Fall Skincare Essentials to Erase the Sins of Summer

by Mary-Margaret Kober, MD, FAAD
October 4, 2019

With pumpkin spice and everything nice, fall is officially upon us. As we look forward to the weather getting a little cooler, the days will get shorter and the nights longer. Therefore, Fall is the prime time to focus on skincare and repair our skin to erase the sins of summer. As we remind ourselves of the long summer days, we reminisce of the times splashing in the waves, hanging ten on the perfect wave or enjoying warm summer nights with friends at a BBQ. While we relish the fun of summer, we may have added some unwanted sins of summer like new brown spots, a few extra fine lines and wrinkles or general sun damage that we want to repair. To help us, we asked Dr. Maggie Kober, with Riverchase Dermatology in Naples, to share some of her fall beauty essentials to erase the sins of summer and improve our skincare:

1. Add an Antioxidant to your skincare

My first fall beauty essential is a Vitamin C Serum because antioxidants are essential to creating the perfect fall glow. Also, Vitamin C impedes melanin production, which can fade sunspots and create a more even-tones complexion. My favorite vitamin C- serums are: SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic and Riverchase Vitamin C Brightening Serum.

2. Apply a Laser Eraser

UV rays from the sun cause brown spots and wrinkles. However, the fractionated CO2 laser can erase both of these summer sins in one single treatment. This is my go-to laser treatment for comprehensive rejuvenation. Investing in this treatment creates results that last 5-10 years.

Although, if pesky sunspots are your only concern, the Medlite laser may be a better option. Watch those sun spots disappear before your eyes in 1-2 treatments.

3. Hydrate with HydraFacials

As cooler Fall weather approaches, our skin tends to become drier. For this reason, monthly HydraFacials a must to cleanse, extract impurities and hydrate the skin. In addition, incorporating the use of hyaluronic acid products like the H.A. Intensifier from Skinceuticals delivers surface hydration, improves the visible appearance of firmness, smoothness and facial plumpness.

4. Achieve Picture Perfect Skin

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are around the corner! With this in mind, a combination of neuomodulators (Botox, Dysport), filler and microneedling with platelet rich plasma (PRP) will leave you glowing for the holidays. Firstly, using a neuromodulator, we can achieve a brow lift to brighten the eyes. Secondly, filler placed along the jawline creates a picture perfect profile. Thirdly, Microneedling with PRP stimulates collagen production to even your skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, a study from 2008 showed a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after a series of four microneedling treatments. Start now to be ready for chance encounters under the mistletoe.

5. Protect your investment – Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen

sunscreen for skincareLast, but certainly not least, protect your investment and remember to apply sunscreen as part of your daily skincare regimen. UV rays, the stealthy, non-burning kind that cause skin cancer, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles, occur year-round. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone wear sunscreen daily. Invest in sunscreen like our Ultimate Perfection tinted SPF, which provides SPF 50 and UVA/UVB protection with an all-day oil control, gentle hydration and age-defying antioxidant benefits. This means that you get the needed protection from the sun and provides a sheer healthy touch of color for all skin tones, concealing imperfections and minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pore size. Formulated with 16.2% micronized zinc oxide, it is oil free and antioxidant enriched. Sunscreen is a must have 365 days per year!

 

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Reference:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18349665