We’ve officially given up on denying the imminent seasonal change and accepted the fact that fall is arriving, for real. That means that some beauty preparations are in order, most of which revolve around switching up our skin care to reflect the rise of cooler, more drying weather. What with all the changes that should be made, it can all seem a bit treacherous—you mean we have to give up the moisturizer we’ve been using for months?—but that doesn’t mean it has to be. These are our top five tips for making the whole fall skin care transition process go just a little bit smoother.
Start using serum underneath your moisturizer.
Switching to thicker, creamier moisturizers come fall can be an adjustment, especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin: you want to add that extra hydration when skin is more prone to dehydration, but you also don’t want to overload it with rich ingredients that could potentially clog pores or cause breakouts, especially after a summer of wearing lightweight formulas. You may need that thick moisturizer once fall turns into winter, but in the meantime, just add a hydrating serum under your lighter-weight moisturizer. We’re all about Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum that goes on silky and pairs well with moisturizers—plus, it also comes in an oil-free iteration.
Add a moisturizing eye cream.
The thin, fragile skin under the eyes dries out so easily in cooler weather, so it’s important to keep it hydrated to prevent both signs of premature aging and your run-of-the-mill flaking and itchiness. SPF protection during the day is necessary all year round, but at night it’s best to use a rich hydrating formula to really let the moisture sink in. If you’re concerned with fine lines and wrinkles, snag an anti-aging formula like Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate (it really works!), but if you’re just looking to keep the area moisturized, try a multitasking formula like Origins Eye Doctor, which provides deep hydration and also helps to fight free radical damage.
Never skip sunscreen.
No matter your skin type, no matter the season, sunscreen is an absolute must—just because summer days spent outdoors have ended doesn’t mean you can leave your sun protection behind. If you have a hard time managing to wear sunscreen on the day-to-day, give different approaches a chance, like wearing a primer that contains SPF—we love La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50—or using COOLA Face SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray, which prevents makeup meltdown and provides sun protection.
Exfoliate gently—and proactively.
All skin types are going to get drier when the weather cools down, but that doesn’t mean you should stop exfoliating. Regular exfoliation with a gentle formula is the best way to fend off dead skin cells, which are major contributors to dryness and dullness. Twice-weekly exfoliation should suffice for the season, and be sure to choose a formula that’s not too grainy, which can create small tears in sensitized skin. Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion is fantastic for all skin types, since it exfoliates both chemically and physically, and it really helps to smooth skin texture and shrink pores.
Don’t neglect your body.
Newsflash: your face isn’t the only part of your body that needs to be tended to. If you don’t have naturally dry skin that looks and feels like it needs moisture, you may not even be aware that you’re suffering from dryness. To keep skin smooth and healthy, we like to exfoliate with a dry brush before we hop in the shower and apply a body lotion or cream as soon as we get out. We’re longtime enthusiasts of Skin Trip Mountain Ocean Coconut Moisturizer, the cult favorite formula that smells remarkably like coconuts (real coconuts, not the fake fragrance stuff!) and absorbs quickly enough that you barely have to wait before you put your pants on. Basically, it’s the best.
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