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While we feel summer holidays were not necessary what we call holidays, Autumn is already knocking at our door. As every month of September, there is one important thing you need to take care of: your complexion. No matter if you have the perfect skin, sensitive skin or have spent all summer under the sun and other natural elements, September is the perfect time to cultivate the art of perfect complexion. In this beauty blog, you will find tips to help you manage it. C’est cadeau!

Tip #1: Pay attention to your water

For many years, there was a big trend about “soft water”. Soft water is water that is low in calcium and magnesium ions as well as other various minerals. Soft water is naturally less abrasive and often used for washing clothes or cleaning electronic devices because it doesn’t leave a mineral residue. However, soft water has several disadvantages as well. It will not remove easily the soap or other shower gels perfectly from your skin. Is it a problem? Yes. If your skin maintain constantly a certain level of soap, this will procure dryness and also irritation. If your water is soft you might want to use a gentle soap that will minimize the number of remaining residues on your skin. You can also use non-soap formulas to help. I could write a whole post about how to clean your skin with milk, oatmeal, sugar or even honey, but for this time I will focus on interesting products:

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Extra-Mild
The extra mild liquid face soap is ideal for dry to very dry skin. Clinique’s famous soap, dermatologically developed in liquid form, prepares the skin for the exfoliating effect of the Clarifying Lotion. In a practical pump-bottle.


AHAVA Purifying Mud Soap
Le savon purifiant à la boue Purifying Mud Soap de AHAVA est enrichi en Osmoter et en boue minérale extraits de la mer morte. Sans toutefois utilisé des produits nettoyants agressifs, ce savon à base de boue élimine la saleté, les impuretés et l’excès de sébum. Il rend la peau fraîche et restaure son pH naturel.


Tip #2: Clean your face every single day

Ideally, you should wash your face twice a day: in the morning before your daily beauty routine and in the evening when you get home. You can use a special cleanser in order to remove all residues. This is crucial in the morning as applying your daily cream and your make up on a dirty skin is definitely not something you want to do. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol. Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything other than your fingertips can irritate your skin. Resist the temptation to scrub your skin because scrubbing irritates the skin.

La Prairie Micellar Water Eyes Face
A perfect complexion begins with perfectly clean skin. Purified, detoxified, moisturised skin is the clear canvas on which the very art of beauty rests. Crystal Micellar Water Eyes Face is an essential, one-gesture cleansing ritual that combines Liquid Crystal technology with the indulgence of pure, clear Swiss glacier water to leave skin perfectly pristine.


Lancôme Purifying Brightening Gel Cleanser
This cleanser gently removes impurities, dirt and other residues from the skin without removing essential hydration. Enriched with Grand Rose extracts, the formula transforms from a refreshing gel texture into a slightly foaming milk that gently clarifies the complexion and refines the appearance of the skin.

Tip #3: Use a Serum as a powerful friend to your skin

Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that contain a higher concentration of active ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and vitamin C) than typical facial moisturizers. Known for their effectiveness, face serums are often used to manage specific skincare concerns, such as wrinkles. The serum is particularly suited to this task because it is made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin. 

Sisley Sisleÿa Firming Concentrated Serum
With this Serum, the skin is covered, tightened, as if lifted, the face is less marked. After 2 months, the firming efficiency is spectacular: the contours are sharper. The skin is redensified, plumped and the cheeks are reshaped. The perceived age has visibly decreased.


Shiseido Power Infusing Concentrate
It works on all skin types and fits into many skincare routines. On its own, Ultimune is a powerful serum. Used as a pre-treatment, it enhances the effects of other serums and moisturisers on top. Shiseido dedication to research and innovation has allowed creating a product that performs quickly while being easy and pleasurable to apply. 


Tip #4: Protect your skin from the Sun

Where there is sun there is life. Humans as well as all living creatures need the light of the sun. But let’s not forget that catching too much sun without the proper protection is also bad for your skin. The UV rays actually damage your skin cells. Even a mild sunburn can destroy the top layer of skin, which is bad for healthy living. Your skin is the body’s first layer of defence, and you need to protect it. Too much sun accelerates skin ageing and can create other problems. The depletion of the ozone layer has increased our risk of sun damage from harmful UV rays. Sunscreen helps prevent discolouration and dark spots from sun damage, helping you maintain a smoother and more even skin tone.

Sisley Sunleÿa Gel Age Minimizing Global Sun Care
This product acts as a real anti-aging skin shield in the sun to prevent wrinkles, spots, dehydration and sagging skin, while allowing a luminous and lasting tan. Une action anti-âge innovante grâce à une association d’actifs puissants qui aident à préserver la peau du vieillissement photo-induit 


Estée Lauder – Perfectionist Pro’ Multi-Defense SPF 45 Sunscreen
next-generation protection, made with 100% mineral-based sunscreen. Professionally inspired treatment helps safeguard the healthy beauty of your skin with a holistic 3-in-1 approach, fighting the visible effects of indoor and outdoor environmental assaults – UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Defense in a smooth, lightweight fluid.


Tip #5: Find the perfect foundation

September is a beautiful month to take care of your foundation. After your sun-kissed skin of last summer, you need to take care of your complexion before winter. One of the secrets of the perfect foundation is to start with a clean canvas. Your foundation will only look as good as the skin underneath, so maintaining a consistent skincare routine is key. Obviously, there is not a single perfect foundation for your skin. Depending on the weather and if you are tanned or not, you might need to choose several ones.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer SPF 15
Natural-looking colour perfects the complexion in this dewy foundation and exquisitely matched concealer, infused with Caviar Extract. The luxurious cream emulsion offers full coverage and the concealer camouflages under-eye darkness and deeper imperfections.


MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15
A modern lightweight, natural matte foundation with shine-controlling, medium-to-full buildable coverage and 24-hour wear – available in an all-inclusive, colour-true range of 63 shades. This modern matte, liquid foundation combines medium-to-full buildable coverage with broad spectrum SPF 15 protection. 


I hope you will find inspiration in this article. There is no magical formula. Each one of us needs to find the right combination that will fit your daily routine and also your skin type. From Clinique to Sisley, La Prairie or Estée Lauder, all these brands are very expert and have studied the true nature of the skin in order to propose amazing formulas with great benefits. But in the end, healthy life will remain key to the future of your skin. Eat well, sleep well, avoid stress and treat your skin.

José Amorim
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