As much as you may enjoy soaking up the summer sun, before you know it, fall will be here. While your skin care routine is currently filled with your go-to skin care products that complement warm summer temps, your fall skin care routine naturally calls for an upgrade. For instance, you may find that a lightweight facial moisturizer was all you needed during the summer months but that your skin is thirsty for more hydration once the air gets colder and drier. Thankfully, putting together a fall skincare regimen doesn’t have to be too daunting of a task. Just consult our 11 fall skincare tips below to help transition your skin care routine from summer to fall.
FALL SKINCARE TIP #1: TRY A DIFFERENT MOISTURIZER
When the air is dry during the cooler months, you may notice that your skin feels drier, too. Consider stashing away your summertime moisturizer and trying a different one for your fall skin care routine—and remember to apply morning and night. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. Immediately, skin appears radiant and more luminous.
Editor’s note: According to The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the best time to apply a hydrating cream or balm is immediately after washing, when your skin is able to lock in the most moisture.
FALL SKINCARE TIP #2: CHANGE UP YOUR CLEANSER
Cleansing your complexion should be something you do daily—no matter the season. This fall, try a clay cleanser on for size. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser and the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser are formulated to seamlessly transform from clay to mousse and remove everyday impurities from the surface of the skin without over-drying. Daily, squeeze your facial cleanser of choice into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage it onto your face using circular motions, then rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
FALL SKINCARE TIP #3: KEEP SUMMER VIBES GOING WITH A FAUX TAN
Who says you have to put away your self-tanner for your fall skin care routine? Using self-tanner is a great way to rock a bronzed look once summer ends. A gradual self-tanner, like the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk Medium, is perfect for keeping your sun-kissed color regardless of the time of year. Before you apply the self-tanner, make sure to exfoliate and moisturize first to help ensure the color goes on smoothly and evenly. Then go on and show off your golden glow!
FALL SKINCARE TIP #4: CONTINUE TO TAKE SUN PROTECTION SERIOUSLY
Sun protection shouldn’t just be something you think about when you’re headed to the beach. In fact, your sun care routine should be year-round—rain or shine. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily as directed and reapply at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating).
In addition to that, you should also limit your amount of time in the sun (especially during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), seek shade, and cover up in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
FALL SKINCARE TIP #5: ADD AN OVERNIGHT FACE MASK TO YOUR ROUTINE
Another way to help hydrate (and pamper!) your skin this fall is by upgrading your nighttime beauty routine. Before bed, reach for an overnight face mask. Overnight face masks are different than traditional face masks in that you leave them on your skin instead of rinsing them off. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Overnight Mask is a luxurious, hydrating leave-on creamy face mask that forms a virtual protective mask to cradle skin. Immediately, skin feels hydrated and looks more radiant.
Every evening, apply it prior to sleep on cleansed skin. Use alone or as the last step after your eye cream or serum. Smooth it over your face, neck, and jawline until absorbed and leave on overnight to see results.
FACIAL SKINCARE TIP #6: MAKE FACE SERUM YOUR BFF
While your skin may not need tons of extra moisture in the summer, your fall skin care routine can definitely use a boost. This is where you can count on a serum to amp up the moisture. Known for their lightweight moisturizing properties, face serums are great for tackling a wide array of skin care concerns, including dry skin. Whenever you feel that your skin needs a pick-me-up, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum to quickly replenish hydration, visibly reduce wrinkles, and plump skin for a healthy-looking glow.
FALL SKINCARE TIP #7: INTRODUCE A FACIAL OIL
While summer was in full swing, we have a feeling that the last thing you wanted to do was apply facial oil to your complexion. But come fall, you may find that an oil is exactly what your skin is craving. If you think your complexion could use an extra dose of nourishment, smooth a facial oil on before your moisturizer. For one of our favorite fall skincare tips, switch things up and mix a few drops of the oil with a dollop of your moisturizer for an extra surge of hydration.
FALL SKINCARE TIP #8: GIVE YOURSELF A DIY FACIAL
Your skin deserves some serious pampering, but a spa trip isn’t always in the cards. If you’re staying indoors this fall, opt to give your skin a treat at home. Pick a time when you can wind down, then break out your face masks. Instead of using just one, try multi-masking. This trendy technique involves applying different face masks onto different parts of your face at the same time, depending on your skin’s needs.
Dry in one spot? Smooth on a hydrating mask. Oily in another? Coat your skin in a mattifying mask. You get the drift! For an added boost of spa-vibes, pop a couple of cucumber slices over your eyes and turn on the most relaxing music you can find. Talk about being as chill as a cucumber. To find the right face masks for your multi-masking experience, check out the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay face mask line.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask: Over time, harsh cleansing can be drying and sensitizing, leaving skin feeling uncomfortable. As a result, skin needs cleaning that is effective yet gentle. This clay mask formula is enhanced with seaweed and can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and gently cleanse stressed areas.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask: Over time, harsh environmental factors like pollution and debris can damage skin, leaving your complexion looking dull and tired. This clay mask formula is enhanced with charcoal and can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution, and reduce the look of dull skin.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask: Day after day, dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion feeling rough. This clay mask formula is enhanced with red algae extract and can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface of skin, smooth the look of imperfections, and allow skin to breathe.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask: Daily wear and tear—makeup and improper care—can leave skin looking uneven with roughness and imperfections. When a facial cleanser isn’t enough to solve this problem, look to a face mask. Formulated with yuzu lemon extract, this face mask can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution, shed rough, dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, clarify tone, and improve skin texture.
To use any of the above face masks, apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, then leave the masks on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Use two to three times a week for the best results.
FALL SKINCARE TIP #9: USE A HUMIDIFIER
While there’s much fun to be had during the fall (Pumpkin picking! Hayrides! Apple cider!), you may notice the air getting drier—and you’ll probably be spending plenty of time indoors with the heat on. So, use a humidifier to add much-needed moisture to the air. Set one up in your bedroom and bring a portable one to the office.
FALL SKINCARE TIP #10: TURN DOWN THE WATER TEMP IN THE SHOWER
When the weather was hot and humid, a cold shower may have been your saving grace. As it becomes cooler outside, it can be tempting to start cranking the temperature up and enjoying super-steamy showers. There’s just one issue—bathing in hot water isn’t the best idea for your skin. The warmer water can strip your skin of essential oils, which can leave you feeling drier. That doesn’t mean you have to shower in totally frigid temperatures—lukewarm water will do just fine. If you still aren’t ready to totally switch up your shower routine, try limiting the amount of time you’re under the stream of hot water to just a few minutes.
FALL SKINCARE TIP #11: PREP YOUR SKIN WITH PRIMER
Primer may have been one of your go-to products during the summer months to help keep your makeup from slipping and sliding, and it’s just useful in the fall, too. During the cooler months, put away your matte primer and opt for one that has a radiant finish instead. The L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Radiance Booster is a skin care-makeup hybrid that instantly brightens the look of your complexion for a radiant finish, smooths and evens skin, and provides long-lasting hydration.
That’s it! Now, you’re all set for the changing season with plenty of fall skincare tips. Next, go ahead and check out our article, Your Ultimate Guide to Skin Hydration, which will definitely come in handy as temperatures drop.