Having clear, healthy skin continues to be one of the top beauty goals in the country as Americans are projected to spend over $16 million on skincare products this year. In the hopes of keeping one’s skin hydrated and blemish-free, more people are starting to see the benefits of having a skincare routine tailored to their needs. However, changing weather can also affect the state of one’s complexion, which is why it is important to use products and certain skincare techniques that would work well for a specific season.

As the weather turns cooler in the following weeks, skincare aficionados know that tailoring their skincare routine to the season will result in a radiant glow even when the temperature drops. Here’s a guide to keeping your skin healthy and glowing this fall.

Rethink Your Cleanser

If your skin starts to feel tight, dry, and itchy every time the weather gets colder, then the first thing that you should do is to change some of the products that you use on a daily basis, such as your body soap and facial cleanser. Your regular soap may have worked well to keep you squeaky clean this summer, but for fall, it may be better to use a cleanser enriched with moisturizers or natural oils to keep your skin hydrated. For all-over cleansing, a creamy body wash is your best bet to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

For your face, try a hydrating and balancing formula to keep dry patches away. Also, if you’ve never tried double cleansing before, now would be the right time to start as it can keep your face clean without stripping away your skin’s natural oils. To double cleanse, start by massaging a cleansing oil or balm onto your face to gently draw out makeup, SPF, and soot from your pores, then rinse with lukewarm water. Next, work a foam cleanser onto your face to get rid of sweat and dirt, then rinse.

Don’t Skip Moisturizer

When the weather turns crisp and cold, using a moisturizer—and being diligent about it—is key to prevent dryness. Keeping your skin moisturized also helps to keep itch and flakes away, and it can also reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re satisfied with your current moisturizer, there’s no reason why you should replace it. However, if you find yourself reaching for it several times a day, it may be better to switch to a richer formula to keep your skin looking great. Take a few minutes to massage the moisturizer onto your skin to make sure that it absorbs well.

Apart from using a moisturizer, there are other ways to hydrate your skin this fall. Try using a moisturizing foundation, cushion compact, or BB cream as your base—not only will it give your face a flawless look, but any of these can help to give your skin a dewy look throughout the day. Once you’re done applying your makeup, set it with a moisturizing mist. Korean beauty brands carry different face mists variants, and the best thing is that they don’t cost a lot. Use this instead of powder to refresh your makeup throughout the day and you’ll notice that your skin looks more hydrated and healthy than it ever was.

Ease Up On The Exfoliation

Exfoliating your skin during the hot summer months may have helped to keep blemishes at bay, but once the weather turns, it’s best to ease up on the scrubbing to keep your skin healthy. If you’re used to exfoliating three times a week, cut back and scrub up only once a week. You can also use an oil-based scrub to replenish your skin, or better yet, you can make your own using natural ingredients that you already have in your kitchen.

For a skin-friendly exfoliant to use this fall, combine a cup of fine sea salt with half a cup of olive oil and a few drops of rosemary oil. If you need extra hydration, try mixing a cup of sugar with sesame oil or coconut oil and a few drops of blue chamomile essential oil. Use the scrub once a week for soft and smooth skin.

Having great-looking skin all-year round is possible if you use the right products and tailor your skincare techniques to suit the weather. And as always, a sensible diet, getting enough rest and drinking eight glasses of water a day will ensure that your skin is at its best no matter what time of year. Follow these tips to have radiant, clear, and healthy skin this fall. If itching and dryness persist, consult a dermatologist for treatment or medication.

Resources & Further Reading

1. Skin Care, Statista, https://www.statista.com/outlook/70020000/109/skin-care/united-states

2. 9 Face Cleansers To Take Your Skin Gracefully From Summer To Fall, Allure, https://www.allure.com/gallery/new-fall-skin-care-face-cleansers

3. Double Cleansing Routine: The Tutorial, The Klog, https://theklog.co/double-cleanse-tutorial/

4. Here’s How To DIY The Best Body Scrub For Your Skin, InStyle, https://www.instyle.com/news/best-diy-body-scrub-recipes-skin