As much as we love summer’s heat and humidity, the damage it’s left on our face? Not so much. Precisely why we’re jumping into fall with a new focus on our skin care. Think formulas that actually work for better hydration, even tone, anti-aging and everyday glow ... and you get the idea. To help you achieve the same, here’s a look at our top 10 picks. —Aurea Dempsey
protect stick sunscreen. Since sun protection is a year-round must, this SPF 30 stick by Beautycounter ($22) makes perfect sense. Containing nourishing organic cocoa butter and non-nano zinc oxide, it’s completely free of anything toxic and doesn’t compromise on quality.
aromessence neroli hydrating oil serum. For cold and windy days, this all-natural face oil serum from Decléor ($80) provides a beautiful hit of hydration with a boost of radiance, too. Featuring sandalwood, petitgrain, sage, parsley and juniper berry, simply warm two drops in the palms of your hands every morning.
everlasting compact. For a flawless looking and feeling complexion, Clarins' high-performing foundation ($41) gets the job done, and then some. Providing 15-hour coverage, it luminates and nourishes while hiding redness, fine lines and imperfections. Small and lightweight, its compact size goes anywhere.
anti-aging supplement. If beauty starts within, Lumity's anti-aging supplement ($115) has supermodel status. Containing essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, you get two formulas: one for AM and one for PM. Along with noticeably improved skin, hair and nails, it promotes better sleep (and hey, if it’s good enough for Helena Christensen ... ).
c e ferulic. For extreme antioxidant power, this multi-tasking, highly concentrated formula of pure vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid by SkinCeuticals ($170) is the ticket. Not only does it target fine lines and wrinkles, it firms, brightens and neutralizes damaging free radicals. Yep, pretty much everything but the kitchen sink.
divine cleansing balm. L’Occitane has blended its famous Immortelle essential oil from Corsica, known for its anti-aging properties, with vitamin E in this revolutionary new cleanser ($49). Not only that, the balm texture transforms into a soft, nourishing oil to remove makeup and leave skin hydrated and silky smooth.
hydrextreme. A grand-prize winner in beauty innovation, this coveted cult-favourite serum ($72) hydrates, plumps and restores skin while providing extreme moisturization without clogging pores. Like all Consonant formulas, it contains absolutely no harmful ingredients, and is clinically proven to work.
resveratrol 3% + ferulic acid 3%. Because you want results like, now, this formula by The Ordinary ($8) contains very high concentrations of two of the most powerful and important antioxidants in skin care: resveratrol and ferulic Acid. Safe to use daily and with no Rx required, it knocks the majority of anti-agers out of the park.
hydra-defense hydrating gel and cream. Whether you do the gel (for combo to oily skin) or cream (for normal to dry skin), these innovations from Cliniderm ($30 each) boast PatchH2O tech that creates a barrier against environmental aggressors like dry air, wind and temperature changes (so skin will be ready for winter and beyond).
dermo cosmetic moisturizing lotion. New from Karen, this "lotion from the ocean" ($40) contains phytoplankton—packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and a laundry list of other nutrients—to infuse new life into skin and eliminate the toughest skin conditions (even after a whole summer's worth of water sports!).