How to Switch Up Your Skin Care for Fall

Victoria Moorhouse
seasonal skin care

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Does Fall have anything to do with skin care? Sweater weather does big things for your wardrobe,—but the change of season can make an impact on your skin care routine, too. From SPF usage to the importance of hydrating ingredients (shoutout to seasonal dryness), there’s a few things you need to know to switch up your routine and face Autumn head on. Check out these brilliant seasonal skin care tips from dermatologist Dr. Francesca Fusco to get in the know.

Don’t skimp on the SPF. You definitely still need it.
Like a classic red lip, SPF is seasonless—which means you need to be using it all year long, no matter the temps outside. However, Dr. Fusco says that if you’re not outside all the time, you can use a moisturizer with SPF in the morning after cleansing instead of reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours. And of course, this all depends on where you live. 85 degrees in November? Break out that sunblock and reapply constantly. At night, you can apply regular moisturizer after cleansing.

Look for ingredients that boost moisture
One of the downsides of fall’s arrival? Dry skin. You can help prevent this annoying skin condition by looking for moisturizers and cleansers that have serious hydrating ingredients. “Humectants are magnets for moisture—look for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and layer them with moisture onto skin,” says Dr Fusco. “They seal in moisture and even draw ambient moisture from the environment to the skin.”

Lighten up new sun spots and freckles.
We all know about the dangers of getting too much sun—and dark spots are just one of the undesirable results. Luckily, there are some things you can do to decrease the visibility of these marks. “Take a two-fold approach to speedily lighten them–perk up skin and unclog pores with the use of a daily gentle exfoliator, and lighten spots with a topical serum,” says Dr. Fusco. “Cosmedix Serum with Retinol ($78, is gentle enough and has the benefit of tightening pores.”

Use an eye cream,
Of the essentials you need to have going into Fall, eye cream is a big one. Dr. Fusco says that the skin under the eyes is the most sensitive and—get this—experiences dryness faster than any other part of the body.

Keep an exfoliator in stock.
You should have been doing this all summer long, but Dr. Fusco explains this is a product must-have for the new season. “As the dead leaves fall, so must your dull dead skin,” she notes. “My favorite is First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish Cleanser ($24,”

Invest in a moisturizing body cleanser.
Give the rest of your body some needed TLC—and save it from dryness that comes along with cooler temperatures– by using a moisturizing wash. Dr. Fusco suggests Dove Body Wash ($7.99,, something you can find at your nearest drugstore.

Don’t forget your scalp.
Fun fact: the scalp is skin and experiences dryness with the change of the seasons, too. To combat any flaky conditions caused by the weather or even indoor heat, Dr. Fusco says to apply a soothing product like CLEAR Scalp & Hair Intense Hydration Conditioner ($5.59, to your scalp, as well as the lengths of your hair. If dandruff is your issue, pick a product with zinc pyrithione, like CLEAR Scalp & Hair Complete Care Nourishing Anti-Dandruff Shampoo ($6.79,, which helps maintain moisture on the scalp while making your hair gorgeously shiny.

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