By Candice Sabatini
I’m sorry to have to break this news to you, sunshine, but it’s over. There’s no way to let you down gently on this one, it’s really over. Summer, that is. The taste of that mojito at the outdoor table on a hot summer night when you were flirting with him is starting to fade along with your tan (a spray on one, of course!). Your tired summer sandals are safely ensconced at the back of the closet, the sweaters are out of hiding and you’ve already flaunted that fabulous new jacket with the trapeze arms with your new wide-legged jeans. But wait…how about your skin? You’re not treating your skin like it’s still on summer vacation, are you? If you are, shame on you – and read on!
I got up at the crack of dawn so I could speak to dermatologist Dr. Adam Geyer. Busy man whose only time for an interview was at 7:30AM, which is not my finest hour, but for you morning glory, I did it. Dr. Geyer is from the Tribeca Skin Care Center as well as the brand ambassador for Kiehl’s. He outlined an approach to Fall Skin Care that made sense even before my second latte.
Dr. Geyer outlined a logical 4-Step plan (hey, shorter than 12 steps!) First on the fall “To Do” skin care list is repair. Even those of you who heeded my pithy pearls from July and know that the only safe tan is one that comes from a tube or a sprayer, might have suffered some sun damage. It’s now the time for a fix. Brown spots are a most tell tale sign of aging and sun damage. Kiehl’s Overnight Biological Peel – a simple one-step product – helps reduce their appearance as well renew skin texture and reduce the look of pore size. I love a problem solver I can sleep on! And we all know that Vitamin C is practically the fountain of youth and Kiehl’s Line Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate with vitamin C and Haloxyl minimize the appearance of crow’s feet and brightens up the dark circles under those peepers.
From SK-II skin care line from Japan, I recommend the Whitening Source Intensive Mask. I just don’t recommend opening the door when you have it on! The cotton mask (yes there are holes for seeing and breathing) is saturated with their special pitera ingredient as well as vitamins C and B3 that reduces uneven skin tone and brightens up a sallow complexion. The entire Whitening Source line from SK-II is designed to rebalance skin tone and repair the dulling effects of sun damage. Additionally, their Facial Treatment Essence is the “holy water” of this line and the one product that many in-the-know can’t live without. Though it looks like a toner, it’s not. The non-alcohol Essence is splashed on, not wiped on with cotton, and boosts the skin’s moisture level and radiance. Make-up artist to the celebs, Pat McGrath, is a huge fan!
Step two for fall means stepping up to more aggressive products in your skin care routine. For those who get professional peels and micro-dermabrasions, now is the time to restart, assuming you were prudent enough to take a summer break. Professional peels help pigment problems, increase collagen production and erase fine lines. For at home care, Dr Geyer tells us there’s “no point in fighting brown spots in summer; fall is the time to use more challenging home products to help reverse damage.” Kiehl’s Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion used twice a week will help improve tone and texture.
After all the aggressive repair treatments are Steps 3 and 4. Dr. Geyer warns that it’s important to also calm and soothe the skin with mild products after skin repair treatments. Kiehl’s Centella Skin Calming Facial Cleanser contains centella, a botanical used for centuries to heal skin injuries and contains anti-oxidant properties. It melted my make-up off and felt oh so gentle on my skin. With summer gone, many of us like to kick it up a notch from the lighter moisturizers we used in the heat and my skin loves the Embryoderme Crème Vitaminee by Embryolisse for overnight moisturizing. It contains vitamin E, shea butter, collagen and other ultra rich ingredients.
And last, but not least, (and I know you’re tired of hearing this) is sun block. However for fall, feel free to switch to a lower SPF.
Kiehl’s – Saks Fifth Ave, Bloomingdales, Kiehl’s Store http://www.kiehls.com
SK11 – Saks Fifth Ave, http://www.SK2US.com
Embryolisse – New London Pharmacy, Temptu http://www.embryolisseusa.com
Tribeca Skin Center – http://www.tribecaskincenter.com