How does your skincare ritual shift for fall and the cooler months ahead?
In fall and winter my oily skin tends to dry out a bit. I use more products in general for my face, body and everywhere. Summer is all about sun, beach, glow and less is more. In winter I need to pile on the products so my skin doesn't dry out. I love to layer my products so there's always a rotation of serums. In summer I love the Vitamins C+E Ferulic from Marie Veronique and in winter I use the Soothing B3 and the Barrier Restore. I also change my oil from a lighter oil like the Marie Veronique Treatment Oil to a heavier one like the Marie Veronique Barrier Lipid Complex in fall and winter. Depending on how my skin is feeling I might layer a balm on top from Province Apothecary, Josh Rosebrook or Max and Me. In summer my priority is SPF and in winter I get a little lax about it. Also in summer I take a break from using my retinol and resume again in the fall and winter.
What would you say is the most impactful singular change someone can make to feeling better in their skin? And why?
Tough but good question. I think the most impactful thing is knowing yourself, what kind of person are you, asking yourself what your priority is with your skin, what makes you feel good, how much time and money do you have to devote to your skincare. Try not to compare yourself to others and get caught up by what others are doing to their skin or what you see on social media. I have clients who never cleanse their skin and have the most beautiful skin. Good food is always a good idea not only for skin but for overall health, mood and mental health. Try eating more veggies. You can never go wrong with more veggies in your life. And drink more water because everyone in New York City is dehydrated.
What is your go to when your skin is feeling less than stellar?
When my skin is feeling blah I like to either exfoliate, mask or use my retinol serum. I love the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, the Tata Harper Resurfacing Cleanser or the Lesse Mask.
What do you wish more people knew about skincare and clean beauty?
I think clean beauty is highly effective. I think there is still a misconception that if your skincare is not burning or peeling off a layer of your skin that it's not working but I would like to change that. There is a tendency in New York and America in general to overdo it with both skincare and treatments, sometimes doing less is more. Try thinking of your skin as an organ and keeping it healthy and strong for your whole lifetime.