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We are officially in between seasons, it’s not quite fall just yet but it’s also not quite summer and while transitioning into colder weather is one of my favorite times for fashion and food, it can be really harsh on our skin. I am someone who does really well with consistency, both with the products I use and also with weather. Temperature transitions are hard because our skin feels a change and reacts in order to protect itself. 

When the temperature starts to get colder it’s common for our skin to feel confused, in my case I find my skin produces more oil. There is less humidity in the air, which can be drying and my skin goes into “defense” mode and produces more oil. The oil builds up and next thing you know I have a few little friends (pimples). During the change in season our bodies shift as well and that can cause breakouts, dry spots and just a general confusion in the skin department. Here are the ways I avoid too much mayhem and keep my skin happy. 

Time for a microdermabrasion and facial: 

I swear by getting my skin cleaned at the hands of a professional every 4-6 weeks, but I realize that is not the case for most. Now is the time to get a good cleaning, and a good exfoliation. Microdermabrasion or hydra dermabrasion (which is included in a HydraFacial treatment) is the most effective way to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, allowing your pores to breathe and in turn reducing breakouts, scarring and wrinkles. For those who do not get facials regularly I definitely recommend going at the change of season, especially between summer and fall. 

Oil or Balm Cleanser: 

Switching from your routine gel cleanser to an oil based cleanser is key at pulling dirt and bacteria away from skin. In the summer months we tend to get more congested and when the temperatures drop that congestion wants to be released. Using an oil or balm cleanser will pull out the congestion leaving you with clear, glowing skin. You may have a 1 week period where the skin will “purge” let it happen and stick with it. Better to get it out of the way than having routine break outs for the next 3-4 months. Here are some of my favorite Balm Cleansers or Oil Cleansers. 

AHA or Retinols: 

Acids and retinols are often avoided during the summer months due to the possibility of sun sensitivity. Now is the time to add them back in or incorporate them into your routine. I like to use AHA lotion on my skin in the morning, before my vitamin C and use a retinol at night. This really helps keep my skin clear and is also very anti aging.  Click here to see my favorite AHA products and Retinols

Switch up your probiotic: 

Now is a good time to change up the strain of probiotic you are using. If you don’t already take a probiotic daily, now would be a great time to start. Probiotics have tons of health benefits, including boosting the immune system as well as incredible skin and beauty benefits. It’s important to switch up your probiotics to feed your gut with different bacterias.

Don’t forget to moisturize: 

It goes without saying that as the weather gets cooler it’s important to moisturize. If you avoid using moisturizer in the summer months now is the time to add it back. I am loving the Water bank Cream from Laneige during this transition period. It is super hydrating but has a light texture. 

These are my go-to tips for the moment, exfoliation is key and I think investing in a professional treatment to do so properly is worth it! Let me know some of your skin saving tips to transition into fall! 

Katherine Garbarino, AKA KGMTL, has been building her online presence for the past 3 years. An open book about almost everything, KG’s voice has become a household sound, with an incredible and dedicated fanbase; obsessed with her knowledge of health, wellness, fashion and fitness.

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