How to Transition Your Skincare Routine From Summer to Fall

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You’ve finally gotten your skincare game down, then fall blows into town. Your skin goes from soft and dewy, to dry and dull. We’ve been there and we know exactly how you feel. But what if you could keep your skin looking beautiful all year long? If you transition your skincare routine with the the right swaps and tweaks, you can. These three routine changes will keep your skin happy, healthy, and beautiful.

Transition Your Skincare Routine For Fall

Why You Need To Change Your Routine

In the fall and especially in the winter, the lower humidity, cooler weather, and indoor heaters seriously dry out your skin.

When your skin barrier is compromised, your skin becomes sensitized, leading to cracks in the outer layer of the skin, and loss of hydration. Yikes!

To prevent these unpleasant seasonal effects, you need to transition your skincare routine before it is too late.

Transition Your Skincare Routine For Fall

Transitioning your skincare routine from summer to fall isn’t complicated and it doesn’t need to be expensive. All it takes is a few simple changes.

Swap Your Cleanser

During the hot summer months when you are sweating a lot, you might reach for a foaming cleanser. But in the fall, there’s less moisture in the air and the skin produces less oil. Cleansers that strip the skin of its natural oils will make your skin too dry. Instead, you should opt for gentle and creamy formulas like the  CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser or the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser.

Reach For A Richer Moisturizer

During the sweltering days of summer, a light moisturizer may be enough to keep skin moisturized. But as soon as the temperature drops, you need to switch to a richer moisturizer.

For those with oily or combination skin, reach for a moisturizer with humectants like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or aloe vera. Try the Sephora Collection All Day Hydrator or Farmacy Daily Greens Oil Moisturizer.

If you have skin on the normal side, pick a moisturizer with a good mix of humectants and emollients like the Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream.

For those with drier skin, pick a rich and thick cream like the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration.

Ease Up On Actives & Exfoliation

Because it’s easier for the skin to become inflamed during the drier months, consider reducing your use of high potency actives or exfoliants like AHAs, BHAs, and retinoids.

If your face burns or stings after using a product, it is a good sign that active ingredients are too much for your skin right now.

Gentle products like the a glycolic acid toner or our favorite Caudalie serum can be used with regular frequency. But strong products like the OLEHENRIKSEN Dark Spot Toner or Sobel’s Retinol Treatment should only be used a few times a week.

Look at that. You now have our three top tips for updating your skincare routine for fall. Next go through your skincare stockpile to make sure you have everything you need. If your beauty stash is running low, head to our favorite store, Sephora, to stock up on what you need.


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