For many people, taking care of their skin is something they do every night, and every morning, they have the go-to products that work for them and use them diligently. For others, at the end of a long day, taking off their makeup seems like a chore, let alone completely a skincare routine. However, our skin is a strong indicator of our overall well-being, and investing in it will always pay off. If you need the inspiration to take care of your skin, Fall is a great time to start, as the harsher, cold weather can do a number on untreated skin. Keep reading for the essentials every woman needs this Fall and Winter for a beautiful, healthy, glowing complexion.
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Some women shy away from exfoliating products because they’ve had bad experiences in the past. However, exfoliation is essential for soft, youthful skin. Instead of abrasive scrubs, opt for a serum exfoliator like Glycolic or Hyaluronic acids. Exfoliators must be leaned into, so start once a week and build up to every few days. Exfoliation helps slough away dead skin cells to reveal beautifully soft skin.
One of the core steps to a solid skincare routine is finding the right cleanser. The great thing about gel cleansers is they work for all skin types and ages. A gel face cleanser will help prep your skin for any moisturizers and makeup you apply for the day, as well as your skin in the evening for the serums and creams you use overnight.
With the Fall and Winter months comes beautiful crisp weather, but cold weather can be incredibly drying for your delicate facial skin. If you have an oily skin type, you’ll still want to use a lighter moisturizer during the day but a hydrating cream in the evening to help with moisture retention during cold weather. If you have mature or dry skin, you can use a moisture-rich hydrating cream underneath your makeup or on a bare face during the day. Cream is critical during cold weather.
Toners for Tightness
Toners are one of the most universally underused products in skincare. But, if you’re looking to minimize pores and tighten skin, it’s a step you don’t want to skip this Fall. Toners are applied after facial cleansing and before any other products are used. They dry quickly and take seconds to add to your routine. The benefit is reduced pore size and softer complexion with continued use.
Just because it’s cold outside and you’re not basking under the sun doesn’t mean you can skip the SPF. If adding yet another product into your skincare routine seems daunting, plenty of products come with SPF already in their formulation. Apply it diligently every morning, whether you opt for a tinted moisturizer with SPF or a stand-alone SPF product. Sun can damage the skin causing premature aging or more serious skin concerns like melasma, so protecting your face from its harmful rays is essential, even in the Fall.
Our lips are something that people focus on while they’re engaging with us, so neglecting them is never a good look. Investing in lip moisturizers is a great idea, but you can go beyond a tube of chapstick. Using lip exfoliators and moisturizers in the shower will keep your lips soft and supple. In the evening, use a thicker lip balm than you might during the day; some women even swear by petroleum jelly!
Separate Eye Creams
Tending to your delicate eye area takes extra TLC outside your typical skincare routine. The skin around our eyes is thinner than the rest of the skin on our face, so investing in a hydrating eye cream for the window will keep your peepers looking perky and wide awake. Nothing can make you look tired, like wrinkles around your eyes or dehydration, so pay attention to your eyes, and you’ll look and feel your best all through Fall and Winter.
Taking care of your skin can become second nature, and even the most involved routines can be pared down to minutes with practice. While it takes some trial and error to find products that work for you, it’s worth investing the time. Now, get glowing!