I was still in full summer mode last week in Florida, but now that I’m back in DC I’m definitely feeling the fall temperatures! In addition to switching out my summer wardrobe, it’s also time to update my summer skincare routine.
Do we need a fall routine?
Short answer: Yes!
Long answer: Our skin’s oil production actually fluctuates with the temperature. The warmer it is, the more oil we produce, and vice versa (source). Since our skin isn’t producing as much oil in the cooler months, it’s important we replenish these emollients through our products to protect our skin against the elements and lock in the hydration! Nothing sucks moisture like the heat on full blast!
This doesn’t mean we need to get rid of everything we used during the summer, that’d just be wasteful and super expensive. Sometimes all you need is an extra product or two!
My fall/winter routine staples
1. Thicker toners and emulsions
Instead of water-based toners, I prefer products with some oils in them to make up for what my skin lacks. My favorite is the Laneige Cream Skin Refiner, which I’ve reviewed here and still adore. It’s simple, gentle, and insanely hydrating without being too heavy, just perfection in a bottle.
Emulsion is an interesting skincare category and not often discussed because they can be confusing. Is it moisturizer or a serum? My answer is it depends! If your skin is extra thirsty, use it to add extra moisture before your cream, but otherwise you can use this alone or mixed with facial oils as your last step. I’ve really grown to love emulsions for their versatility, and a favorite of mine is the Amorepacific Essential Cream Fluid*, reviewed here., but lately I’m also enjoying the Donginbi Red Ginseng Moisture & Balancing Emulsion* mixed with a bit of oil in the am before my sunscreen!
2. Misting generously
Chances are you already have a mist in your stash, all you need to do is use it more generously! I like to create a hydration sandwich by misting my skin between every skincare step. Not only does damp skin absorb products better, but by adding our emollient layers over the mist we can lock the extra hydration! Currently I’m using the Klairs Fundamental Ampule Mist* which has a base of green tea water and a smorgasbord of humectants.
In case you don’t have a mist, look for bi-phase ones that include nourishing oils, like the Pixi Glow Mist*, Sioris Time is Running Out Mist, or Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist. You can use these in place of toners or to add hydration throughout the day, and since they contain oils, they’ll lock in the moisture automatically.
3. All the oils!
It’s no secret that I love facial oils year round, but they’re must-haves in my fall/winter routine since my skin is naturally producing less. Here are a few that I love:
- Naruko Supreme Rejuvenating Elixir Oil* – The lightest oil I’ve tried but still moisturizing and gives me mochi soft skin. Reviewed here.
- Sunday Riley CEO Glow – A light/medium weight oil with a lovely blend of antioxidants like vitamin c and turmeric. Really does make your skin glow!
- Dewy & Bae Raw Glow* – A lightweight oil with great ingredients that’s just a joy to use. Plus it’s reasonably priced too, and get 10% off with code GEEKYPOSHE! Reviewed here.
- Activist Collective Precious Oils Active Infusion* – Lightweight but incredibly nourishing, it’s got an amazing mix of great oils and antioxidants to really moisturize and protect the skin, plus 5% of sales go to environment advocacy! Get 10% off with code GEEKYPOSH. Reviewed here.
I’m currently testing the Saint Jane Beauty Serum which stands out with its 500mg of CBD, and so far I like it, just not sure I love it yet.
Also oils don’t have to be expensive or complex. Single oils like rosehip or squalane will work just as well, and minimize any chances of sensitivities. Here are a few wallet-friendly options all under $10!
Not sure how to incorporate facial oils in your routine? Here are 5 ways I use them in mine!
So you see, a seasonal routine switch doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. As a matter of fact completely switching up your routine might even upset your skin if it’s sensitive, so it’s always better to keep things simple. Hope you found this post helpful, and stay warm!