Think you can just coast through the fall with the same skin care routine you had all summer? No way—but here’s your crash course on how to rejuvenate and refresh your skin so it looks and feels sensational this season.
- Prime your skin: Remember that slip n’ slide feeling you had all summer, as your makeup refused to stay put? While your foundation should cooperate better in fall, a primer will not only ensure that your makeup sits tight throughout the day, it’ll act as another moisture-adding layer to your skin before you apply your makeup.
- Grab a tool: Summer sun brings environmental pollutants that get into your skin and accelerate the aging process. A cleansing tool with an oscillating brush head has the ability to clean skin up to six times more effectively than your fingertips, which means those toxins will take a hike—for good.
- Exfoliate: At the end of summer, skin can look dry and dull, thanks to a buildup of dead skin cells. To get rid of them use a gentle exfoliator the smaller the granules, the better, especially if you have sensitive skin.
- Protect your hard work: Even if the sun isn’t shining, you still need sun protection—daily. In your own ways protect yourself from the sun as much as you can.
- Go heavy on the night cream: During summer, a rich night cream is a very bad idea because it can clog pores, but in the fall, it’s the best way of keeping your skin hydrated, the thicker the better to ensure all the hydration you’re putting into your skin stays locked in overnight.
- Use a serum: Before any other thing in the morning, apply a serum to your skin before you apply your day cream. By doing this, hydrating serum will add an extra hit of moisture right from the get-go.
- Add a masque: Once a week, add a facial masque to your evening regime. Choose one that’s either purifying or super-hydrating.
- Cleanse: As the humidity escapes the air, you may find your skin feels drier. To help your skin cope, choose a cream or milk-based, non-foaming cleanser. Cleanser is going to strip your skin of natural oils, while a non-foaming creamy cleanser will contain hydrating properties to add extra moisture to your skin. Cleanse your face at night only! It may be tempting to scrub your skin during your morning shower, but since all you did was sleep, you don’t need to—and skipping that step will keep your skin hydrated from the night cream you applied eight hours earlier.