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Happy Fall y’all! Today I am sharing my tips for transitioning your skin into the season.
Fall is a great time for…
Adding Retinol back into your regimen, as well as Hydroquinone if you are dealing with pigmentation
Retinols, whether prescription or nonprescription are best avoided when you are being exposed to the sun regularly during the summer months. Where I live in NC, people LIVE at the beach during the summertime, so I typically will have my patients go off of their retinol for the summer. Hydroquinone, a skin lightening agent that targets melanocytes is also best avoided during the summer. It can be irritating to the skin, and since it is targeting the cells responsible for protecting your skin from the sun, it makes your skin more prone to sun damage. Almost all of my patients who suffer from melasma go on a Retinol and Hydroquinone regimen when Fall comes along.
Receiving more “heavy hitting” treatments that require you to protect your skin from the sun as well as downtime
Laser treatments such as Broad Band Light or BBL, Halo, and Fraxel treatments all require downtime as well as very stringent rules about staying out of the sun. This is the same for laser hair removal- the sun must be avoided during a course of treatment. As the skin is being resurfaced it is very delicate and depending upon the depth of the laser, the skin is in repair mode and you do not want to expose it to the harsh sun. In the fall, you can retreat indoors with a hot cup of cocoa and allow this healing to happen. It’s also a great time for medical microneedling as well as any deeper chemical peels such as a Retinol or a TCA peel.
Hydrating your skin with weekly sheet masks (This is one of my favorites!)
Sheet masks really are appropriate for any time of year but I LOVE using them in the Fall, particularly ones with brightening agents. The sheet mask is unique because the product is applied directly to the skin with an occlusive layer (typically collagen) which allows the product to penetrate more deeply giving you instant hydration. It’s also a very relaxing beauty ritual you can literally do anywhere! You can even pack a sheet mask for the plane when you travel- this is one of my favorite things to do on a long flight!
Don’t forget to still continue wearing a daily SPF, separate from your moisturizer!
As always, remember to wear your SPF every morning! I prefer a mineral sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to give you the best, full spectrum protection. The sun’s rays are present no matter the season.
Thanks for stopping by! XO, Ashli