Pumpkin lattes, comfy sweaters and scarves, scarves and more scarves are no doubt on your list for this fall. We love that crisp fall air just as much as the next person, but drastic changes in weather can affect more than you think! While “seasonal skincare” might seem like just another sales gimmick, it’s actually not.
For your best skin, it’s actually important to consider the weather. If you want to keep your glow (or find it), minimize break outs, redness, irritation, chapped skin and dullness, you have to choose the right products to nurture and protect your skin throughout the drier, cooler months upon us when indoor air is also warm and lacking moisture. Below, find our favorite picks for transitioning from late balmy summer heat to the fall months.
A good start to your skincare routine is key to a strong finish. Things like sleeping in your makeup, not washing your face right after a workout or skipping a nightly face wash routine can have dire consequences, and can leave you with breakouts, hyper-pigmentation or premature signs of aging. La Bella Figura’s Gentle Enzyme Cleanser removes stubborn makeup and cleanses the skin without drying or causing pH imbalance. With skin soothing Aloe Vera and moisture retentive Cupuacu and Marfura Butters, this cleanser can be used to stimulate circulation with its activation of Pineapple and Papaya enzymes for exfoliation that won’t cause damage to your complexion. Creamy, luscious and nourishing, your skin will feel fresh, hydrated and well balanced for a revitalized, rosy glow.
Amp up your moisturizer
As the summer months come to a close, the skin on your face and body have to adjust to crisp, cooler air when they’ve been prompted for months to amp up oil production in warmer temps While a good scarf may feel like all you need at first, a good moisturizer will go a long way in toward keeping your skin happy. Kahina Giving Beauty’s Facial Moisturizer combines high concentrations of 100% organic argan oil with other naturally beneficial ingredients such as organic shea butter, sodium hyaluronate and organic beeswax to optimally hydrate and protect against harmful environmental stressors. This facial lotion also promotes suppleness and radiance, and works wonders to prep skin before applying makeup. Taking this first step will save you a lot of heartache (and skin-ache) down the road.
Exfoliate, don’t aggravate
“Doesn’t exfoliating make dry skin worse?” Short answer: No. Summer sun damage & increased oil production can lead to dead cell buildup on your skin, which can leave it feeling rough and looking dull and scaly. While lizards are beautiful, lizard-like skin on us really isn’t. Gressa’s Renewing Polish provides a highly effective balance of brightening, clarifying, exfoliating and moisturizing, using a blend of natural and organic, skin beneficial exfoliants, humectants, moisturizers and brighteners. The secret to its success is the synergy between rice enzymes, alpha hydroxy acid and Vitamin C.
Pack a little more punch with serum
We know you want to just go to bed and you don’t want to add another step to your nighttime routine. Trust us, if you think chapped lips are bad, you don’t want to find out what a chapped face feels like. Serum adds another layer of moisture to your skin while you sleep. Kari Gran’s Essential Serum is a potent blend of 15 plant and essential oils known for their nourishing properties, plus a boost of natural Vitamin E, providing customizable levels of moisture to the skin. This serum is the ultimate multi-tasker; it can be used in the morning and evening. (For evening treatment, double the amount you use during the day.) It can also be used on the neck, décolleté and eye areas. In addition, for those who use mineral powder foundation, this serum can be mixed in the hand with the powder to create a tinted moisturizer. It even comes in a starter kit with toner and cleanser to get the complete package.
But, ALL of you need is love
You arms and legs may be covered but that doesn’t completely protect them from dry air, and come Christmas, your hair may be riddled with split ends without a little love. May Lindstrom Skin’s The Good Stuff Radiance Oil has you covered from head to toe. This total body elixir will recharge your relationship with your skin. A rich decadent marriage of cocoa, rose, lavender and ylang-ylang tantalizes your senses while enveloping your every inch in luxurious hydration. Pairing exquisite nourishment from a succulent blend of plant oils with an infusion of translucent minerals to release skin from years of dullness and reset your natural vitality for an unprecedented dewy glow. Directly after showering or bathing, smooth over your skin and through your hair to enrich every part of you.
Avoid drying toners
Alcohol based toners are both common and dehydrating as heck, especially during the colder months. MUN Skincare’s No.11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner doesn’t have any of that nonsense. Prickly Pear Stem Extract presents an abundance of essential amino acids, flavonoids and antioxidants that combine with the anti-aging properties of Goji Berry to transform skin, lending it radiance and resilience. The superior powers of Hyaluronic Acid help to bind moisture to the skin, while a floral blend that includes Jasmine and Daisy delivers velvety softness, for a refreshed, rejuvenated and radiant appearance.
Protect your lips
A light balm with (hopefully) a SPF may have been all you needed in the summer, but winter is coming. You are going to need a little more oomph to prevent major lip crackage. RL Linden & Co.’s La Balmba Rosa adds more moisture than a gloss and more shine than a balm. Although formulated for lips, RL Linden & Co found that it also softens and heals cuticles, dry patches and little boo-boos. Their favorite use is to liberally apply it at bedtime. Waking up with soft, pampered, utterly kissable lips makes morning breath more tolerable!
Time to adjust your foundation
We know you don’t want to say goodbye to your tan, but come September/October you’re going to start getting the line. You know the line. That one that forms along your jaw bone when your foundation no longer matches your skin tone. Thankfully, 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Healthy Skin Foundation comes in a wide range of colors so when the time comes to say goodbye to your summer tan and embrace the winter pale it’s ready to go.
Keep it up with the SPF
Just because the sun is hiding doesn’t make it any less harmful, it just makes it sneakier. Cloud cover does not protect you from UV radiation. Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular CC Cream is ideal for all skin types, provides moisture, sheer coverage and broad spectrum SPF to fight signs of premature aging.
Don’t Forget Your Feet
Spring and Summer traditionally mean that oh so wonderful treat: pedicures! But after a long season of open-toed sandals and sandy beaches, it’s probably time to push the reset button on those dry heels and rough soles. Odacite Intensive Hand & Heel Treatment repairs severely dry, cracked and coarse skin. Extraordinary shea butter pairs with olive & sunflower oils to quench and heal severely dry skin. Alphahydroxy acids derived from fruit and sugar help skin stay soft and smooth, while lemon, spearmint, grapefruit & rosemary provide an immediate refreshing effect as well as potent anti-fungal and anti-bacterial support.