Switching Up your Skincare Routine for Fall
Now that fall is in full swing, it’s time to make a skincare switchup. Why? It’s simple: as the weather gets colder and the humidity drops, skin can get incredibly dry, which, in turn, makes it appear dull and lifeless. And while I’m a big believer that sticking with a product that works is the way to go, I always swap out certain products up as the seasons change. You wouldn’t wear denim shorts in the dead of winter or a chunky scarf in July, right? That’s how I like to think of my skincare.
PILE ON THE MOISTURIZER
When it comes to moisturizing, cooler temps call for more hydration – especially if you’re living somewhere where wind is a part of your everyday. I’ve posted about Drunk Elephant products before, and once I tried their Lala Retro Whipped Cream, I was even more obsessed. I love that you can use it day or night – it’s thick, but doesn’t make skin feel greasy.
LOVE YOUR LIPS
I’m a total sucker for a good tinted lip balm, especially come summer when my makeup routine consists of tinted moisturizer and mascara. But as the weather gets cooler, I find that the balms that work best are thick, moisturizing, and unscented. I love Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 because it literally creates a barrier on my lips, protecting it from cold weather and wind. You can actually feel it working.
While I tend to exfoliate year round, scrubbing up as the weather gets cooler is even more important. It not only helps dry, flaky skin, but it also stimulates natural oil production and allows the rest of your products to work more optimally. If you’re looking for something gentle enough to use everyday, Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant uses rice bran and enzymes to buff away dry skin without causing redness or irritation. It comes in a powder form, so you just have to add a bit of water to activate it. For something a little stronger, I recommend Arcona’s Cranberry Gommage. I like to leave it on for 5 minutes after scrubbing because it’s brightening, too.
OPT FOR A CREAM CLEANSER
While I tend to use a foaming cleanser during the summer to rid my skin of things like sunscreen and oils, for colder weather, I typically opt for a cream cleanser. Cream cleansers are much more gentle and don’t strip the skin of its natural oils. iS Clinical’s Cream Cleanser features safflower seed and coconut oils to hydrate and protect skin, and the texture is super-rich. The best part is the fact that you can double up and use it as an eye makeup remover (this is exactly why I’m packing it for my honeymoon).
My favorite serum for dry skin is Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum. I apply it the moment I get out of the shower to allow it to really soak in. This serum features an ingredient called purslane, which is full of antioxidants and has more omega-3s than fish oil. I swear I noticed my skin looking and feeling softer and more hydrated after just a few uses.
REACH FOR THE RETINOL
While retinol is one of my go-to products, it’s not the best to use during summer because it’s not recommended to be in the sun too often with it on your skin. That said, during fall and winter, I make a reach for it on the regular. Retinol is powerful and potent, fighting signs of aging, promoting a deeper exfoliation, and making skin smoother, more refined, and clear of blemishes and redness. My girl crush (and skin care expert extraordinaire) Shani Darden’s Resurface Retinol Reform is the best of the best.
DON’T FORGET YOUR EYES
Like I said before, creamier and thicker is better when it comes to skincare for cooler temps – especially around delicate areas like the eyes. The skin around your eyes is super-thin, meaning that adding extra hydration will keep bags at bay. I love isClinical’s Youth Eye Complex because it smoothes, brightens, and moisturizes without irritating. Oh, and it works on lips, too.
Last but definitely not least, when it comes to my body, I pretty much think of it like my face. I exfoliate more often and opt for products that are more moisturizing (I love a thick body butter and a super-moisturizing body oil!). I also switch out my fragrance with something stronger since scents don’t evaporate as easily when the weather’s dry.
Which beauty swaps do you make for autumn?
I’d love to hear your fall skincare tips and tricks!