Fall Product Switch Up

As you are thinking about packing away the bathing suits and flip flops until next summer, it is also the perfect time to review your skincare and beauty products.  This time of year is more about a slight tweaking vs a major overhaul of the regimen. Here are our recommendations including 3 of our picks to set aside for fall and the products to replace them with.

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Self-tanner. A sunny glow is appropriate all year long, but your summer self-tanner might be a little too bold for the fall and winter. Instead, try a subtle powder bronzer to give you a little color without looking like you just stepped out of the tanning salon. Go for warmer, richer shades instead of summer’s pink, beachy bronzers.

Tinted moisturizer. During the hot summer months, lightweight, double-duty products were ideal to even out your complexion without feeling too heavy. For fall weather, though, you’ll want to go with a separate moisturizer and foundation.  If you have dry skin, look for a more hydrating foundation formula in addition to your moisturizer.  if you have oily skin use a lotion followed by a foundation that won’t clog pores.

Alcohol based toner. Toners can help prevent summer breakouts by gently unclogging pores.  Using a toner on drier fall skin could over strip your skin of oil, making it overly dry and irritated and worse, it will try to overcompensate by making more oil.  Try switching to a water-based tonic or refresher that has ingredients like rosewater, glycerin, hyaluronic acid and vitamin B derivatives like panthenol, which help lock in moisture.

What to keep?

Sunscreen.  You may be thinking about putting away the sunscreen. Don’t! No matter what the weather, UV exposure puts you at risk for skin cancer and damage that manifests later in life through lines, wrinkles and age spots.  Your skin needs sun protection 365 days a year.

What to add?

More Moisture.  Moisturizer is important no matter what the season, but when the weather gets cooler, there is less humidity, so skin feels a little drier. Fall is time to switch to slightly heavier creams vs lotions.  Or find ways to add more moisture with special moisturizing treatment masks or adding a serum to your regimen.

So with a few tweaks to your regimen now, your skin will stay healthy long after the leaves start to fall.

What are your tips for tweaking your skin care regimen for fall?

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