolic acid in their Blue Brilliance Triple Acid Peel for a more substantial bimonthly chemical peel with no downtime," she adds.
Fall Skin Care Tip: Experiment With At-Home Devices
New technology for at-home devices is emerging in the beauty space. Therefore, right now is the perfect time to experiment with a device or two. "Since the pandemic, a lot of people are reaching for do-it-yourself products, from microneedling tools to at-home facial kits," Dr. Sperling says.
Fall Skin Care Tip: Test Out A Fruit-Derived Exfoliants
"Fruit-derived exfoliants and antioxidants appear to be on the boom, from papaya-derived papin exfoliator in the Obagi Clinical Kinetin+ Exfoliating Cleansing Gel, to plum extract in Glow Recipe HA Serum, to the Barbados cherry in Fenty Toner," Dr. Love says.