Don’t get us wrong; we adore the fall! We’re very here for the food, the fashion, and the fun! But, if you’re anything like us, as the weather changes you might be noticing that your regular skincare routine isn’t working quite as well as it was in the warmer months. Maybe your face is feeling drier, your is T-zone oilier, or redness has creeped in. Even if you’re positive you finally found the right routine, our complexions are responding to more than just products.
Everything from a dip in temps to a shake-up in humidity impacts your skin. Not only that, but weather changes impact how your usual potions and lotions perform. But there’s hope! Our list of tried-and-true, fall-friendly skincare saviors is your go-to for giving your bathroom counters a product makeover. Start the weekend off right (and be prepared for the first official day of fall!) with these face-loving faves! (PS: Your little ones’ skin is feelin’ the changes, too, so make sure to spruce up their fall skincare, too!)
SHESEIDO Extra Rich Cleansing Milk$36 BUY NOW
While gel cleansers are usually a-okay for warm months when our skin has a little more oil production, they can be really drying once it cools off. We lean on cream or oil-based formulas this time of year, and SHISEIDO's Extra Rich Cleansing Milk has the feel of both! Starting off as a milky liquid cleanser, this Cleansing Milk whips up into a rich foam filled with rice germ oil that removes impurities without stripping your skin, and also creates a veil that protects moisture balance! We love that it rinses clean and gets your skin ready for the products that follow.
Nip+Fab Hyaluronic Fix Extreme4 Hydration Cleansing Cream$13 BUY NOW
If you prefer a fragrance-free option, Nip+Fab Hyaluronic Fix Extreme4 Hydration Cleansing Cream is scentless, soothing, and hydrating. It's suitable for all skin types, but especially excellent for sensitive skin!
Honest Calm+Heal Melting Balm$33 BUY NOW
Dewy skin in cold weather is totally possible! Honest's Calm + Heal Melting Balm makes it happen. The formula transforms from a rich balm into a deeply moisturizing melt that heals your skin and leaves you glowing! As a bonus, you can use this balm to heal and protect minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises.
Bare Minerals Butter Drench Restorative Rich Cream$38 BUY NOW
Even if you don't typically go for intensive moisturizer, it's often your best bet once the air starts to dry out. Bare Minerals Butter Drench Restorative Cream has a buttery texture (hence the name!) that smooths and hydrates your skin. If you'd prefer to skip heavy moisturizer during the day or under makeup, use Butter Drench as part of your night-only regimen and wake up to ultra-soft skin!
Tarte Maracuja Oil$48 BUY NOW
Maracuja seeds power this multitasking oil from Tarte to hydrate and renew your skin (or literally anywhere you need a little boost of moisture: hair, cuticles, heels...)! Use on top of or in place of your regular moisturizer, or mix a small amount with your foundation if you're experiencing dry patches after application. And oily-skinned friends, don't pass this by! It seems counterintuitive, but oily skin absolutely has to be moisturized, too (oftentimes, overly oily skin is the result of your body trying to overcompensate for a lack of moisture, so adding moisturizing products helps balance it out).
Bobbi Brown Skin Moisture Solution No. 86$52 BUY NOW
Targeted skincare products make choosing what'll work best for you a lot easier, and that's exactly what Bobbi Brown's Skin Moisture Solution No. 86 is! This intense serum is all about dehydrated skin and goes to work fast to relieve the uncomfortable, tight feeling associated with dry skin. It's formulated with hyaluronic acid (we're sure you're noticing a trend here!), which actually pulls moisture from the air and binds it to the skin's surface. You'll notice results from day 1!
Elizabeth Arden Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal Overnight Regeneration Cream$104 BUY NOW
If you've ever wondered why there are separate products for day and night, we'll fill you in: your mind isn’t the only part of you that rests when you hit the sheets. When you sleep, your skin recognizes that it's not in "protection mode" from the day. It's primed to absorb the active ingredients in the products you use before bed (and part of why you can go all day wearing makeup, but should avoid sleeping in it if you can avoid it!). Elizabeth Arden's Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal Overnight Regeneration Cream is packed with those exact ingredients you want your skin to soak up; ceramides go to work restoring moisture while their patented retinyl complex encourages cell turnover. Every fall morning, you'll thank yourself for the extra skin TLC at night!
Paula's Choice Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer$33 BUY NOW
Generally, nighttime moisturizers are formulated to be heavier than their daytime counterparts, but Paula's Choice Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer is lightweight and sheer, but still super effective! It's also designed to neutralize blue light and other environmental aggressors!
Pipette Overnight Brightening Mask$20 BUY NOW
Even sensitive skin won't be able to get enough of Pipette's Overnight Brightening Mask! Although you might be dealing with drier skin this season, it's still important to exfoliate regularly. Instead of harsh scrubs (seriously, please don't use those), this mask uses the most gentle AHAs to exfoliate without stripping moisture or scratching up the delicate layers of skin. Use 2-3 times a week for best results (and remember to use sunscreen, like Pipette's Mineral Sunscreen, since the AHAs in this mask can make your skin a bit more sensitive to sunlight. Yes, even autumn sunlight.).