The end of summer and the arrival of fall prompts transitions of all kinds. As you’re reaching for long sleeves and changing your coffee order from iced to hot, it’s the right time to make some seasonal switches in your skin care routine. So along with your shorts and sandals, you can go ahead and stow away your lighter-weight products to make way for more moisturizing ones better suited for fall.
When the seasons shift, your skin’s needs change, too. As the weather outside cools, the humidity drops, reducing the amount of moisture in the air. Indoor heating kicks on for the season, making the air inside your home or workplace drier as well. “All of these factors combine to make your skin more dry in the fall than during the summer months,” says board-certified dermatologist and LovelySkin CEO, Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis can often flare up again in fall and winter, so adjusting your skin care accordingly can also help keep irritation in check.”
So how do you change your skin care routine for autumn? Here are eight steps you can take—and eight respective products to try.
Switch to a gentle cream cleanser
While your favorite gel or foaming cleanser certainly felt refreshing during the dog days of summer, we suggest switching to a gentle cream-based cleanser for fall. This cleanser removes oil, dirt and makeup and leaves skin moisturized and soft thanks to its emollient-packed formula.
Use a moisturizing daytime SPF
Unless you’re spending extended time outdoors, you may not need the same super-high SPF facial sunscreen that you wore all summer. This facial moisturizer provides SPF 30 protection with chemical sunscreens that don’t leave a white cast. It also hydrates skin with prebiotic thermal water, glycerin and ceramides.
Upgrade your nighttime moisturizer
Apply a potent moisturizer to your bedtime routine and wake up to well-hydrated skin. This night cream contains rhamnose, a plant sugar, that helps rejuvenate skin by spurring cell turnover and the production of collagen and elastin. It also contains Vitamin C to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Add an exfoliating mask
A once-weekly purifying, exfoliating mask is a great ritual to add to your fall beauty regimen. This clay-based mask contains afaLUXE, Dr. Schlesinger’s own patented ingredient that gently exfoliates by clearing away any dull, dead skin cells dwelling in your pores.
Try a new neck treatment
Because retinol can increase sun sensitivity, fall can be a great time to try a retinol-powered neck cream if you’ll be spending less time outside. This intensive treatment formulated specifically to improve wrinkles, lines and crepiness on the entire neck area thanks to time-released retinol and a tripeptide concentrate.
Soothe seasonal skin conditions
If you have eczema that tends to recur when the weather starts to cool, it’s a smart move to incorporate a treatment specifically formulated for this skin condition. Itchy, irritated skin will be soothed by colloidal oatmeal and niacinamide in this eczema cream, while glycerin and shea butter help provide lasting hydration.
Treat summer sun damage
If long days spent in the sun this summer have caused some new dark spots or hyperpigmentation, then autumn is prime time to undo the damage. Powered by active ingredients such as kojic acid, tranexamic acid and sulfonic acid, this serum can be used daily to lighten sun spots and dark patches.
Slather on a healing lip balm
Dry air can really take a toll on lips, causing dryness and, if left untreated, chapping. This balm, invented by Dr. Schlessinger and his son Daniel, moisturizes the lips with shea butter and meadowfoam oil. “Because it contains 1% hydrocortisone, this balm will help heal irritation and dryness more quickly than other medicated lip balms on the market,” Dr. Schlessinger says.
Would you like to give your skin some extra pampering during the autumn months? Check out our blog post on how to create the best at-home facial.