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We enlisted the skin experts at LovelySkin to weigh in on the changing seasons and how we need to adjust our skincare routine with each one. Read what they had to say.

When the weather fluctuates, we naturally change our wardrobe to stay comfortable and accommodate our bodies for the elements. Shifting seasons can bring about significant changes in your skin, and just as you switch your clothes, you may need to adjust your skin care products to keep your complexion balanced and healthy.

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 11.17.53 AMBefore we look at the skin concerns that often accompany each season, it’s important to note that everyone is different. Some individuals may not need to make significant changes to their skin care arsenal each season, while others may need to carry out a total overhaul. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all regimen, so you’ll want to examine your skin carefully—it should be able to tell you exactly what it needs. And remember, broad spectrum sun protection, like GOLDFADEN MD Sun Visor, is a must every day, rain or shine, no matter the season.


You may begin to notice skin dryness early on in autumn as cool, moisture-depleted air begins to take the place of humidity. When coupled with sun and chlorine damage leftover from summer, this cool air has the potential to leave skin uncomfortably tight. Fine lines and wrinkles may become more pronounced and skin may appear dull and lackluster. The vampy, matte makeup styles of fall may only pronounce the problem!

Winter is also famous for inducing excess dryness, but making the proper changes in the fall can prevent dry skin from growing itchy, flaky and irritated come December. First, amp up your moisture level by switching your summer lotion for a cream. Creams are thicker and tend to provide a stronger barrier against dehydration. Applying body lotion while skin is still damp after a shower is a great way to lock in moisture and maintain softness and suppleness. You’ll also want to exfoliate with GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub once or twice a week to remove any skin cells and dulling debris.


Harsh winds and cold, dry air can exacerbate the dryness of autumn and throw skin off balance. Excessive dryness may bring about redness, flakiness and irritation, and it may even prompt excess oil production, resulting in acne breakouts.

In addition to a day cream, you can add a rich night cream, like GOLDFADEN MD Regenerative Night Cream, to your regimen to help plump and hydrate skin while you sleep. You may also need to up your exfoliation, switching to GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub Advanced to smooth any rough patches and encourage a brighter complexion. Hands are prone to roughness and cracking in winter. In addition to wearing gloves when outdoors, you can apply GOLDFADEN MD Hands to Heart daily. Finally, adding GOLDFADEN MD Fresh A Peel to your routine can help provide additional exfoliation and reveal a radiant complexion.


Come spring, you’ll begin to recover from winter dryness without yet experiencing the oil-inducing humidity of summer. Skin that was hidden away under pants and long sleeves during the fall and winter months will be revealed again, and you may discover rough patches on the feet, knees and elbows.

You’ll want to continue exfoliating once a week to maintain a bright, even complexion, and in later spring you can trade your cream for a lotion for lightweight hydration. Focus on rough patches in stubborn areas of the body with GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub Advanced. Spring is a wonderful time to try new things and throw away any products that have expired. Check formulas to be sure they haven’t changed in color, smell or consistency and toss any sunscreens older than a year. Try GOLDFADEN MD Fleuressence Native Botanical Cell Oil to give skin a healthy glow and get it summer-ready.

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In summer, you may find yourself spending time outdoors nearly every day and enjoying frequent dips in the pool or ocean. Hotter temperatures can bring about heavy perspiration and oily skin, resulting in frequent breakouts. If you are prone to hyperpigmentation, sun exposure may induce dark spots and freckles or worsen symptoms of melasma.

Keep acne at bay by cleansing with GOLDFADEN MD Pure Start twice daily. You’ll also need to continue to exfoliate at least once a week to remove the bacteria responsible for blemishes and keep pores free of clogging debris. Many believe that oily skin eliminates the need for a moisturizer, but in actuality, skin exposed to air conditioning, chlorine and saltwater requires a lightweight lotion or serum. To keep skin plump and hydrated and strengthen it against environmental stressors, try GOLDFADEN MD Radical Difference. To address dark spots, you may need to add a lightening treatment, like GOLDFADEN MD Light Treatment, to your routine.

When faced with the task of rehabilitating skin between any season, choose GOLDFADEN MD Skin Renewal Starter Kit. The kit contains Doctor’s Scrub, Pure Start and Vital Boost to encourage a smooth complexion with a healthy, radiant glow.

Summertime brings sun, heat, humidity and dryness. Depending on which of these climates you live in you’ll need to adjust your daily regimen accordingly.

  • Heat can cause redness and inflammation. Look for a soothing anti-redness serum that contains calming ingredients such as Red Tea, Aloe or Camomile .
  • The sun of course is much stronger during the summer months and SPF must be worn everyday. Choose an SPF of 15-30 and reapply often. Sun exposure can cause skin to look dry, damaged, dehydrated and pigmented. Hydrating + nourishing the skin with anti-oxidants after being in the sun is imperative.
  • Humidity can be a friend to skin by providing hydration, but too heavy of a moisturizer can cause blocked pores and breakouts. For light weight hydration look for a dry balancing oil without silicones and remember to exfoliate.
  • Heat + Dryness: Climates that are hot and dry can cause skin to look wrinkled and dehydrated. This is an opportunity to add in a chemical exfoliator(Lactic or fruit acids) as to not over dry the skin followed by a hydrating oil.

How can exfoliating help?


Exfoliation is necessary during the summer. The affects of sun exposure, hyper pigmentation, dryness, oily skin and humidity can all be targeted with exfoliation. Exfoliation removes dead and damaged skin cells to reveal new skin. This new skin feels softer, smoother, and reflects light easier, making fine lines harder to see. Age spots and unwanted pigment are also less visible because the dead skin cells containing the pigment have been removed. Exfoliation aids in clogged pores by removing dirt and makeup and allows for the release of natural oils. Regular exfoliation decreases pore size and minimizes many types of superficial scars, while causing skin to look tighter, healthier, and more youthful.

How do you go about choosing the right exfoliator for your skin type?

Choosing the proper exfoliator is a personal preference and balancing act. The first step is identifying the skin concern or the ‘problem’. For example acne prone skin will do better with one type of exfoliator while sun damaged pigmented skin will do better with another. Listen to your skin as it will tell you if you are over exfoliating by getting redness, dryness or irritation. Remember not to over exfoliate if skin has been exposed to the sun or sea on that particular day as this can cause redness or irritation.

Physical exfoliants (scrubs) are extremely effective at targeting fine lines, pigmentation, acne, skin tone and roughness. A scrub must utilize an exfoliation vehicle that does not harm the skin, break capillaries or cause redness. Our Doctors Scrub is so effective due to the Ruby crystals that are used. Ruby Crystals are perfectly round and have no jagged edges like sugar or salt based scrubs. Doctors Scrub also contains hydrating emollients Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil and Apricot Kernel oil which all hydrate and nourish the skin. The outcome is glowing, hydrated clear skin. Scrubs can be used 2-4 times per week depending on the level of skin sensitivity.

Chemical exfoliants (peels or wipes) are acid and enzyme based and also very effective against certain skin concerns. Chemical exfoliators are very effective for sun damage, hyper-pigmentation and wrinkles. Lactic acid (found in our Fresh A Peel product) in particular, is extremely beneficial for sun damaged skin, dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. Lactic acid molecules are larger than Glycolic molecules so they don’t go as deep as fast, therefore targeting the top layers of the skin (where the darkness appears). Fruit enzymes are also effective and gentle for the summer.

Understanding the different Types of Exfoliators:

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Chemical exfoliation, which uses acids or enzymes to remove dead skin cells, is generally divided into three basic types: light, medium and deep. The first category of light chemical peels encompasses a wide variety of active ingredients, several of which bear mentioning here.

Among the most common types of light chemical peels are alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). The alpha hydroxy family of acids is derived from natural sources such as fruit, milk or sugar. Two of the most widely used in skin care products today are glycolic acid (made from sugar) and lactic acid (made from milk). Alpha hydroxy acid-based facial exfoliators are an excellent choice for people with oily skin. In general, beta hydroxy acid is a more effective treatment for acne prone skin. Beta-hydroxy acid (also called salicylic acid), is a synthetic derivative that comes from the same source as aspirin. Both AHAs and BHA work by combining with the structural lipids in your stratum corneum and dissolving them so that the dead skin cells break away.

People with very sensitive skin are often recommended to look for facial exfoliators that are enzyme-based.

Physical exfoliation utilizes a hard substance to manually remove the dead skin cells–think microdermabrasion. In general, choosing the right exfoliating physical scrub from all the commercial products on the market today depends a great deal upon the thickness and sensitivity of your skin. It’s important to remember that all kinds of particles can be used for exfoliation, and mainstream products encompass a wide and varied selection.

People with oilier complexions have larger sebaceous glands which makes their skin thicker and better able to tolerate larger, more abrasive particles such as pumice or magnesium oxide crystals. Those with drier, sensitive skin should generally use products with smaller granules such as jojoba beads or Ruby Crystals. Jojoba beads, derived from the seeds of the jojoba plant, are small and uniform in size and shape so they are less likely to irritate, cut or abrade your skin. This lessens the likelihood of tears happening in the skin.

There’s no doubt in my mind that regular exfoliation is absolutely essential to maintaining smooth skin and keeping wrinkles and discoloration at bay. Exfoliation is the base of all healthy-looking skin.

Social media, weddings, baby showers-seems there is always a picture being taken. Summer is here and with it comes parties, BBQs and vacations where you will be in one if not many pictures. We all want to the look the best we can even if its an impromptu selfie. Below are a few tips we borrowed from Rachel Zoe and a few others we came up with ourselves.


Image via Nothing Less Than Perfect 

Everyone should be consistently exfoliation and  if you know you’re going to be photographed get scrubbing! Face and body exfoliation reveals fresh, glowing skin and makeup goes on much smoother. If you’re not a fan of scrubs try an at home peel. Fresh A Peel is effective yet gentle and targets dark spots-a must for summer!

No more grease:Blotting papers are a must for every makeup bag. There are so many different types now to choose from. Make sure you blot instead of rubbing to avoid removing makeup. Our favorite is Tatcha!

Shine the right way: Invest in a highlighter and accentuate cheek bones, brow bones and shoulder bones. Our two favorites are BECCA for the face and Body Bling for the body. Body bling will add a wash-off bronze look with a glow. BECCA can be used just about everywhere and has a luminosity that looks gorgeous and ethereal in photos.

Tame frizzies: Humidity is not always friendly to hair and frizzies and fly aways can make a perfect outfit look messy.  If you’re in a pinch can use any lotion by rubbing a tin bit into hands and then just lightly smoothing the frizz areas. A dryer sheet also works very well.

Strike a pose: Might sound silly but striking a pose really does look good in a picture. You want to be captured having fun and looking happy, and over doing an expression can look more real in a picture. When posing for a picture always turn your body and head on a slight angle, this will elongate and narrow the way you look. If it is a full body shot, bend one knee into the other.