Fall is my favorite time of year, but it does pose some skin care challenges for me. While the weather is cooling down (FINALLY), the temperatures and humidity levels fluctuate so wildly that it’s hard to know how my skin will behave from one day to the next.
If you have the same struggle between dusting off your winter routine and clinging to your summer one, then you know how frustrating it can be. It’s almost as bad as trying to decide if it’s time to pull out your blanket scarves or keep wearing those sundresses. (Or, if you’re like me, you just do both and sweat silently when you misjudge the temperature.)
Today, I’m going to talk about fall skin care transition tricks that have worked for me over the years. I hope that sharing some of my secrets will make your transition from a summer beauty routine to a fall one a little less chaotic!
While the weather is cooling down, the temperatures and humidity levels fluctuate so wildly that it’s hard to know how my skin will behave from one day to the next.
Step Up Your Masking Game
I will sing the praises of sheet masks forever and ever, amen. They are an integral part of my routine, and one of the main ways that I keep my skin healthy year-round.
Truthfully, almost any sheet mask will do for a basic layer of extra hydration, but I do recommend keeping an assortment of “fancy” masks on hand for those days when you just need some extra TLC.
One of the easiest things that I’ve learned to keep my skin happy in the fall is to make time for masking. I layer all of my serums, toners, and oils under a mask every night and basically just let my face marinate in all of that goodness for 30 to 45 minutes. The mask helps everything to absorb into my face better, and I’m left with hydrated, healthy skin that can handle whatever the weather throws at me the next day.
If your skin tends toward dryness, I highly recommend layering serums and oils under a hydrating modeling mask! They’re definitely not an everyday thing, but they can make a big difference as a weekly treat.
Look For Nourishing Ingredients in Lighter Formulas
My skin doesn’t handle thick or heavy products very well if there’s even a hint of warm weather or humidity to be found. That makes it hard for me to break out the nourishing creams and oils that I typically use in winter, but I also can’t always rely on my light summer layers to be enough on those windy and chilly in-between days before fall really sets in.
So what’s a girl to do? Compromise, of course!
As it turns out, you can get those same nourishing benefits from watery toners and serums if you know what to look for. Ceramides, glycerin, placental proteins, and fermented ingredients are all extremely nourishing, and they can be found in watery products that are easy to layer without feeling heavy or greasy on your skin.
A couple of my favorite products that fall into this category are Kikumasamune Sake High Moist Lotion (which comes in a big bottle that lets me use it on my scalp and body too—total game changer!) and Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid.
Invest in a Humidifier
Just trust me. A humidifier is a beauty must-have, pretty much regardless of the time of year. Air conditioners and heaters both dry the air out considerably, which is something I didn’t give much thought to until I started actually keeping my humidifier filled.
It makes a HUGE difference, and it’s a really easy way to smooth the skin care transition from summer to fall. Keeping your most lived-in areas humidified will not only help your sinuses (seriously, it’s amazing) but it will also do wonders to make your skin feel more comfortable and look healthier without any extra work.
There are cool-air and warm-air humidifiers, so I recommend reading a little about each before you decide which you want! I personally prefer warm-air ones, but if you have pets or little ones, a cool-air option might work better.
Either way, just be sure that the one you choose is easy to clean! It’s important to regularly clean your humidifier so that nothing funky has a chance to grow in there. That won’t help your skin OR your breathing.
How Do You Handle Fall?
My skin has come a long way over the years, but I am always in the market for more tips, tricks, and hacks to balance my skin’s crazy mood swings! So please, if you have your life more figured out than I do, tell me your secrets! How do you manage the skin care transition between hot summer days and chilly fall ones? I’m all ears!