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Fall Skincare Tips | How to Prep for Changing Seasons

Annelise Hillmann • Sep 07, 2023

Fall is right around the corner (believe it or not). What does that mean for your acne routine? Our skincare routines also need a bit of a revamp to accommodate the shifting weather conditions. The transition from summer to fall brings with it a set of new challenges for our skin, such as increased dryness, potential irritation, and changing skincare needs. Here are some easy steps you can take the manage the seasonal transition and avoid unwanted breakouts. 

1. Add a moisturizer to handle dryness

One of the most noticeable changes during the fall season is the drop in humidity levels, which can lead to increased dryness and dehydration of the skin. To combat this, it's crucial to introduce or upgrade your moisturizer game. Look for richer, more emollient moisturizers that provide an extra layer of protection against moisture loss. Ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin are excellent for attracting and retaining hydration, while natural oils such as jojoba, argan, or rosehip oil can help nourish and lock in moisture.

Consider a day cream that offers SPF protection during the daytime and a heavier night cream that can work its magic while you sleep. Don't forget about your lips either – a good hydrating lip balm should be a staple in your fall skincare arsenal.

2. Pick a fast skincare routine that you can stick to

We all start to get a little busier this time of year with work and school. This is where a streamlined and efficient skincare routine comes in handy. Identify the essential steps that work for your skin and focus on those.

A basic routine might include cleansing, moisturizing, and sun protection during the day. At night, add in a gentle cleanser to remove makeup and dirt, followed by your rich moisturizer. Keeping it simple not only saves you time but also reduces the risk of overloading your skin with too many products, which can lead to sensitivity or breakouts.

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3. Exfoliate more regularly

As the fall season arrives, it's time to pay extra attention to exfoliation. The dry air can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells on the surface, causing your complexion to appear dull and uneven. Regular exfoliation helps to slough off these dead cells, revealing fresher, more radiant skin beneath. However, don't overdo it – exfoliating too frequently or with harsh products can strip your skin of its natural oils and disrupt its barrier.

Opt for gentle exfoliation methods, such as chemical exfoliants with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) or BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) like Salicylic Acid. These chemical exfoliants work by dissolving the bonds between dead skin cells, promoting a smoother and brighter complexion without the need for abrasive physical scrubs.

4. Hydrate from within with water and nutrient-rich foods

While adjusting your skincare routine is important, don't overlook the role of hydration and nutrition in maintaining healthy skin. As the temperature drops, it's easy to forget about drinking enough water, but staying hydrated is crucial for your skin's overall health. Dry air can zap moisture from your skin, making it even more essential to hydrate from within.

Incorporate water-rich foods like cucumbers, watermelon, and oranges into your diet, as they not only provide hydration but also essential vitamins and antioxidants that support your skin's natural glow. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, chia seeds, and walnuts, can also help strengthen your skin's barrier and combat inflammation.

5. Protect your skin barrier with a gentle cleansing approach

As you navigate the fall season, be mindful of how you cleanse your skin. While it's important to keep your skin clean and free from impurities, over-cleansing or using harsh cleansers can compromise your skin's natural barrier – its protective shield against external aggressors.

Opt for a gentle cleanser that effectively removes dirt and makeup without stripping your skin's natural oils. Consider switching to a cream or oil-based cleanser, which can provide a more nourishing and soothing cleansing experience. Cleansing twice a day – once in the morning and once before bed – should suffice unless you've been sweating heavily.


As leaves change color and the air turns crisp, your skincare routine should adapt to the new season's unique challenges. Adding a moisturizer, streamlining your routine, exfoliating regularly, staying hydrated, and using a gentle cleansing approach will help your skin stay radiant and healthy despite the fall weather's potential impact. By taking a holistic approach to skincare, both internally and externally, you can ensure that your skin remains clear for the changing seasons.