It may be hard to digest, but our dewy complexions seem to disappear along with the summer sun. Sure, we’ve been known to complain about humid temps — but there’s no denying that a gal has to work a bit harder to retain a glow once the temps start to dip. So, to keep you from coasting into fall with the same, old, beauty routine, we asked five local experts for their ultimate skin-care picks to combat radiator heat, wind, frigid temps, and any other cruel condition that alters your gorgeous mug. Now, that’s a season we can look forward to!
Ali Staloch, lead aesthetician at Acchaa Spa
Eminence Sun Defense Minerals SPF 30
“With fall around the corner, I can’t stress enough the need to continually wear sunscreen faithfully. UVA rays are present year-round and penetrate through clouds, glass, clothing, and represent 95% of the rays that we are exposed to every day. Eminence Sun Defense Minerals is a sunscreen in a powder form, and not only is it oil- and paraben-free, it is completely transparent (no white residue) and leaves a sheer, radiant finish. Along with vitamins A and E, this sunscreen will also nourish and soothe the skin.”
EMINENCE SUN DEFENSE MINERALS SPF 30, $58, AVAILABLE AT SKIN1.
SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator
“This amazing serum offers equal amounts of hydration and exfoliation. After the dehydrating heat and sun exposure from the summer season, this serum is the perfect way to get your skin back into balance. Use twice a day after cleansing the skin, or mix a few drops in with a treatment mask or your favorite moisturizer to give it a boost. A little goes a long way with this product, so use sparingly.”
SKINCEUTICALS RETEXTURING ACTIVATOR, $73, AVAILABLE AT SKINCEUTICALS.
Cheryl Santucci, director of aesthetics, beauty, and retail for Mario Tricoci Salons & Day Spas
“I LOVE Juveel! It’s best used at night for intense repair and firming. It’s particularly amazing for pigmentation spots and uneven skin tone that can result from too much time spent in the summer sun.”
JUVEEL, $155, AVAILABLE AT ALL 13 MARIO TRICOCI SPAS.
emerginC Aromatic Cream Tea Cleanser
“I recommend switching to a gentle cleansing formula once the temps start to dip. This creamy cleanser features red, white, and green teas to calm and soothe. Added bonus: It also removes makeup.”
EMERGINC AROMATIC CREAM TEA CLEANSER, $37, AVAILABLE AT SKINSTORE.
Patricia Norcross, aesthetician at the Four Seasons Chicago
Circ-Cell Geothermal Clay Cleanser
“The Geothermal Clay Cleanser replaces summer gel cleansers that can dry the skin in winter months. It purifies and hydrates without stripping skin, it’s great for all skin types, and the essential oils invigorate during colder weather.”
CIRC-CELL GEOTHERMAL CLAY CLEANSER, $35, AVAILABLE AT SKINSTORE.
Själ Saphir Concentrate
“Swap out your lightweight summer hydrators for a barrier-protecting and nourishing face oil. I recommend Själ Saphir concentrate for intense hydration and repair. It’s excellent for dry and cold conditions, and provides barrier protection through essential oils such as meadowfoam and camilla seed. It also contains bio-marine algae, which is excellent for replenishing the skin.”
SJÄL SAPHIR CONCENTRATE, $175, AVAILABLE AT SJÄL.
Dr. Rachel Neems-Pritzker, Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology
Neocutis Journée Bio-Restorative Day Cream
“The blend of human growth factors and antioxidants will serve to improve the appearance of fine lines and protect against daily environmental factors. The added sunscreen component will protect against harmful UV rays for diminishing the formation of fine lines and future skin cancer. What I love: The product blends in nice and evenly and can be applied under your makeup for easy daily application.”
NEOCUTIS JOURNÉE BIO-RESTORATIVE DAY CREAM, $130, AVAILABLE AT CHICAGO COSMETIC SURGERY AND DERMATOLOGY.
“As the summer ends, it’s time to help diminish those pesky brown spots and melasma (brought on from pregnancy), which may have worsened over the sunny summer months. In addition to keeping up with a daily sunscreen, try a skin-brightening cream.”
“New to the market is Lytera from SkinMedica. This product differs from the other brightening products I have seen sold in doctor’s offices (or through prescriptions). Lytera does not contain the ingredient hydroquinone, making it less irritating and safe and easy to use over an extended period of time. The unique blend of ingredients plus antioxidants gives my patients a nice global brightening effect in addition to helping specific dark areas. What I love: It is an elegant cream boasting a refreshing, almond-like fragrance.”
LYTERA, $125, AVAILABLE AT CHICAGO COSMETIC SURGERY AND DERMATOLOGY.
Stacy Roney, Glossed & Found
Rodan + Fields Reverse Regimen
“After spending years laying out on my parents roof with tin foil and baby oil, I had lots of brown spots on my face — but The Reverse regimen removed all of it. Even so, at the end of each summer, I use it to clean up the new damage created over the summer so my skin tone is even and flawless for fall”
RODAN + FIELDS REVERSE REGIMEN, $160, AVAILABLE AT RODAN + FIELDS.
GlamGlow Mud Mask
“With fall comes dull-looking skin. Used by celebs for the red carpet, this facial mask will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft (with smaller-looking pores), and you will have a noticeable glow that lasts up to three days”
GLAMGLOW MUD MASK, $69, AVAILABLE AT NEIMAN MARCUS.
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