Let’s face it, adjusting to the weather transition from summer to fall isn’t always easy. You go from working outside on the patio or by the pool to bundled up inside with a bunch of blankets, and while that last part can be a lot of fun… the changes in your complexion can be intense.
Your skin becomes dry, red, or breakout-prone as the cool autumn air approaches, and the lightweight gel moisturizers you swore by in the summer just don’t have the same effect. But you can still enjoy sweater season without the fear of your skin freaking out due to environmental changes… all you need to do is follow a few fall skincare tips! While the #1 fall skincare tip is to keep your skin hydrated, you can also incorporate a variety of products and techniques to repair damage from the summer sun, prevent eczema or rosacea flare-ups, smooth out the skin on your chapped hands and more.
Fall should be all about seasonal delight, not skin issues, and your complexion will be healthy and beautiful all throughout autumn with these fall skincare tips.
Vitamin C isn’t just a powerful antioxidant, it’s a lifestyle. This iconic nutrient has a place in every fall skin care routine, as it follows you from season to season while fighting off dullness and free radical damage. Vitamin C has the ability to repair a lot of the damage your skin received during summer, including dark spots and uneven skin tone due to rays from the sun, and protects your skin from further free radical damage during autumn. In less complex terms, that means that your skin won’t be looking dull as you take in the chilly fall air… as this antioxidant will provide a boost of brightness and even increase collagen production. Basically, Vitamin C is a fall skincare essential for protection against dullness, sun damage (even in the colder months!), and uneven skin tone. While this ingredient is present in all types of skin care products, we recommend using a serum like the Vitamin C Serum by Mario Badescu. 94% of MIRA guests report that it evens out tone, while 91% say it’s gentle on the skin and fights acne while adding brightness. As essential as Vitamin C is to our skin, it’s actually not able to be naturally produced by the body… which is why we need to invest in the best Vitamin C fall skincare products to maintain a beautiful complexion as seasons change,
It’s been real, gel moisturizers. While a lightweight, gel texture is your holy grail when trying to beat the summer heat, you’ll need a heavier moisturizer for your fall skin care routine. One that’s the equivalent of your big, cozy autumn sweater in a jar, are we right? Due to the lack of moisture in the air, that often dries out your skin along with it… you need a thicker moisturizer that delivers a serious burst of hydration, without clogging your pores in the process. Our favorite fall skin care ingredient to have in your moisturizer? Peptides. It’s an anti-aging dream, working to boost collagen production while lifting and tightening your collection, but also protects and repairs against environmental damage. We’re talking everything from sun damage (it still happens in the fall!) and cold air to the blue light damage that occurs when we look at our electronic devices. A peptide moisturizer, like the Deep Tissue Repair Cream With Peptide K8 by Kate Somerville, works to serve your skin and protect against all the bad stuff this autumn, while ensuring that you have plenty of moisture in your fall skin care setup.
It’s not just the skin on your face that needs extra love in your fall skin care routine, but your lips too. Too much cold air can dry out your pout, as this skin is very sensitive and doesn’t contain the natural oil glands to protect itself against the dry skin struggles of autumn. Ouch. This is especially problematic, considering that you want to rock all the vampy lipstick colors this season… but need the moisturized lips to pull off this classic fall trend. But have no fear, because all you need before you rock your burgundy lips is one of the top fall skincare tips: lip exfoliation. There are a variety of scrubs, conditioners, and exfoliators to combat the autumn dryness and deliver moisture to your lips, giving them a healthy appearance that creates the perfect canvas for all your best lip looks. MIRA guests are all about the Tinted Lip Conditioner by ILIA, a sheer lip balm and lipstick hybrid that’s infused with Cocoa Butter, Sesame Seed Oil, and Vitamin E to leave your lips feeling hydrated and smooth this autumn.
Come on, there’s no excuse not to do an overnight mask. None. All you need to do is apply it for a few minutes for bed, and then say “I woke up like this” as you wake up to glowing and hydrated skin in the morning. These overnight masks are going to be your fall skincare saviors, providing a boost of moisture when you need it most, and infusing your face with powerful antioxidants that you may have heard of before. Like Vitamin C. Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask by Youth to the People is a beloved mask for beating dry autumn skin, featuring Vitamin C to brighten your complexion, Squalane and Hyaluronic Acid to provide moisture without clogging your pores, and a proprietary Superberry blend to hydrate and fight free radical damage. MIRA guests love it too, with 94% saying that this mask provides redness relief and 97% who love how hydrating and smooth it feels on the skin.
Your fall skin care lineup should be gentle on the skin, while still locking in the moisture you desperately need this autumn. As Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother once said, “Haaaave you met micellar water?” This simple cleansing solution gained popularity after being used in France, as the hard water in the country can be rough on sensitive or mature skin. Micellar cleansing water is safe to use on all skin types, even when the change in weather is making your skin react in strange ways, and contains small particles called micelles to reach deep into your pores and remove trapped beauty products, dirt, oil, and other impurities. Seriously, if you’ve ever seen the effortlessly glowing complexion on your favorite French girls, you’ll know that micellar cleansing water is a must-have for fall skincare tips. Channel your inner Parisian even further with the Micellar Cleansing Water by Caudalie, which is bursting with organic grape water to deep clean your pores while moisturizing and soothing even the most rough skin, perfect for those struggling with dry skin this season!
Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean that you don’t need SPF. We can’t say this enough: you need it every day, and in every season. Even when it’s cold out. You see, the UVA rays from the sun are just as strong in October as they are in July, and going without SPF doesn’t just make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, it can also lead to more fine lines, wrinkles, and skin aging issues down the line. Ready to pick up your new autumn SPF yet? The key is to find a product that hydrates and protects your skin, and you can easily incorporate sunscreen into your everyday beauty routine with SPF makeup. Like the Dream Fresh BB Cream by Maybelline. This lightweight, ultra-effective skin tint has 8 major skin and beauty benefits - just a few of which include “Hydrates. Protects with SPF 30. Brightens. Blurs imperfections. Smoothes. Enhances.” All the things you need to follow one of the best fall skincare tips, while keeping yourself looking young and protected from the harmful rays of the sun.
The term “retinol” invokes a lot of emotions in skin care enthusiasts. On one hand, there’s no denying that it’s an extremely powerful ingredient with incredible exfoliating, anti-aging, and skin glowing abilities. But it can also be super intense, with the potential to cause irritation or flakiness in those with sensitive skin. Since retinol (or Vitamin A) can make the skin more sensitive to the sun, the overcast fall days are the perfect opportunity to implement this powerhouse ingredient into your fall skin care routine. We’re talking just a bit of Vitamin A each day, allowing your skin to build up tolerance and reach its full retinol potential. Retinol Youth Renewal Serum by Murad is a great place to start. It features Retinol Tri-Active Technology to fight deep wrinkles and fine lines while giving you an even skin tone, plus Swertia flower extract and Hyaluronic Acid to plump and hydrate the skin for a youthful appearance - without causing dryness or irritation. The world is retinol can be extremely rewarding, and now is the time to introduce this ingredient to your fall skincare routine.
Sadly, the loss of moisture in your skin that happens during autumn isn’t only contained to your face. As temperatures drop, you’ll start to notice dryness on all parts of your body, from your hands and feet to your elbows. Exfoliation is one of the top fall skincare tips to keep your skin feeling soft and smooth this season, and the sweet scents that come from body scrubs don’t hurt, either. Brown Sugar Body Polish Exfoliator by Fresh is a classic, as it’s been around to exfoliate every inch of your skin for nearly two decades. This body polish contains real brown sugar crystals that act as natural humectants, preventing the loss of moisture while buffing away the dead skin cells that come in clusters every fall. It also features citrus oils to brighten the skin and even out tone, plus a blend of evening primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and jojoba oils to moisturize and nourish. As important as it is to put your best and most exfoliated face forward, the rest of your body deserves to feel the love too… and all-over exfoliation is one of the top fall skincare tips that will follow you into winter and beyond.
It’s no secret that autumn weather can be rough on your skin, literally. The cold air has less moisture than the heat you experience in the summer, and this chill may cause excessively dry or itchy skin as you become accustomed to the weather changes. It’s even worse when you have a sensitive skin type, or deal with skin issues like eczema or rosacea that cause your complexion to become easily irritated. But you can take the right precautions to avoid a flare-up or painfully dry skin this season, all you need to do is add oats or oatmeal to your fall skincare routine! This ingredient is one of the best fall skincare tips ever, and can follow those with sensitive skin throughout every season. Oat is an active ingredient that can restore skin to a normal pH and help to maintain the skin’s moisture barrier, hydrating and protecting dry skin and those who suffer from eczema. It can be found in a variety of face masks, moisturizers, and toners… and the Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask is an excellent addition to your fall skin care regimen. It only takes a few minutes to apply, and 97% of sensitive skin users agree that this mask effectively reduces redness and delivers hydration while remaining gentle on the skin - perfect for autumn!
There’s a lot of really incredible things about autumn, from the seasonal drinks you can’t wait to try to the dark and dreamy nail polish that you finally have an excuse to wear again. But speaking of hands, you can’t forget to take care of them when planning your fall skin care lineup. You already know that the chilly weather can wreak havoc on your face, and your hands can get hit just as hard this season… especially as you’re constantly washing your hands to stay safe during flu season. And while you can definitely moisturize, we love a specialty hand cream that leaves your skin looking smooth, and ready for all your “just got my autumn nails done!” shots on the ‘Gram. Ultimate Strength Hand Salve by Kiehl’s has a thick formula that’s perfect for fall skincare, formulated with Avocado, Eucalyptus, and Sesame Seed oils to soothe, condition, and add moisture to even the most dry hands. Think of it as the most gorgeous glove ever, with MIRA guests reporting that this cream is gentle and hydrating on the skin while reducing the redness that often accompanies autumn.
Ready for sweater weather? Protect your skin with the best fall skin care tips and products on MIRA.