We probably don’t have to tell you that seasonal changes can affect your skin — but on a scale of one to ten, the summer-to-autumn transition is an eleven when it comes to wreaking havoc on our skin.
Like clockwork, when the leaves begin to fall, many of us begin to see new (and frustrating) skin conditions pop up. From breakouts and poor texture to dryness and newly formed wrinkles, the timing is no coincidence.
Without further ado, the RÖ Autumn Edit (read: this season’s skin bible) is here to help you repair and renew autumn skin fast.
Some of the most common complaints we hear is that skin can feel dryer, more sensitive or “tight” during the transition from summer to autumn.
With dramatic shifts in atmospheric moisture paired with the dry air from our indoor heating systems, the skin’s natural oil barrier can easily break down at this time of year. Without this protective layer, our skin’s water content is allowed to evaporate from its surface. This is what we skin pros call transepidermal water loss (TEWL).
When not addressed, TEWL can lead to more serious issues quickly, like breakouts, rosacea flare-ups, and premature skin ageing.
To heal skin that is already showing the signs of TEWL and to smoothly transition into cooler weather, here are our top picks for reinstating your skin’s natural moisture levels.
DMK Seba E Oil
Healing vitamin E, oat kernel, magnolia and rose oils are expertly formulated to mimic the natural composition of moisturising factors in our skin for maximum replenishment. We find that this anti-inflammatory complex almost instantly smooths skin roughness and flakiness while soothing redness. The bio-identical nature of these moisturising molecules allows for a deep delivery into the skin’s epidermal layers which has a plumping and smoothing effect on fine lines and wrinkles too.
It’s worth noting that dehydrated skin (lack of water) and dry skin (lack of oil) can happen to anyone during autumn, regardless of your skin’s usual disposition. Dropping temperatures create fluctuations in humidity between the crisp, dry outdoor weather and our heated homes and workplaces, affecting all skin types. It’s true — even oily, acne-prone skin needs barrier protection (oftentimes even more than others)!
DMK Beta Gel
This reparative formula is a great match for anyone experiencing dryness or dehydration, but we especially love it for those who need relief from reactive, sensitive skin. Key ingredient beta-glucan draws in atmospheric hydration and prevents TEWL, while safflower oil soothes irritation without clogging pores.
Most importantly, the signalling amino acids, oligo and palmitoyl peptides in this impressive formula instantly block inflammation triggers. This makes it a great option for those with breakouts or rosacea since inflammation from barrier disruption is the main precursor for those conditions. We even suggest it for use immediately after sunburn has occurred.
PRO TIP: Layer Seba E Oil over top of Beta Gel to lock in hydration and reduce inflammation even faster.
ENVIRON Focus Care+ Vita Enriched Colostrum Gel
One of the most impressive active ingredients available to skin professionals is the bovine-derived colostrum found in this product – a nourishing complex of healing antibodies and growth factors the assist in cell regeneration and supporting the skin’s natural barrier defence systems.
The innovative formula is a RÖ favourite year-round, but it really shines during the summer to autumn seasonal transition. That’s because it provides the essential nutrition needed for depleted or sensitized skin, revitalizing and calming the skin all at once. Plus, it has the ability to reduce inflammation within 24 hours.
Phytoestrogens help plump up depleted, sagging skin, skin tone and firmness are improved, and signs of barrier disruption (including textured skin) are quickly reversed.
“Brilliant for reducing texture and visible pore size!”
— Claire RÖ SKIN Co-Founder
Another autumn skin consideration often overlooked are the changes we make in our diets this time of year. We swap out cold water for dehydrating hot tea and coffee, and our fresh fruit and vegetable intake wane in favour of comforting (often inflammatory) foods.
If you don’t think your internal health is as important as the products you use to support your skin, think again. These changes to our diet can quickly result in flaky, dehydrated and dull skin simultaneously causing excess oil production, breakouts and irritation.
Do these autumn skin issues sound familiar?
Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Omegas +
Our go-to solution is Skin Omegas+ from ANP. It’s a supplement that quickly delivers omegas 3 and 6 from balancing evening primrose, and regenerative, sustainable, pure refined fish oil.
These critical nutrients for our cognitive function also work on the skin from the inside out to balance the delicate moisture barrier and protect from further environmental damage. They are powerful, essential building blocks for skin health, helping to replenish and prevent future TEWL by reducing the inflammation that leads to sensitised skin and breakouts.
“We see our clients achieve clear, vibrant, calm skin when they start using Skin Omegas+ in a very short period of time”
— Clare RÖ SKIN Co-Founder
PRO TIP: RÖ clients are always advised to pair this super supplement with a multivitamin like ANP’s Skin Vital for its cofactors and enzymes which will amplify the efficiency of the omegas.
Aside from the obvious causes of seasonal skin issues — like change in temperature and diet — autumn is also when we’re beginning to see a lot of the damage done over the summer months from UV and other environmental exposure.
As we covered here, the sun does a lot more than create unwanted wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Enlarged pores, uneven texture and ruddiness are all telltale signs of photodamage. As September turns into October and that sunkissed tan begins to fade away, our skin cells generated in the summer months finally reach the surface of the skin — revealing the damage that was done.
The thing is: over time, it gets more and more difficult to correct this damage. Depending on your age, you might even be noticing this already. So if you’re thinking it may finally be time to invest in your skin and commit to making some big changes, this is the season to do it!
If you’re thinking it may be finally time to invest in your skin and commit to making big changes, autumn is the right time to do it!
With the winter months ahead of us and limited opportunities to expose skin to the sun, you’ll see optimal results when you invest in your skin at this time of year. If you’re noticing any of the conditions we’ve listed, it’s time to consider fractional laser treatment.
Pearl Fractional Laser
Getting started with laser treatments can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be when you’re in the right hands — and when those hands have the best tools and technology available.
Created by physician-trusted Cutera®, Pearl Fractional is well known as the gold standard of fractional lasers. It works by targeting deep dermal imperfections with its controlled laser wavelength exclusive to Pearl — offering the best combination of safety, patient experience and recovery time.
It is uniquely effective for treating the delicate periorbital area (around the eyes) and perioral (around the mouth). Notoriously difficult to correct with topical skincare alone, these delicate areas often show the first signs of ageing.
By activating your skin’s regeneration process in order to replace sun-damaged tissues, this laser is FDA approved for treatment of fine lines, deep-set wrinkles, lax skin, scarring, textural problems and large open pores.
Though it does require some downtime (7-10 days), it has been designed with the client experience in mind, and in many cases, full results can be seen within one treatment. Once healed, your skin will look and feel as though completely renewed and glowing from within.
*To find out if Cutera® Pearl Fractional Laser is the best option for your skin, a consultation is required. Book here.
Considering an advanced, results-driven treatment like the Pearl Fractional Laser, but feeling a little hesitant about the healing time? We have you covered.
Omnilux LED Professional Treatments
When it comes to weathering the autumn skin transition and speeding up the skin’s regeneration process, another fall favourite of RÖ’s is the Omnilux’s in-clinic LED therapy. Added to any professional treatment, this dermatologist-approved, FDA-cleared technology helps refine skin texture, reduce inflammation, balance oil production and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
By activating each cell’s energy centre using specialized wavelengths for different conditions of the skin, LED is a proven, non-invasive technology that has a consistent record of results in skin healing. The treatment assists in maintaining the healthy growth of cells and other natural biological functions that can otherwise slow with age or physical trauma.
This is why athletes and skin experts alike love the healing benefits of this relaxing treatment addition. Unlike non-visible (UV) light that causes damage to cell DNA, LED light therapy is a safe form of visible light that has therapeutic benefits to the skin and our bodies. It’s also why we highly recommend this regenerative, non-invasive treatment for post-fractional laser to speed up the healing process.
There you have it — the RÖ Autumn edit. Our top tips for seamlessly transitioning your skin into the new season with increased moisture and water-loss protection. Served up with a side of internal nutrients for sustained skin health and the advanced expertise that RÖ is known for on regenerative treatment for the difficult-to-treat conditions we all experience in the cooler months of the year!