Everything You Need to Know About Switching Your Skincare From Summer to Fall

Author Salma Ihab
Time 9/27/22, 5:00 PM
Everything You Need to Know About Switching Your Skincare From Summer to Fall

The frosty blueberry smoothie season is saying its goodbyes and soon we will be saying hello to pumpkin spice latte season. But enough about drinks; we're here to talk about skincare. In the fall, our skin tends to be mostly dry because of the chilly weather. If you're unsure whether you should exfoliate more or less or should you stick with your current moisturizer or change it? We'll answer all of your questions, and don't worry girl; we've got you covered. In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about switching your skincare from summer to fall. 


Here's why you should change your routine in between seasons:

"Seasons change; people change," as the saying goes, and your skincare routine should too. What you should understand is that when the temperature drops in the fall, our skincare routines should help our skin adapt to these changes. In the fall, your skin will benefit the most from products with moisturizing ingredients, such as leave-on treatments like moisturizing masks and a bit thicker creams. 


Now, let's look at what you can do to keep your skin looking great during fall:

What you should know is that in the fall, your skin acts as if it is on high alert to protect itself from the chilly weather. As a result, it is best to switch to skin-protecting products. In the summer, we prefer lighter moisturizers. However, we prefer thicker creams in the fall. Don't forget to use the products in the correct order.


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How should you prepare your skin for Autumn?

  • Avoid taking hot showers and baths; we love them, but your skin does not; they cause your skin to dry out faster. It is best to avoid them to keep your skin from drying out further. You have an option that we recommend because we know much cold showers can be torture in the colder months. All you need to do is to take a hot shower then finish with cold water to close your pores again.


  • Don't forget to wear lip balm! In the evenings and mornings. Apply a thick lip balm, allowing lots of time for it to absorb before applying makeup.


  • Always wear SPF because UVA rays are present even on the gloomiest of days and will cause premature aging of the skin.


  • Stay hydrated by keeping a bottle of water nearby and taking a sip every half an hour or so. Your skin requires more water than ever before, so keep up with your daily water intake.


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How can I switch my skincare routine from summer to fall?


When changing your skincare routine in the fall, there are a few seasonal swaps you can make that will not take much time because they are small changes.



1. A richer cleanser 

In the fall, opt for a richer, creamier cleanser. With the temperature dropping, your skin becomes more sensitive, making it a better idea to use a gentler cream cleanser rather than the foaming formulas that many of us enjoy using during the hotter months.


It's best to avoid foaming cleansers in the fall because they are known to strip the skin of vital water and oils, which is definitely not what you want in the fall.



CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is made with dermatologist-approved ingredients like moisture-supplying hyaluronic acid and surface-repairing ceramides are free of things you might want to avoid (detergents, parabens, fragrance), and glides like a light lotion to soften skin without causing buildup. It is your best option for a fall swap, and your skin will thank you.



CLINIQUE All About Clean Liquid Facial Soap

CLINIQUE All About Clean Liquid Facial Soap is gentle on the skin, with a non-drying lather that removes dirt while also protecting the skin's natural moisture balance.



2. Use a gentle exfoliant

The skin becomes a bit dry in the fall, and flakiness might start to develop, resulting in a dull complexion. This can be easily avoided by including an exfoliating step in your skincare routine. To accomplish this, avoid harsh scrubs in favor of a liquid exfoliator containing strong Alpha-hydroxy acid, such as glycolic acid.



Paula's Choice The Unscrub for all skin types 

Paula's Choice The Unscrub formula is extra gentle. It contains pressure-sensitive jojoba beads that dissolve naturally as you massage them into your skin, making it nearly impossible to over-exfoliate and cause unwanted micro-tears. It's an excellent cleanser for removing sunscreen and light makeup, and the glycerin keeps skin soft and smooth.



La Roche-Posay Ultrafine Scrub for sensitive skin

La Roche-Posay Ultrafine Scrub is specially formulated for sensitive skin and contains a combination of physical and chemical exfoliants to gently remove dead skin via superfine crushed particles. What are the end results? A brighter, smoother look, as well as a non-irritated skin barrier (thanks to glycerin).



3. Use a hydrating serum

If you're wondering what your secret weapon is for keeping your skin moisturized this fall, the answer is serums! Serums have the advantage of penetrating the skin deeper than moisturizers, allowing the skin to reap the benefits of deep hydration. After using it, your skin will have a glowing appearance with moisture successfully locked in, providing continuous hydration throughout the day.


Vichy Minéral 89 Skin Fortifying Daily Booster

 If you don't like sticky formulas, you'll want to try this lightweight moisturizing mineral face serum. This serum, designed specifically for dry and dehydrated skin, contains an exclusive VICHY ingredient: volcanic water. This water has been shown to strengthen the skin barrier and protect it against UV rays.


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum 

To promote a healthy-looking complexion, apply Neutrogena's hydrating serum. It contains hyaluronic acid, which helps to lock moisture into the skin, and it has a gentle hydrating oil-free formula that will not clog your pores.



4. Include an overnight mask in your skincare routine

Incorporate an overnight moisturizing mask if you want to do your skin a huge favor. As we all know, the skin regenerates skin cells and repairs damage while we sleep, so for extremely dry and sensitive skin, look for face masks containing hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, natural essential oils, such as almond, coconut, and shea butter. Simply apply the mask to your face before going to bed to allow your skin to absorb the moisture from the ingredients.



Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask

This magical product aims to smooth and hydrate your skin without causing irritation. It also helps to strengthen and protect the skin's barrier. For the best results, use it as the final step in your skincare routine.



Olay Luminous Overnight Gel Mask

This mask contains Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant. It forms a barrier around the skin to protect it from surface-free radicals. The gel texture contains hydrating honeysuckle extract and regenerative vitamin B3.



Of course, we can't forget about our body and lip care as we transition from summer to fall.



Body Scrubs to try this fall

In the fall, our bodies protect our skin from drying out, which can lead to increased dryness. It's not a bad idea to exfoliate and remove any dead skin cells that may be clogging your pores or adding unnecessary texture to the surface. This is where body scrubs come in handy. You can do it once a week and then moisturize to keep your skin soft in the fall.



The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub Exfoliator 

If fall isn’t your favorite season and you want a little taste of summer, here's a jar of a fruity-scented scrub. The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub Exfoliator can be a good fit for you. To soften and moisturize extremely dry skin, the oil-based scrub is infused with organic sugar and exfoliating salt grains.



Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

Another freshly-scented scrub, a blend of citrus-scented sea salt, coconut oil, and avocado butter, what could be more refreshing? It's one of the best scrubs available because it's a two-in-one product that can be used on both your face and your body.



Body Lotion to try this fall

Moisturizing your skin on a daily basis is essential, regardless of the season. However, in the fall, it’s a must!



Nivea Nourishing Lotion Body Milk

Nivea is one of the beauty lines that never fails to amaze us, and their cream is ideal for fall to keep your skin hydrated and smooth all season long.



Vaseline Intensive Care Unscented Advanced Repair Lotion 

Do you know how sometimes when you apply a thick moisturizer it becomes very greasy? No, not with Vaseline. This extra light, easy-to-apply lotion contains purified petrolatum to coat and protect the skin, yet it dries completely without feeling heavy on the skin.



Tips for Keeping Your Lips Healthy in Cold, Dry Fall Weather:


1. Avoid licking your lips!

It's natural to want to lick your lips to moisten them when they're dry. However, licking your lips has the opposite effect. When you put saliva on your lips, it causes them to dry out faster, making your lips even drier overall. Additionally, the enzymes in saliva that are meant to digest food are irritating to the lips. In other words, leave your lips alone because you're causing more problems than you're solving them.



2. Apply an ointment-based lip balm

This will help seal in moisture and heal skin cracks and splits. Look for an ointment that contains petrolatum, essential oils, or glycerin. Did you know that the sun can cause sunburn on your lips? That is why it is best to use a sunscreen-containing lip balm. The sun shines during fall despite the colder temperatures, and the skin on the lips is thinner and more delicate, so you should protect it.



3. Avoid lip balms with camphor, eucalyptus, or menthol

These ingredients may feel soothing at first, but they actually dry out your lips and worsen the problem. When your lips become more dry and irritated, you apply more of this type of lip balm, and the cycle continues.



4. If your lips are dry or peeling, don't bite, brush, or rub them

You may feel the need to get rid of the annoying bumpy feeling caused by flaking and peeling because it is uncomfortable when your lips are used to feeling smooth. It's far better not to scrub your lips or pick at the peeling skin with your teeth or fingers. That only causes cracks and sores on your lips and can aggravate the situation. Instead, apply a thick ointment-based balm that will be soothing and will aid in the healing of your lips. In other words, avoid exfoliating and trying to apply a thick lip balm to chapped lips.



 5. Before going to bed, apply lip balm

Many people sleep with their mouths open. After eight hours of breathing in and out through your mouth, your lips can become severely dry, so the lip balm can help greatly.

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Salma Ihab

Salma Ihab

Salma is very passionate about the African culture. She's fascinated by their art and colorful attire and likes to channel this in her designs and outfits. She grew up in an artistic house, her mom an...

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