You may think you have your morning/night skin care routine down to a science, but one of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to your skin is not changing up your routine with the changing seasons. For summer, it's all about exfoliating and keeping your skin hydrated and safe from the sun – think lip balms, SPF moisturizers, and soothing eye creams that will sink in while you sleep.
But with fall just around the corner, your skin is going to have different needs, meaning it's time to switch up those bottles! While SPF is still a must, lightweight moisturizers and products that strip the skin of oil may need to hit the road (we're looking at you, BB cream!).
To make transitioning your beauty routine for fall a little bit easier, we're breaking down what exactly needs to change and why.
TRANSITIONING YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE FROM SUMMER TO FALL
Try: Cleansers that moisturize
Toss: Formulas that strip the skin of natural oils
With less sunlight and heat, our skin produces less oil in the fall. So it's important to choose cleaners that don't completely strip the skin of its natural oils. Cleansers that dry out the skin can cause dead skin cells to flake off and block pores, which may lead to breakouts.
Try: Toners made with witch hazel
Toss: Toners made with alcohol
To reduce dryness as the weather becomes cooler, avoid products with alcohol because they can be too drying. Try switching to a toner made with witch hazel rather than alcohol. This will help to prevent stripping of the skin.
Try: Gentle chemical peels
Toss: Harsh scrubs
As we move into fall, you may notice your skin becoming dryer. To maintain that plump, dewy look, it's important to exfoliate on a regular basis. Removing dead skin cells will reveal bright, more even-toned skin. Try using a chemical peel over a harsh scrub that may irritate dry skin.
Try: Thick moisturizers
Toss: Oil-free moisturizers
In the cooler months, it's okay to give up your oil-free moisturizer (you can go back to it in May for the summer months) and switch to a heavier moisturizer. After a shower or bath, keep the bathroom door closed to preserve the steam. Gently towel dry your body and apply moisturizer to skin that's still slightly damp for maximum moisture and hydration.
Try: Serums to replenish moisture
Toss: Formulas to control oil
To help transition your skin from summer to fall, focus on serums that help to even skintone, replenish hydration levels, and enhance radiance. By the end of summer, skin is combating the consequences of your time well-spent in the sun, including sunburn, peeling, redness and dry skin.
Try: Wearing sunscreen year-round
Toss: Expired sunscreens from seasons past
Since sun damage can occur even in short periods of sun exposure, it's a great idea to make applying sunscreen every morning second nature, like brushing your teeth or combing your hair. It's important to wear SPF 365 days a year, even in the fall and winter months!