- Layer Your Products: Just like your clothing, as the weather gets colder you need to layer up your skincare products. If you were using a light serum in place of a moisturizer in the summer (like me) or ditched your moisturizer altogether, it’s time to start layering on those serums and moisturizers. Less isn’t always more when it comes to skincare, especially as it gets colder outside. To offset the effects of harsh indoor heating and the brutal wind outside, you should consider using an antioxidant serum or a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid (like Joanna Vargas’ Daily Serum or the Pestle & Mortar Hyaluronic Serum) under your heavy-duty moisturizer.
- Buy a humidifier: If you don’t want to wear heavy night creams with shea butter in fear of breaking out, putting a humidifier in your bedroom is a great way to add moisture to your face as you sleep. If your office cranks up the heat as the months get colder, buy a small humidifier for your desk to offset the harsh effects of indoor heating.
- Exfoliate More Regularly: Whether you prefer to use physical exfoliators like Tatcha’s Polished Rice Enzyme Powder or the Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub or chemical exfoliation like Dr. Dennis Gross’ Alpha Beta Peel Pads, you should be using an exfoliator on a more regular basis during the colder months. A combination of gentle physical exfoliation and alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids about once a week each will help you avoid a build up of dead, dry cells and leave skin as fresh and dewy as it was in the summer.
- Use a balm or oil cleanser: Foaming cleansers combined with cooler temps and drier air equal dry skin of epic proportions. To avoid drying out your skin, opt for a cream wash or cleansing oil, like the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel or the Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. Both of these options effectively cleanse and remove makeup, but without stripping it of its natural moisture.
- Don’t forget your eyes and lips: Although I’m so concerned about the health of my skin, I always forget to take care of my eyes and lips. Even if you’re in your early 20s like me, you should be using a hydrating eye cream like Pai Echium & Argan Eye Cream or Skin Owl Eye+ to take care of that delicate skin. For lips, I like to keep it simple with unscented lip balms from the French pharmacy like the Boiron homeostick (which is near impossible to get ahold of stateside) or the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment.
What skincare routine do you stick by in the fall? Are there any changes that you recommend I make? Let me know!