Fall Skin Care: How to Transition Your Routine from Summer to Fall

As much as we want to hold on to our sun-kissed cheeks and lazy days spent by the pool, there is no stopping the colder and crispier air from taking over. But the drop in temperature is not the only major change we experience as we move from summer to fall. Aside from your favorite seasonal latte, fall season also brings about changes in your skin. And we’re not just talking about your tan fading.  

With lesser humidity in the air—coupled with the damage done of too much sun, chlorine, and saltwater over the summer—fall season often means dry, dull-looking skin. So if you’re still convinced you can waltz through sweater weather with just your go-to summer moisturizer, think again. More often than not, you may need to consider switching up some of your summer favorites if you want to make sure your skin is getting all the nourishment it needs. Here are a few tips to get you started with your fall skin care routine. 

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Boost Moisture

It’s time to give your gel moisturizer a break this fall season. Your skin needs an added boost of moisture as the season changes to counter the effects of colder temps and drier air. Look for hydrating natural ingredients that are gentler on your skin and will not strip it of its natural oils. The Oceanic Gold Pure Ocean Day Cream and Rich Mineral Night Cream are nutrient-rich creams infused with nourishing essential oils (like rosehip, jojoba, and grapeseed), antioxidants, and vitamin E that help balance and hydrate your skin throughout the day and while you sleep. Their star ingredient, Manuka Honey Bio Active 20+, is a powerful humectant that nourishes, plumps, and helps protect your skin from further damage.

Another way of giving your skin all the hydration it needs is by swapping out your alcohol-based cleanser with one that helps seal in moisture as you rid your skin of pore-clogging impurities. The Oceanic Gold Ocean Fresh Cream Cleanser, enriched with manuka honey and antioxidants from grape seed, rose geranium, and castor oils, effectively removes stubborn makeup, grease, and grime while helping to counter free radical damage, improve texture and complexion, and nourish your skin after each use.

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Add a Body Lotion

While we definitely can’t blame you for wanting to skip body lotions in the summertime, fall season is another story. If the dry, chilly air can wreak havoc on your facial skin, imagine what it can do to the rest of your body. Think dry patches, flakiness, and itching. To prevent these, add a body moisturizer to your fall skin care routine. For best results, apply your lotion within three minutes of stepping out of the shower. This will ensure that you trap moisture into your skin and reap all the hydrating benefits of your rinse.

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Amp Up Your Antioxidants

We can’t talk about fall skin care without mentioning how to address sun-ravaged skin. Antioxidants are your skin’s best weapon against the effects of UV exposure—including sunburn, pigmentation, and premature signs of aging. Aside from making sure you include colorful fruits and vegetables in your diet, you can amp up your skin’s defenses by adding a serum with antioxidant-rich ingredients like green tea, vitamins C and E, grape seed, and coenzymeQ10.

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Consider a Mask

If you haven’t yet discovered the joys and wonders of masking, then consider this your introduction. Not only can they easily transform your daily skin care routine into a spa-like facial session, they’re also a great way to moisturize, pamper, and soothe your skin. Not to mention, there’s a wide variety of face masks available for just about any skin concern, so picking out one to include in your fall skin care routine should be a breeze.

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Don’t Skip the SPF

Applying sunscreen when you’re out and about under the sun is a no-brainer, but come fall season, some of us tend to be too lax when it comes to sun protection. Just because you haven’t seen the sun for days doesn’t mean its UV rays are also on vacation. In fact, up to 80 percent of ultraviolet rays can penetrate cloud cover (they can also pass through clothing, glass, and car windows), so layering SPF protection is a must even on gloomy days. Always opt for broad-spectrum protection to defend your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. SPF 30 is ideal for daily use while an SPF of 50 or higher is recommended when spending an extended time outdoors.

Most of us have our skin care regimens down pat, but with our busy schedules and mountain of responsibilities, it’s easy to overlook the fact that our skin’s needs also change with the seasons. Follow these fall skin care tips to make sure your skin stays in top form year-round.