Skincare to Fall For: Tips to Transition Your Summer Beauty Routine into Fall
You trade in your cool, comfy tanks and body-baring bikinis for cozy cashmere sweaters, wool blazers, and leather ankle booties, so what about your skincare routine? You winterize your wardrobe every September, so it would be only fitting to do the same for your skincare. In fact, depending on your personal skin type, you may still be able to use that must-have eye cream you’ve been dabbing on all season.
It’s always a bummer saying bye-bye to the lazy, fun-in-the-sun days of summer, but with the incoming cooler temps and beautiful fall foliage just ahead of us, it’s also exciting to finally pull out our beloved leather moto jackets, over-the-knee boots, and those sexy, black skinnies we got for a steal on clearance last winter. While we diligently update our summer closet essentials to meet our winter wardrobe requisites, we should follow suit with our skincare, as well. It’s more than just switching out your to-die-for daily cleanser in travel-ready stick form. Honestly, it just takes a few simple swaps and switch-outs to transition your carefree summer skincare into the fall foray. Mainly, the fall is the time to repair some of that skin damage you might have incurred while frolicking in the sun-drenched seas with that handsome hottie, especially if you were too pre-occupied to re-apply every two hours. So, it’s part gearing up for the cooler, dry-aired temps by moisturizing, moisturizing, and moisturizing and part reparative of summer’s past.
Depending on your personal skin type, you may have to opt for a creamy, ceramide-based facial cleanser come fall. While the summer was all about oil control, the fall and winter will be about locking in moisture as much as you possibly can and your cleansing routine is a great start. If you’ve been using a gel-based cleanser, make a clean break and try a heavier oil or balm version to clean your canvas every night. Same for your bod. Swap out your go-to body wash and try sudsing up with a richly hydrating, botanical oil-based shower oil while under the spray. The intoxicatingly sweet-scented, almond oil-infused Almond Shower Oil by L’Occitane ($25) will leave your skin glistening and glowing and will be your new fall fave. And, it’s way more pampering than anything that is pumpkin spice. We promise.
Although soaking in a hot, bubble bath or stepping beneath an even hotter shower on a frigid morning sounds tempting, try to keep your water temperature a bit lower – like lukewarm lower. The hotter the H2O, the more capable it is to suck the living moisture lights out of your skin. Also, try to keep both bath and showers as short as possible. While water is necessary to clean, refresh, and revitalize, too much of a good thing can be bad for our transitioning skin.
Hydrate Like HELL!
After stepping from shower or bath, slather still-damp body from top to bottom with a long-lasting, body-beautifying, botanical-rich body oil that will lock in all that much-needed moisture for hours and hours. Want one that pulls double and triple duty? Try Kashmere Kollections Luxurious Toning Oil that supports skin’s elasticity, tone, and texture, while deeply hydrating and deliciously scenting the skin with the Kashmere Kollections signature beach-y, vanilla, pastille fragrance. If you’re especially prone to getting extra dry, itchy skin during the cooler months, double up by slathering a layer of the coconut oil and shea butter -enriched Kashmere Kollections Ultra Smoothing Body Butter for baby-soft, super supple skin for up to 24 hours! For your complexion, try incorporating a facial oil or ampoule into your skincare routine for an immediate and long-lasting hydration boost. Try Darphin 8-Flower Nectar Revitalizing Facial Oil ($150) with a precious blend of flower essences and omegas 3 and 6 for a gorgeous, glowing complexion, plus a burst of anti-aging, beautifying benefits in every blissfully aromatic drop. You’ll instantly feel like you were transported to the warm, tropical sands of the Hawaiian Islands whilst braving a burgeoning blizzard.
Just because the sun’s rays won’t be as harsh and scorching as they were during the past 4 months, doesn’t mean you’re off the hook with wearing your spf. The sun will still rise, even if it’s hiding behind those ominous, moody clouds. So, slather on at least an SPF of 15 or higher every single day to prevent unnecessary UV damage. And, yes, re-apply, re-apply, re-apply.
You’ll still need to exfoliate your skin, but just not as much as you did in the summer months. If you exfoliated 2-3 times a week during the summer, scale back to 1-2 times a week come the fall. Overzealous buffing of the skin can lead to redness, irritation, and uncomfortable dryness and itchiness. Follow the same procedure for your body when using your Kashmere Kollections Silken Body Polish. Remember about “too much of a good thing.” Dry air aggravates drier skin types, so keep the exfoliation to a minimum, if possible.
If you don’t already use it, you may want to prep your morning make-up masterpiece with a layer of skin-perfecting primer. Doing so eliminates the use of subsequent powdering, which can really dehydrate and dull the skin, accentuating fine lines and pores. So, make primer your new beauty BFF.
Heavenly, Healthy Hair
Keep strands supple, soft, and silky by applying a botanical-imbued hair oil or serum from mid-shaft to ends, like alcohol-free, macadamia oil-infused Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil ($40) that instantly vanishes into hair, leaving long-lasting hydration and a scene-stealing sheen. Plus, skip the sink and wash hair no more than three times a week to prevent dry, flaky follicles and itchy, sore scalp. Keep grease and grime at bay by blasting roots award-winning Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($20). If possible, keep hot tools on ice most of the time as the incurred heat can really wreak havoc on hair.
A few times a week, swap out your purifying charcoal mask for a hydrating sheet mask that imbue the skin with up to 10 times more serum benefits in one application than through conventional application from the bottle or tube. Sheet masks offer a supercharged delivery of highly-active ingredients in just one skin-saving, routine-simplifying sitting. Plus, these Korean-born skin goodies are really fun to use and share via social media channels. For the ultimate, skin-sumptuous treat any time of the year, try a snail secrete-infused sheet mask that will sure to leave your complexion plumped, pretty, and protected in just 15 fast minutes.
Keep cuticle oil in purse for during-the-day drops to hydrate dry nails and cuticles. Layer with a ceramide and/or shea butter –rich hand crème for a double duty defense against dryness. At night, slather clean, tired tootsies with a few dollops of a rich, beautifying foot balm and slip on your cotton Kashmere Kollections Plush Slipper Socks to seal in all the moisturizing yummy-ness. Come morning, your sexy-soft soles will be high heel-worthy. Try Soap and Glory Heel Genius ($10) with macadamia oil, menthol, and fruit acid sole-smoothers, like lemon and lime. Foot fetish, anyone?
The Eyes Have It
If you were using a gel-based eye cream/serum during the summer, try upgrading to a creamier formulated one this fall to combat fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. Don’t let the dry indoor heat irritate and dehydrate your precious peepers. Keep them bright-eyed and beautiful by dabbing your orbital area with a smidgen of a rich, creamy eye balm every day and night.