A beauty guru’s guide to transitioning your skin-care regimen from summer to fall – Well+Good
Real talk: Though the beach and pool floatie season is coming to an end (sad face), chances are you’re excited about the humidity going away. Because nothing’s more frustrating than spending your morning diligently applying your (natural) makeup only to sweat it off during your commute.
Enter the fall season, when your serums and BB creams are safe from the heat of the summer. But as you start incorporating your beloved leather and denim jackets back into your wardrobe, it’s also time to protect your skin from the dropping temperatures—so a skin-care regimen switch-up is in order.
“There’s a drop in the humidity and it’s getting colder,” says Cara Peloso, a healer and skin-care guru at the clean beauty boutique CAP Beauty (of New York’s West Village and soon-to-be Los Angeles). “You’re also not going to be in the sun as much, so it’s a prime time to start using stronger anti-aging products like retinol.” (That’s because active ingredients like that are typically photosensitive, leaving you more prone to sun damage.) Her go-to is Marie Veronique’s Gentle Retinol Serum.
“Try to start the season with a facial so you get a good exfoliation treatment.”
To begin on a good—and radiant—foot, treat yourself to a trip to the spa. “Try to start the season with a facial so you get a good exfoliation treatment,” says Peloso. “This will help your skin prepare for the upcoming weather and get all that sunscreen buildup off.” Not going to argue with that.
Another luxury you get to partake in now that summer’s ending? You can layer your serums just like you do your sweaters. “Your skin’s going to need more protection in colder weather,” notes Peloso. “You tend to stay indoors more so the air is dryer—especially in city apartments that have those metal radiators.” She also strongly advises getting a humidifier so your skin doesn’t dry out—because moisture is the essence of beauty, after all.
And, since peak hygge months are on their way back, Peloso points out that it’s the perfect opportunity to begin indulging in your self-care practice. “In the colder months, everything slows down,” says Peloso. “Spending more time massaging your face as you cleanse keeps your skin supple and relaxed.” That frozen-and-dry face dilemma will stand no chance.