Next up on the Q&A track, adjusting your skincare to deal with between season weather swings, like right now! This week alone NYC has gone from basically perfect Fall-like 70s back to holy humid near 90s. That’s not even taking into account the sub-zero temps in most office buildings, so it’s really no surprise that our skin wouldn’t know how to react. Here, my best advice on how to avoid an unwanted shine situation.
The single best way to deal with seasonal skincare issues is by preparing in advance. Keep your vanity stocked with a variety of products designed to zap oil and get your complexion back on track, like Philosophy’s Total Matteness Cleanser & Serum. This oil-absorbing duo works fast, and those are exactly the type of products you want on-hand when you need to react quickly. Plus, I love that the cleanser doubles as a weekly mask.
If you’re prone to blemishes when things starts heating up, then cooling down, then heating up again, you won’t regret having bliss Steep Clean Matifying Toner Pads stashed away. I use these along my jaw line or T-zone whenever I feel (or see) a bump starting. To get the full benefits, be sure to use both sides of the toner pad to help gently exfoliate and deliver breakout busting ingredients right where you need them.
When you want instant grat from enlarged pores that seem to have doubled in size overnight, reach for Clinique’s Pore Refining Instant Perfector. It comes in two shades or an invisible brightening formula (my pick), and as soon as you apply it, you’ll see a difference in your complexion that always leaves me breathing a sigh of relief.
If you’re anything like me, when it’s the least bit humid and/or I’m dealing with blemishes and other weather-induced craziness, I have a really hard time using my regular moisturizer. In my head, any creme or lotion is just going to feel too heavy. So, to get hydration and anti-aging benefits in a super lightweight formula, I use Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone Gel Lotion. It’s just a lovely as it sounds.
Whenever we’re in transition, I feel like it’s even more important to exfoliate. And since this is a skincare step I’m not always great at, Ahava Facial Mud Exfoliator has become a shower staple regardless of the season. What I love the most, it cleanses and purifies the skin in the gentlest, most non-scrubby exfoliator way ever!
Finally, no matter how many precautionary steps you take, it’s always good to have backup. That’s why I advise carrying M.A.C. Blot Powder with you at all times. I think of it kind of like a life preserver for those times when your skincare just can’t take the heat. It absorbs excess surface oil without leaving a trace, so you’ll never have to fret about shine control again.