8 Tips To Update Your Skincare Routine From Summer To Fall


Updated 10/1/16. A change of season typically means a change in the way skin behaves, often resulting in dryness, breakouts, and a general lackluster appearance. Although it may seem counterintuitive, breakouts can actually increase during the fall season. The oil flow that takes place in the skin during the summer months is still occurring, yet the cooler air is creating layers of dead skin cell buildup. This traps oil and bacteria beneath the surface of the skin, which leads to an increase in breakout activity. On top of this, skin may start to require more hydration. You don’t need to overhaul your skincare routine entirely, but you do need to make some minor tweaks to your regimen to ensure that skin stays healthy during this seasonal change.

Make the transition from summer to fall flawless with my expert tips:

TIP #1: Change Your Cleansing Routine
During the summer months, gel and foaming cleansers are great for deep cleaning morning and night; however, these may be a bit drying once the temperatures cool down and less oil is being produced. A good rule of thumb is to use a non-drying, sulfate-free gel cleanser in the morning and a lightweight, lotion-based cleanser at night. The gel will offer a deep pore cleansing, while a cleansing lotion, which is a bit milder, can do a more effective job of dissolving makeup on the face and within the pores. Rosemary Mint Cleanser is a great choice for nighttime. If you prefer a gel cleanser, Moisture Protecting Cleanser is perfectly pH-balanced. It’s a unique gel-to-milk formula that is so extremely gentle.

TIP #2: Boost Hydration
Toners are often an overlooked step in a skin-care regimen. If you aren’t already using one, now’s the time to start. Toners that are alcohol-free are a perfect way to give your skin the water and hydration it so desperately needs in the fall, when the temperatures are cooler. Skin cells are like fish and need water to live. Wipe an alcohol-free toner over the skin after cleansing and immediately apply serum or moisturizer while it’s still damp to seal in the hydration and active ingredients. Take our Skin Type Quiz to determine which products are best suited for you.

TIP #3: Go With A Heavier Moisturizer
A lightweight moisturizer will be enough for most skin types in the summer, but when the weather begins to cool down, it is important to apply something a little heavier to prevent moisture loss. If you’re using a gel moisturizer, considering switching to a lotion like Skin Recovery Lotion. If you’re already using an oil-free lotion, consider changing to a slightly more hydrating lotion like Sheer Moisture Lotion. If you’re using a cream, consider changing to something with a thicker consistency with ceramides or lipid-rich oils like found in Glow Enhancing Cream. Another option is to use a treatment oil like Pro Remedy Oil. The benefit of using an oil is that you can simply add a few drops into the palm of your hand and mix it with your moisturizer as needed. This allows you to custom-blend your moisturizer on days when you are feeling drier and when you’re not feeling dry, you simply don’t use it. Our customers love using our Pro Remedy Oil.

TIP #3: Protect with SPF
This may come as surprise, but fall (similar to spring) is a season where a tremendous amount of UV damage is incurred. We often think that when the temperatures are cooler outside, the sun isn’t as harmful, but this is false. While the UVB rays (the ones responsible for causing suntans or sunburns) are not as strong in autumn, the UVA rays (the ones that cause skin cancer and premature wrinkles) are just as strong as they are in July and August. Protection is a year-round job, so be sure to apply a sunscreen formulated for your skin type to the face, neck, and any exposed chest area to shield from direct sunlight.

TIP #4: Add Retinol Back To Your Routine
If you took a break from retinol (vitamin A) during the summer, now is the time to get it back into your skin-care routine. Opt for either a non-prescription retinol serum or a prescription retinoid which will help to dramatically reduce the appearance of brown spots caused by the summer sun, lines, and wrinkles. Hands down, retinol and prescription retinoids are the most scientifically proven ingredients for smoothing the texture of the skin and I personally use this one faithfully. (Watch this video to hear a story about how I met a dermatologist back in the late 80s who helped get Retin-A FDA approved for smoothing wrinkles. It’s pretty fascinating and I was so appreciative to have that experience.)

TIP #5: Exfoliate
Because certain skin types can be prone to increased sensitivity in summertime from heat, chlorine, and sun, exfoliation should be minimal. But come fall, exfoliation is imperative when it comes to repairing and brightening the complexion. For silky, smooth skin, a well-formulated facial scrub or an at-home exfoliating peel like Triple Berry Smoothing Peel is a must. Exfoliating is also essential in reducing breakouts as it removes the dead skin cells that trap oil. Regular exfoliation will help to lift skin discoloration (such as sun spots and acne scars), remove dull, tired, dry skin and encourage fresher, plumper cells to form. This will give your skin a flawless finish. And of course, using acid exfoliating serums a few nights a week is very important.

TIP #7: Change The Type of Mask You Use

Water-based gel masks are best for hydrating the skin, so they are beneficial for oily skin types where the goal is to add water to the skin, but not additional oil. Also, because of their naturally cold temperatures, they are also ideal for soothing redness in sensitive skin, as well as soothing sunburns. During the fall however, consider making the switch to a cream mask if you are feeling some dryness. These contain moisturizing oils that help to deeply hydrate and plump up normal to dry skin types. Pure Radiance Creme Masque is a great choice. Many cream masks do not need to be rinsed off after they have dried (unlike traditional gel or clay masks), but you can tissue off any residue and leave the excess to give your skin an added boost of moisture.

TIP #8: Listen To Your Skin
Regardless of seasons, our skin, like our bodies, is constantly changing and adapting to whatever we throw its way, whether internal or external. It’s important to be attentive and listen to your skin for signs that it’s not getting what it needs. Tightness, dryness, increased breakouts and sensitivity are all signs that your current skincare routine isn’t working for you and a change is in order. Pay attention to what your skin is telling you. You always want to work with Mother Nature, never go against her. When skin problems start to occur, you must make certain that you are using products that specifically address your skin’s needs and, if necessary, schedule a consultation with a trusted skin-care professional.

Seasonal changes can definitely create change in the skin, so by following these skin tips and changing up your skin-care routine, you can keep it looking and feeling its best.

Read: Five Ways To Hydrate Oily Skin Without Causing Breakouts
Read: The Worst Mistake You Might Be Making With Your Clarisonic Brush
Read: Here’s Proof That Using A Vitamin C Serum Really Helps Your Skin

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