Are you on the hunt for a new skincare routine for glowing skin?
If so, congratulations! You know that as the seasons change and the air gets colder, it’s a good idea to shift your skincare routine to help your skin adapt.
The skin is always exposed to the environment—at least the skin on your face and hands—which means it’s more vulnerable to changes in the environment than you may think. The water in the air affects the hydration in the skin, while harsher winds and temperature variations can challenge skin to keep up.
To make sure your skin will look its radiant best this fall, apply the following changes to your skincare routine.
7 Changes to Make to Your Skincare Routine for Glowing Skin
1. Change your cleanser to avoid dryness and tightness.
Your cleanser is one of the most important tools in your skincare arsenal. Yet many of us neglect to change it as the seasons change.
In the summer, it’s often best to use a clarifying cleanser to help wash away the extra sweat, dirt, and grime that collects on your skin as you enjoy outdoor activities. In the fall, though, as the air cools down, your skin needs more moisture, and that starts with your cleanser.
Particularly if you notice that your skin feels tight after cleansing, it’s time to change your cleanser. Instead, it should feel clean but comfortable and hydrated. Choose a lotion or cream cleanser rather than a gel or foam, and make sure it has gentle detergents along with some moisturizing ingredients.
2. Consider a different toner for more hydration.
As with your cleanser, you may need a more moisturizing toner in the fall and winter months. It will help hydrate skin from the start, and will also help ready it for your regular daily moisturizer.
If you’ve been using a clarifying toner, switch it up to a toning mist with natural hydrating extracts. We recommend our Rescue + Relief Spray. Not only will it help hydrate and balance skin, but it also helps tame inflammation and soothe any irritations you may be dealing with.
3. Skincare routine for glowing skin tip: Take a second look at your moisturizer.
Your daily moisturizer may work just fine for both summer and fall, but then again, you may find that you need more moisture in the fall.
Colder air robs your skin of moisture. Are you noticing a tight feeling about halfway through the day? If so, that means you need more moisture—or a higher quality morning moisturizer.
You can also tell by the visibility of your fine lines and wrinkles. Do they seem to jump out in the afternoon and evening? If so, that means your skin is crying out for help.
We recommend our Calming Moisture. It works equally well for all seasons, but it can be especially effective during the fall and winter months when you need that extra hydration. It contains beta-glucan, aloe vera, and oat extract to reduce redness and irritation, and many natural oils like jojoba and sunflower to penetrate deeply into the skin and plump and smooth.
Better yet, this moisturizer will leave your skin with a radiant glow the first time you try it! Makeup artists love it underneath foundation for that reason.
4. If your skin looks dull, step up your exfoliation.
When we think of dead skin cell buildup, we usually think of winter skin. But summer skin may need some additional exfoliation too, particularly if you’re dealing with dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Exfoliation alone won’t completely even out your skin tone, but it will help fade dark spots and give your skin a more radiant glow. Just remember to exfoliate gently so you don’t cause additional damage. Use fruit acids like glycolic, lactic, and malic.
Most scrubs are too harsh for sensitive skin—especially those with harsh crystals, nuts, and beads. There are some gentler options, though, that offer a little scrubbing action along with acid exfoliation.
Shop carefully, then use your product 1-3 times a week, depending on what your skin needs. If you notice redness and irritation, use it less often.
5. Skincare routine for glowing skin tip: Don’t forget your lips!
Lips tend to take a beating in the summer. Sun damage along with chlorine exposure (if you enjoy swimming), repeated licking of the lips, chapping, and more can leave your lips looking pretty beat up by the time fall rolls around.
Start by exfoliating your lips with a gentle sugar scrub. You can even make one yourself by mixing some brown sugar with your favorite carrier oil, then scrubbing your lips with your finger, a washcloth, or a toothbrush.
Then apply an extra moisturizing balm to your lips right after exfoliating. We recommend our Restorative Skin Balm. It helps instantly soften severely dry skin and contains natural oils like sea buckthorn and arnica to help heal and regenerate skin cells. Bee’s wax safeguards the moisture barrier, while shea butter helps plump and soften.
Repeat this process a few times a week—as many as your lips seem to need to recover that soft, luscious look.
6. Address those large pores.
Summer heat inspires us to sweat more, which means that by the time fall arrives, you may notice that your pores look more visible than usual.
Tweak your skincare routine to address those visible pores. The best way is to use a purifying mask that helps absorb the excess oil, clean the grime out of your pores, and leave your pores looking smaller.
Clay and mud masks are typically the best options for this job, as they are gentle enough not to harm your skin but very effective at drawing the junk out of your pores. Use one of these 2-3 times a week until you start to notice a difference, then you can back off and use it only when needed.
7. Skincare routine for glowing skin tip: Treat that dry skin around your eyes.
Summer weather takes its toll on the skin around your eyes. You may have squinted more in the sun, which can exacerbate fine lines and wrinkles, and if you suffer from fall allergies, you can bet that you’ll notice more puffiness under your eyes too.
Start with a dedicated eye cream, if you don’t already have one. Many people simply use their regular moisturizer for their eyes, but a cream made specifically for the eyes is likely to have specific ingredients meant to address fine lines and wrinkles, sagging, and puffiness.
It may help to get a product that includes retinal. Retinol and retinoid are vitamin A derivatives that stimulate cell turnover and collagen production, and they can help revitalize wrinkles and improve the appearance of fine lines.
Vitamin C is another good ingredient to have in your eye cream. It helps rebuild collagen, and will also provide antioxidant protection for the skin around your eyes.
How do you change up your routine for glowing fall skin?