The File · Transeasonal Beauty: How And When To Switch Up Your Skincare
It’s time to have a little small talk about the weather; about how the seasons change and are always changing and how these changes require swift action on our behalf to prevent our faces from puckering with heat and frost. That’s a lot of change, we know. And change can be scary, like when the producers of The Crown decide to switch out the entire cast with fresh faces and you don’t know who is who or what is what or what anything even means anymore.
According to our go-to dermal therapist, Melanie Grant, who also happens to be behind the angelic complexions of many a supermodel, a chemical exfoliator “dissolves the glue that holds dead skin cells together, thus allowing them to come away…leaving a glow-y, smooth, polished complexion without scrubbing.” Really, you’d be mad not to subscribe to this beauty MO all year round – though not all chemicals were created equal. While you’re sweating up a storm in the summertime go for an oil soluble AHA solution, like salicylic acid, to keep pores unclogged and oil free. For skin ravaged by snow storms, red wine and nights of interminable passion by the fireplace, opt for a BHA, like a lactic acid – it’ll gently slough away dull skin while increasing hydration levels and collagen production sans irritation