Healthy habits and skincare are probably my most important regiments when it comes to taking care of myself. When it comes to beauty, healthy skin is my base, and while I barely have much time for makeup, I do spend time on my skincare. Given that age and weather periodically change my skin’s condition, I change my skincare accordingly. As seasons go through transitional phases, I change some elements of my beauty routine to adjust to the temperature and humidity levels. No matter my age or how cold and dry the weather gets, I want to maintain a healthy glow! It is mid September now and in anticipation of fall and winter I’ve started preparing my skin for the coming changes. So here are my first few substitutes to transition my skin from summer to fall skincare.
1. Move to gentler exfoliators, but keep exfoliating.
Exfoliation is still a must during cooler months, but to prevent excessive dryness I switch to a much gentler exfoliator. Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel ($60) is one of my Korean beauty favorites. It’s a powdered formula with natural papaya enzymes, and I use water on my hands to create a lather. It is super easy and pleasant to use, and it smells heavenly! The price is on a higher end, but I only use a dime-size amount when I apply it, and it works like a charm. A little goes a long way. During the fall months and given my age, I use this exfoliator 2-3 times a week, but it is actually gentle enough to use daily for younger skin or less sensitive skin.
2. Use an oil based cleanser.
I started avoiding soap based facial cleansers for a while, but during cooler months when there is not much moisture in the air, I use oil based cleansers. I am absolutely in love with Tatcha’s Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil ($48). It removes makeup and nourishes skin without a hint of stripping it of its natural moisture and leaves skin healthy and dewy. It’s pricey for a cleanser, I know, but it really leaves my skin dewy like no other cleanser does, and works great with the enzyme powder I use as an exfoliant.
3. Get in the habit of using face mist.
To increase hydration and feel refreshed, I use water mist sprays on my face up to a few times per day year-round. But when fall and winter start to approach, I go for Caudalie Grape Water mist ($13), a really hydrating product that refreshes but also leaves my skin feeling particularly nice. In my morning routine, it acts as a super-hydrating toner and goes on my face right after I cleanse, and I keep it with me throughout the day to give me that extra boost. It comes in 2.5 oz packaging, so I always have it in my purse when I travel (it is a perfect combatant against dry airplane air!).
4. Treat your lips.
While I put a lot of thought into my eye care, I’ve noticed I don’t always do the same for my lip care. But I should because it too needs much attention and nourishment! And just like with skincare, exfoliating is a must. It can be as simple as using a washcloth in the shower to strip the dead skin or a diy lip scrub of sugar and honey. After exfoliating, though, good moisture is key. I use Fresh’s Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment ($26), which is essentially a superpower lip balm. The tube is larger than your average lip balm so it lasts quite a while, and it really does moisturize like a treatment would!
So here are my favorite fall skincare items. Do you change your beauty routine as seasons change? What are your favorites?