What do your closet and your skincare routine have in common? Twice a year, you need to swap up those pieces that don't fit the season anymore with more weather-friendly alternatives.
That means that when fall comes knocking with its chilly fingers on your door, it's time to trade your fresh linen vests for warmer cashmere sweaters and lightweight summer lotions for richer moisturizers.
While summer skincare is all about sun protection, in fall the focus is on protecting your skin from the freezing, moisture-sucking temperatures. By making a few tweaks to your skincare routine here and there, you can make the transition from blazing summer heat to crisp fall chill flawlessly. Here's how:
Lighten Up (Your Cleanser)
Fall is the time to pile on the layers, both in your outfits and skincare. But there's one thing you need to go light on: your cleanser.
Foaming gel cleansers are great to deep cleanse your skin in the summer when your skin produces too much sebum, but come fall, they leave your skin feeling too squeaky clean and uncomfortably tight. That's a tell-tale sign of dryness.
Ditch the foaming cleanser and opt for a moisturizing creamy or oil-based cleanser, such as our Luxurious Oil Cleanser, that gently cleanses and moisturizes skin at the same time.
Chilly winds and dry temperatures are a deadly combination for the skin. They suck all the moisture out of it, leaving it as dry, dull and flaky as the Sahara. Just like you'd add a warm cardigan or trench coat to your oufit to keep warm in the crisp fall air, this is your cue to add a hydrating hyaluronic acid serum to your skincare routine.
Hyaluronic acid is a Godsend for dry skin. It can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, infusing your skin with a waterfall of moisture. It doesn't get more hydrating than that.
Our fave picks? Our Massive Hydration hyaluronic acid serum, of course! It's a complex formula of HA and humectants that really packs a hydrating punch!
Switch Up Your Moisturizer
While your sebaceous glands tend to go into overdrive in the hot summer months, they never seem to pump out enough oil to keep the skin's protective barrier healthy and intact in the colder seasons.
Summer lightweight lotions simply won't cut it anymore. Put those away and reach for oil-rich, thicker moisturizers instead. These are ideal for the fall season because they create a shield on the skin that locks moisture tightly in, protecting your skin from the elements and keeping it in top shape.
Packed with deeply moisturizing coconut and argan oil and soothing aloe vera, our Hydrating Aloe Cream & Coconut Oil Moisturizer is perfect for nursing dry and itchy skin back to health (and keep it that way!).
Add A Facial Oil
If your skin is still on the dry side after all these tweaks, it's time to bring in the big guns: facial oils.
Even though the idea of slathering oil all over your face can sound off-putting, facial oils can be your skin's BFF in the colder months of the year. Facial oils are a super moisturizer and have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to boot. They can get rid of any flaky and dry patches, soothe redness and irritations, and even keep those pesky wrinkles away from our faces for a little bit longer.
They're also extremely versatile. You can add a few drops to your favorite facial cream to give it a moisturizing and anti-aging boost or you can use them on their own on those days when your skin could do with a bit of extra moisture.
The best vegan facial oil nature has given us is Moroccan Organic Argan Oil. 100% natural and non-comedogenic, it's a rich source of moisturizing essential fatty acids and anti-aging vitamins that can be used all over the body (hair included!).
Don't Skip The SPF!
Sorry, friends, but you can't stash away your sunscreen with your bathing suit. Just because the sun likes to hide behind clouds in the fall, it doesn't mean its rays aren't harming our skin. UV rays can penetrate through clouds and do as much damage to our skin in the fall as they do in spring and summer.
Sun protection is a year-round job, so keep piling on that sunscreen every single day in the fall too. If you're in need of a lightweight, matte and non-greasy option that doubles up as a great base for makeup, check out our SPF 35 Sunscreen.
As you prepare to switch out your wardrobe this season, don't forget to do the same with your skincare. Prep your skin for fall and it'll stay healthy and glowy throughout the colder season.