How to Adjust Your Skincare Routine for Autumn (Fall)

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The changing of the seasons can have a significant impact on your skin, and autumn is no exception. As the weather gets cooler and humidity levels drop, it’s important to adjust your skincare routine to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Autumn is also a great time to repair any damage your skin may have accumulated due to too much sun during summer. By strengthening your skin now, you will be able to go into winter with your skin in its best possible condition.

 Here are my top suggestions for maintaining healthy-looking and feeling skin:


As the weather gets cooler and drier, it’s important to switch to a gentler cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Look for a cleanser that’s free of harsh sulfates and fragrances, and that contains moisturizing ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid. Oil cleansers are also very effective at soothing and hydrating your skin, while still removing dirt and makeup.


Exfoliation is an important step in any skincare routine, but it’s important to be gentle when exfoliating in the autumn. Avoid using harsh physical exfoliants like scrubs, which can damage the skin’s barrier and lead to dryness and irritation. Instead, opt for chemical exfoliants like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), which can help brighten and smooth your skin without over-drying it. 


Cooler, drier weather can be tough on your skin, so it’s important to choose a richer moisturizer that will keep your skin soft and supple. Look for a moisturizer that contains nourishing ingredients like ceramides, shea butter, or jojoba oil, which can help lock in moisture and protect your skin’s barrier. If you have very dry skin, you may also want to try using a hydrating serum to give your skin an extra boost of hydration.


Autumn is a great time to incorporate facial oils and serums into your skincare routine. These products can help nourish your skin and protect it from environmental stressors like pollution and free radicals. Look for serums and facial oils that contain ingredients like prebiotics, jojoba oil, or hyaluronic acid, which can help hydrate and moisturize your skin.


In the autumn, your skin may be exposed to cold winds and UV rays from the sun, so it’s important to protect your skin from the elements. Make sure to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even if it’s cloudy outside. You may also want to wear a hat and scarf to protect your face from cold winds and avoid taking long, hot showers or baths, which can further dry out your skin.

Autumn is a beautiful time of year, but it can be a challenging time for your skin. By adjusting your skincare routine to suit the cooler, drier weather, you can keep your skin healthy and glowing all season long.