… and we’re officially moving into #thotumn, or is it #cozygirlfall? Either way, the cool autumn air is just around the corner and it’s about time to trade in the summer sun for dry, crisp chilly mornings, warm color palettes, and pumpkin spice everything. Around this time of year you might be thinking of Halloween plans or where to spend Thanksgiving, but among other important fall prep work- don’t forget to give your fall skincare routine some thought.
While the best of fall means a backdrop of colorful leaves, apple cider, and endless cozy vibes, it also means cracked lips, dry cuticles, and blotchy skin if you’re not prepared. Once temperatures drop some of your summer products may no longer be your best bet for keeping your skin’s health in top shape. The way you might take a look at your wardrobe and swap out summer styles for the fall season is the same way you should approach your skincare cabinet: swap out whatever won’t serve you in the coming months.
If you just got in the groove of your summer routine, don’t stress about adapting for your fall routine! We’re making your fall routine transition easy. Follow these tips when adapting your routine:
Swap out your moisturizer.
Cooler temperatures often means drier air. Even the oiliest skin isn't immune to the harsh cold. Compensate for the humidity change and lower temps by swapping your lighter summer-moisturizer for a more intense long-lasting one to prevent facial skin dryness. Your skin will appreciate the extra moisture-quench as the humidity drops.
When it comes to finding the right moisturizer for the colder months, you’ll ultimately have to try and see which moisturizer works best for your skin. That being said, it’s important to note that it’s not necessarily the thickness of the moisturizer that determines how effective it will be for you—it’s the ratio of ingredients (often oils) to water in a moisturizer that determines its strength.
As noted in Self, “Humectants (like glycerin and hyaluronic acid) draw water into the skin from the surrounding environment. Emollients (like ceramides, fatty acids, and some natural oils) get in between your skin cells to strengthen and soften the skin. And then occlusives (e.g. dimethicone, petrolatum, and most natural oils) sit on top of the skin and keep the existing moisture from escaping.”
Finding the right moisturizer is really about figuring out the right balance of these ingredients for your skin. Because there is less humidity during the colder seasons, your skin will likely need a more intense hydration boost than it did over the summer.
Opt for the creamy cleanser.
Creamy cleansers typically contain moisturizing agents and don't strip the face of its natural oils. Opting for a creamy cleanser will give your skin an extra boost of moisture while cleansing your pores of gunk buildup. During the colder months, skin tends to be more sensitive than usual due to the harsh weather. Nourishing cream cleansers are ideal for sensitive skin because they gently remove impurities while replenishing, leaving your skin soft and glowing.
Break out the sleeping masks.
Put away drying clay masks and swap for hydrating sleep masks. Used as a final part of your night regimen, sleeping masks were made popular by the korean-skincare movement. The purpose of this night time treatment is to nourish and hydrate your skin and create a protective layer, while allowing time for the product to absorb deeply overnight. While sleeping with a mask on might sound messy, these masks are meant to be left on and shouldn’t leave a mess on your pillowcase. By the time you wake up, your skin should feel soothed and refreshed.
Because of the drier air, you might notice your skin becoming flaky. To re-energize and soothe your skin, incorporate regular exfoliation in your routine. By exfoliating your skin, you will remove the dead skin cells, while prepping your skin for the rest of your routine. While exfoliating is important for keeping your improving skin texture and brightening your complexion, be wary of over exfoliating. The cold, dry air can cause your skin to be more sensitive than usual, so avoid exfoliating as much as you would during the warmer months.
Use suncare. Even on dreary autumn days.
Even on days when the sun doesn't peak out from behind the clouds or fog for one second, wear your sunscreen. Sun protection isn't a seasonal practice and should remain a part of your everyday skin care routine no matter what. UV rays can cause sun damage to your skin year round. Practice safe sun practices and don’t slack on the sunscreen, even on days spent cozied up on the couch or out and about at the pumpkin patch.
Tip: If you live somewhere where autumn might bring early snow, be extra cautious about sunscreen reapplication. UV rays can reflect off of snow or ice and cause sun damage!
While you’re taking a hard look at your skincare cabinet and deciding which products will make your fall edit, Baalm Founder Lanya is doing the same!
See which products Lanya is looking forward to using this fall:
“Not to be basiccccc, but I do love this exfoliating pumpkin enzyme mask, and as a bonus: it smells like fall! This Peter Thomas Roth original features a double exfoliation -- with pumpkin enzymes and AHAs.
Pumpkin enzymes are a hero ingredient for anyone with sensitive skin, and they work to dissolve the connecting bonds between skin cells (AKA exfoliation), which helps even out your skin tone and smooths your skin’s texture. As a plus, their high levels of vitamins A and C also help reduce skin inflammation and promotion collagen production.” - Lanya
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