With fall right around the corner (hello pumpkin spice latte!), it’s time to talk skin! The start of fall should coincide with skin renewal and repair from the ravages of summer sun and heat.
Autumn brings cooler temperatures and a drop in humidity, so the focus is all about keeping skin hydrated and protected from the dry, chilly winds and prepared for the colder, harsh winter months ahead.
No matter your skin type, hydration reigns supreme when it comes to your fall skincare routine. Stepping up your moisturizer game is essential in colder months, and that goes for the skin on your face and body. And just like your fall and winter outfits, don’t be afraid to layer the products which helps to lock in moisture!
Here, I’ve rounded up 15 tried-and-tested skincare saviors to scoop up this fall — serums, moisturizers, exfoliants, and more — that’ll keep your skin smooth and supple through sweater season!
1. Lumene Valo Glow Essence ($23)
Formulated with two different types of ultra-hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and vitamin C, this glow-boosting serum will help you ditch dull skin! It also contains pure arctic spring water and antioxidants that work together to make your skin look smoother, supple and radiant with daily use.
There are few things as autumnal as a pumpkin-based mask! Drenched in pumpkin fruit extract and 24K gold, this bio-cellulose sheet mask gives your skin some extra TLC while soothing and nourishing to add a natural dewiness to your complexion. It’s just an added bonus that this fall-friendly pick is under $10!
Need more budget-friendly masking options? Try one of these best drugstore face masks for dry skin that will give you glowing skin overnight!
Packed with a whopping concentration of 20% vitamin C, this super-charged formula is the perfect pick to lighten the brown pigmentation from the summer sun.
Plus, it also features potent amounts of antioxidants ferulic acid and vitamin E (tocopherol), making it an outstanding option for stressed out skin that has spent too much time in the sun. From fine lines and wrinkles to dullness and discoloration, this vitamin C serum provides a powerful solution to your post-summer skincare woes.
This velvety, skin-brightening cream with stabilized vitamin C takes skin from dry and lackluster to dewy and luminous in seconds. Enriched with shea butter and powerful botanicals, it has a soufflé-like texture that’s light and airy, yet super moisturizing to coddle weather-worn skin. Not to mention, its lovely lavender scent will help you relax and drift off to sleep!
5. Milani Prep + Brighten Rose Face Oil ($14)
Want to give your skin an extra extra dose of nourishment? Try this new brightening face oil by Milani that contains an indulgent blend of rosehip, sunflower, apricot, sweet almond, and jojoba oils, plus vitamin C. Not only does it increase your skin’s radiance but also protects it from damaging free radicals.
The rose-scented face oil is elegantly lightweight and absorbs quickly without leaving skin greasy or shiny. And a little goes a long way!
Just because the days are shorter and the temps are cooler, you shouldn’t skip SPF in the fall. While the UVB rays responsible for suntans and sunburns are not as strong in autumn, the UVA rays that cause skin cancer and premature wrinkles are just as powerful.
Olay Total Effects Whip SPF 25 delivers broad-spectrum UV protection with a weightless feel and shine-free finish…how many SPF products can you say that about? Not to mention, it packs a hydrating (not greasy) punch, thanks to an A-plus combination of skin-smoothing niacinamide, antioxidant vitamins C, E and green tea.
7. Glossier Priming Moisturizer ($22)
Makeup meets skincare with this two-in-one moisturizer and primer – at a price that’s nice! It has a cushiony soft texture that smooths skin and blurs pores for a dewy fresh canvas that’s ready for makeup.
Skincare wise, it contains many praiseworthy ingredients including glycerin, antioxidant plant extracts, green tea and sodium hyaluronate. This comforting cream allows you to layer and build up to the perfect amount of moisture depending on climate, season or how your skin’s feeling on any given day.
8. Dove Exfoliating Body Polish ($10)
Cooler weather means skin is more prone to dry, flaky struggles. For your body, fall is a great time to introduce a body scrub once or twice a week to ward off dry, itchy patches before they happen.
Made with 1/4 moisturizing cream, Dove Body Polish has an indulgent scent and rich whipped formula that nourishes as it gently exfolaites, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth.
Perfect for anyone with uneven skin tone/texture, dull or blotchy skin (the usual side effects of summer fun in the sun!) this amazing AHA based leave-on exfoliant is truly a skincare savior! With a potent blend of glycolic, lactic, tartaric and malic acids, the weightless serum gives you picture-perfect smoothness – minus the irritation.
It’s gentle enough for all skin types, even sensitive skin (thanks to its skin-soothing complex with hyaluronic acid, antioxidant vitamins C + E, aloe, colloidal oatmeal and ceramides)
10. Alpha Skin Care Dual Action Skin Lightener ($10.99)
Struggling with pesky brown spots from sun damage, hyperpigmentation or scars from past breakouts? This drugstore dark spot treatment lightens and brightens skin at a price that won’t break the bank! It tackles discolorations with a combination of 2% hydroquinone for lightening dark spots plus 10% glycolic acid for exfoliation and improving skin tone and clarity.
11. Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser ($6.59)
That “squeaky clean” feeling isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If your face feels dry or tight after you wash, it could mean that your cleanser is actually stripping your skin of its natural moisture —which can lead to more dryness.
For fall, look for a gentle option like Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser that removes dirt, oil and makeup effortlessly while leaving your skin soft, fresh and healthy! It is suitable for all skin types, whether oily and acne-prone, dry, sensitive, or combination.
Dealing with stubborn clogged pores, blackheads, acne, sun damage and fine lines all at the same time? This light-as-water leave-on exfoliant pairs skin-smoothing salicylic acid (2%) with sheer hydrating ingredients, peptides and antioxidants to deliver a complete solution for those annoying complexion concerns!
Follow it up with a moisturizer on top to lock in hydration. Although suitable for all skin types, this one is a must-have for oily, acne-prone skin.
Even if you don’t have noticeable fine lines or wrinkles yet, all of that sneaky summer sun damage can have aging repercussions and that’s where anti-ager retinol comes to the rescue!
One of the most affordable retinol serum on the market, this water-free solution contains a 5% concentration of an advanced retinoid active complex called Granactive Retinoid that has been shown to offer better results against multiple signs of aging than retinol without any of the irritation and drawbacks common with retinol.
Free of parabens, mineral oil, alcohol and silicones, it has a lightweight serum texture that works well for all skin types. If you’re totally new to retinoids, start with The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane (zero irritation) and work your way up.
14. Pixi Peel & Polish ($24)
When you are looking for a quick fix facial, this dual-action enzyme peel takes your skin from drab to fab in a few minutes without a trip to the spa!
Just leave it on your face for 5 minutes to let the natural fruit enzymes do their magic while lactic acid gently exfoliates, and papaya & sugar cane polishes your skin for a healthy, radiant glow.
If you find most hand creams too greasy or so emollient that it makes touching things after applying them tricky, this is the one to try! Its lightweight lotion formula absorbs super quickly, leaving a satiny feeling behind but no greasiness.
With a unique blend of AminoSilk Complex and skin-replenishing moisturizers, Dove DermaSeries Hand Cream instantly hydrates dry, cracked hands and helps heal severe dryness with daily use.
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