It’s not just foliage and wardrobes that reinvent themselves with each season. Your skin goes through its own changes as the weather shifts, particularly as we move from summer to fall. The best fall skin care routine will support healthy, glowing skin, using hydrating skin care products that ensure your skin is properly nourished.
Why does hydration matter? Your skin is always exposed to environmental stressors, such as sun and wind. During the summer months, humidity levels in the air are elevated (even in dry climates), which makes it easier to keep your skin moisturized. Summer also tends to make it easier to be outdoors, which has great benefits for your skin. Whether you are swimming in the ocean, kayaking, or hiking on a wooded trail, summer activities boost circulation and deliver key nutrients to your skin.
As the summer season shifts into fall, however, the humidity drops and the air that comes into contact with your skin can actually deplete the moisture you need to keep skin healthy and supple. This is why hydrating skin care products are so important—particularly for those with naturally dry skin.
Don’t let cooler fall temperatures wreak havoc on your skin. Keep your skin soft, supple, and hydrated with expert fall skin tips from Abbey St. Clare! Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best autumn skin care tips, along with our top picks for hydrating skin care products.
Your summer moisturizer may not be enough to stave off dry, flaky, or irritated skin during the fall. Choosing a thicker moisturizer not only gives a soothing, luxurious texture to your skin, but it also delivers higher concentrations of fatty acids, such as ceramides and alpha lipoic acid. The best fall skin care routine involves a moisturizer that will not only hydrate your skin, but create a protective barrier against moisture loss throughout the season.
One of our favorite fall skin care products is The Yellow Creme. In fact, this moisturizer is versatile enough to deliver rich moisture all year round, suitable for young and mature skin alike. The Yellow Creme restores skin hydration and protects against moisture loss with vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, DMAE, and turmeric. As a powerful anti-aging cream, it also contains argireline—a natural-based alternative to Botox.
Year-long exfoliation is a prime factor in glowing skin, which includes the fall season. Exfoliants are incredibly effective and useful products to have in your fall skin care routine. Exfoliating your skin helps remove dead skin cells, open pores, even skin tone, and create a better surface for serums and creams to absorb deep within your skin. And many exfoliants include skin renewal agents, such as glycolic acids and alpha hydroxy acids, promoting better cell renewal and healthy, glowing skin.
As with so many skin care products, moderation is key. Make sure you are not over-exfoliating with too much scrubbing (or ingredients that are too powerful for regular use). Over-exfoliating can cause your skin to become dry, irritated, and much more sensitive to cooler temperatures. Instead of vigorously scrubbing, use a gentle massaging motion to ensure that you are exfoliating properly.
Our Green Tea Scruff Exfoliating Cleanser can be used two to four times each week for incredibly smooth and soft skin. The micro-crystalline beads (used in professional micro-dermabrasion treatments) help exfoliate and polish the surface of your skin, while salicylic acid and glycolic acid clean pores deep down to minimize their appearance and protect against breakouts. Use before your moisturizer or serum to maximize your skin’s ability to receive and retain moisture.
Are you using a harsh cleanser during the summer months to wash away impurities, oil, and sweat? It may be time to switch to a gentler cleanser during the fall. We tend to be much more active during the summer, which may mean that you need to use a clarifying cleanser to combat the pore-clogging effects of exercise and activity—but if you aren’t as active in the fall months, that same cleanser can cause excessive dryness and irritation. Your skin should feel nourished, supple, and refreshed after using a cleanser. If your skin feels tight or dry, that’s a good sign that you may need to switch out your clarifying cleanser for a moisturizing cleanser instead.
Our White Tea Cleansing Milk is the perfect way to keep your skin clean without sacrificing moisture. This balanced formula allows moisture to sink deep into your skin to eliminate dryness and tightness, keeping skin supple and hydrated. A blend of vitamins C, E, and A, botanical hydrosols, white and green tea extracts, milk, and honey work together to gently cleanse and nourish your skin, removing impurities and makeup without stripping your skin of essential moisture.
Toner is a key piece of any skin care routine, particularly when you consider that it helps create a protective barrier against typical autumn stressors such as wind and chilly temperatures. This is because toner helps close pores, decreasing absorption of contaminants such as environmental pollution and even chlorine. The best toners for a fall skin care routine will also act as humectants, encouraging moisture to bind to your skin during harsher temperatures.
Our non-drying Aniba Tonic is specially formulated for skin that is sensitive, dry, or easily irritated. It contains organic distillates, extracts, and antioxidants to promote better all-around skin health. Not only does it clean pores and leave skin revitalized, but it also leaves behind a moisturizing barrier to soothe and protect sensitive skin.
The importance of protecting your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays doesn’t disappear as the summer fades. During the fall season, it is even more important to ensure that your skin is protected from the harmful effects of the sun—particularly for those who want to minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. Sunscreen may not feel like a key part of your fall skin care routine when the sky is overcast, but even when the sun isn’t shining, your skin is still susceptible to damage from UVA and UVB rays.
Our Mineral Sheer Tint Foundation comes with SPF 20 protection for broad-spectrum coverage against the sun. It can be used on its own as a foundation, or underneath your existing foundation as a primer to deliver much-needed hydration and UVA/UVB protection. Vitamin A gives this foundation the anti-aging benefit of improving skin tone and clarity, while natural light-diffusing pigments minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To provide long-lasting sun protection, this powerhouse foundation also combines two of the most effective natural mineral sunscreen ingredients: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Masks blanket the skin with nourishing ingredients, increase circulation, encourage cellular renewal, and deliver much-needed nutrients. Incorporating masks into your regular fall skin care routine is a great way to ensure that your skin is getting a powerful dose of vitamins and minerals—but you don’t need to buy a dedicated mask in order to do so! Instead, you can get amazing results by creating hydrating masks from the skin care products that you already have in your cabinet.
Our Essential Earth Elements cleanser is a rich, clay-based cleanser that also doubles as a wonderful mask treatment. When left on clean skin for 15 minutes, this cleanser draws out deep impurities while balancing oils and maintaining hydration. A balance of minerals such as calcium, silica, magnesium, zinc, and potassium provide subtle and natural exfoliation while enhancing your skin’s texture and tone. Anti-aging tea extracts, essential oils, alpha hydroxy acids, aloe, shea butter, and mango butter soothe and refresh skin while supporting better moisture retention.
You can also create a mask from your favorite Abbey St. Clare tonic, such as our Comfrey Tonic or our Vitamin C Tonic. Leaving tonic on your skin will enhance its effects and promote deeper absorption of your serums and moisturizing treatments. Soak a piece of gauze in toner and let it rest on your skin. After five minutes, remove the gauze and gently massage any excess toner into your skin for best results.
No matter what kind of skin you have—whether it is oily, dry, sensitive, or anywhere in between—having a good fall skin care regimen can make all the difference. Take care of your skin by nourishing it with the moisture it needs to stay healthy, strong, and vibrant all year round. Use these autumn skin care tips to reevaluate your fall skin care routine and ensure that your skin is properly protected for cooler, drier weather. Let Abbey St. Clare guide you toward the best skin care products that nature and science can offer, keeping your skin hydrated and glowing throughout every season.
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