The seasons they are a’changing and it is time to switch up my skincare. So here comes this Fall Skincare Edit with the products that are going to be my routine in the next colder months. Out goes the extra SPF, in come the chemical exfoliators.
I have been steadily working through the samples I brought with me after moving and it is finally time to dig into my new stash. The main theme for this Fall is to brighten, exfoliate, fight aging and balancing my oily skin. Therefore the ingredients that you’ll be seeing in these products are Vitamin A (retinol) and Salycilic Acid (beta hydroxy acid, BHA). The reason why I am only starting on these products now, is that as they exfoliate the skin, they leave it very sensitive to UV rays and it is strongly recommended to avoid sun exposure while using them. With this in mind, I will use the retinol products only at night, and applying a moisturizer with SPF during the day.
Paula’s Choice Redness Relief cleanser, exfoliant and moisturizer*
I have been reading Paula’s BeautyPedia for a long time as resource for expert reviews on all the products around. So i have naturally always been intrigued by a line of skincare formulated in a lab by someone who really knows the ingredients. I was gently asked by a wonderful lady at Paula’s Choice whether I wanted to try some of their products. Once I said yes, I was sent a line of products suited to my skin type. I have combination-oily skin with very sensitive cheeks and mild rosacea. The line she suggested is the Calm Redness Relief, formulated with 1% salicylic acid to gently fight impurities, exfoliate and deep cleanse the pores. This line includes a cleanser, a lotion/toner and a moisturizer with SPF 30.
Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum*
I was lucky enough to receive this serum to test just last week and it fits perfectly in my new routine. The Valentia Night Revive Retinol serum is a retinol-based serum that contains additional natural ingredients to boost the anti-ageing effects. These added ingredients are vitamin C as anti-oxidant, vitamin E for hydration and squalane from olive oil to further nourish the skin. On paper this ingredient list seems amazing and I am expecting great results. The serum is a milky white fluid and is best applied after cleansing and before moisturizing.
La Roche Posay Redermic R Anti-ageing concentrate and eye cream
I tried a sample of the La Roche Posay Redermic R eye cream and have been honestly in love with it ever since. Finally I took the leap and bought the full size and (to reach free shipping of course) decided to try the Anti-Ageing Concentrate from the same line. The Redermic R line contains retinol and and beta-lipohydroxy acid (LHA, a form of salicylic acid) to fight signs of ageing delivering retinol deep into the skin. I am going to use the eye cream at night, in combination with the Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream during the day. For the concentrate, it is suggested both as serum or stand alone product, so I will use it as a serum during the day under my moisturizer with SPF.
These above are the hero product that I hope will train my skin and improve texture and appearance over the cold months. However, my skincare routine cannot be complete without a makeup remover. After finishing my The Body Shop Camomile butter (i rave about it here) I am starting on the Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth cleanser that I heard so much about. I found it a TJ Maxx half off and decided to give it a try. It is a thick buttery consistency that melts the makeup off and is removed by a hot muslin cloth. It is quite similar to the Body Shop one, so I expect to love it as much.
I cannot go to bed without slathering my face with an oil. My favorite ones are The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oil (review here) and the Pai Rosehip Oil. I have a new bottle of the latter to start, and I know it will serve me well. I am now finishing a sample of the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and I absolutely adore it, but it is slightly out of my budget right now.
Finally, I have had the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub waiting to be used for a while. It is a physical and chemical exfoliator with microparticles, glycolic and salicylic acids that acts like a deep cleanse for the skin. Depending on how my skin reacts and feels with all these new exfoliating products, I will use it as a treatment once a week.
So here is the lineup of products that will compose my Fall skincare routine. Some of these products have been sent to me to review and test (marked with a *), and they are now going into rotation. You’ll see reviews in the coming months once I get a good idea of how they are working on my skin.
Do you change your skincare with the change of season?