Oh Autumn, how I love thee. Finally, a reprieve from the heat and mugginess of summer! My oily skin can breathe again and powder is as unnecessary as air conditioning.
But even my oily skin gets dry in Fall if I don’t adjust my skin care routine. In my case, less sebum production is good, but optimal hydration is still a fine balance. Too much moisture overwhelms, while too little leaves my skin feeling tight and uncomfortable.
If you have normal to dry skin, you probably feel the change of seasons more acutely. This can be an uncomfortable time of year for you.
But no matter where you are on the skin spectrum, here’s a list of Autumn skin care tips to help yours stay balanced and healthy.
Autumn Skin Care Tip #1: Switch Your Cleanser
Cleanser can make or break your skin care routine. If it’s too drying, skin will feel tight. If it’s too rich, it may leave residue and cause congestion.
Especially in dryer months like Fall, pay attention to how suitable your cleanser is for your skin type.
Oily/Combination skin does better with water-based foaming cleansers. Normal/Dry skin likes cream, oil or milk cleansers. Whichever you choose, just make sure it’s pH correct. Facial soaps might make your skin feel squeaky clean, but if their pH is too alkaline, it’ll damage your skin’s acid mantle, making it susceptible to moisture-loss and bad bacteria.
Cleanser Recommendations –
This Cleanser is a foaming crème cleanser with anti-ageing properties. It’s unique in that it’s highly effective at cleaning, but will also hydrate and refine your skin, leaving it soft and smooth. I rotate this cleanser into my skin care routine when the budget allows. It’s great for all skin types, but especially mature or dehydrated skin.
This Cleanser is a foaming cleanser formulated for dry/sensitive skin, but is suitable for all skin types. It’s highly effective at cleaning, but won’t strip skin of moisture. I currently use this cleanser in the morning.
Sodashi’s Clay Cleanser with Lime is effective at cleaning and leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. The clay is sebum-balancing, making this the perfect cleanser for oily/combination skin. If you’re like me and your t-zone is oily, but your skin is dehydrated, this is a great choice. Just make sure you use a face cloth to remove all cleanser and residue from your skin. I also highly recommend double cleansing at night. I currently use this cleanser as part of my night-time Autumn skin care routine.
Autumn Skin Care Tip #2: Layer Your Skin Care
If you don’t already use a toner and serum, now’s a good time to add these steps to your routine and apply them under your moisturiser. If you have dry skin around your eyes, add an eye cream. Layering your skin care helps maximise moisture absorption and skin protection.
The right toner can help rehydrate dehydrated skin by giving it a large hit of antioxidants and helping you better absorb the next step, serum, by osmosis. A good serum has a high concentration of active botanical ingredients and absorbs quickly into skin.
Toner Recommendation –
This Toner has anti-aging properties like stabilised vitamin C, to help support collagen production, nourish and refresh skin.
Serum Recommendations –
This Serum is a water-based serum that works for all skin types and is extremely hydrating. It helps hold in moisture, while firming and lifting the skin. I use it every day and never skip this step, especially in Autumn.
Odacité’s Pomegranate Rose Geranium Facial Serum Concentrate is an oil-based serum that provides moisture and is also sebum-balancing, making it a good choice for oily skin types.
Autumn Skin Care Tip #3: Use a Hydrating Mask
Autumn is the time to nourish and support your skin. So, adjust your skin care routine accordingly by switching your exfoliating or deep-cleansing mask, for a hydrating mask.
Skin is over-exposed in summer with excess sun and sometimes salt water or chlorine. These elements suck moisture from skin and dehydrate it. Therefore, it might need extra nourishment come Fall, to help restore its lost moisture. If this sounds like you and your skin is looking and feeling dehydrated, even if it’s oily in the t-zone, add a hydrating mask to your routine 1-2 times a week.
After 28 days (the skin cell cycle length), adjust to once a week or fortnight for maintenance, depending on your schedule and needs. In addition to your daily skin care routine, this should help restore your skin, while protecting it from the dryer air of Fall.
Hydrating Mask Recommendation –
The This Mask has key ingredients of shea butter, mango, cucumber and carrot to soften and intensely hydrate skin overnight. It restores essential hydration and moisturises dehydrated skin.
Autumn Skin Care Tip #4: Upgrade Your Skin Care Routine with Ultrasound Technology
No matter if your skin is normal, dry, sensitive, oily or somewhere in between, this revolutionary skin care device is designed to help you apply your products more evenly. The result is better hydration, targeted anti-ageing and more youthful, radiant skin.
This amazing skin care tool is totally safe and emits approximately 300,000 ultrasound waves per second. It was clinically tested for use with this serum and proven by a third-party lab to 100% enhance overall skin appearance and radiance.
I love this beauty tool for Fall because it has 3 warmth settings, which makes for a pampering addition to your skin care routine during colder weather. I use this revolutionary device all year round, but in Fall I love how it warms my skin and upgrades my moisture results.
Because it was tested for safety and results with Arbonne products only, I don’t recommend using it with serums or creams from other brands.
All products recommended in this post are non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, ethical and conscious. If you’re not sure what products are right for your skin, please comment below or contact me for a skin care consultation.
Please note: the featured image isn’t representative of all the products recommended, it’s purely for aesthetic purposes. 🙂