As we enter fall, our wardrobe isn’t the only thing that needs refreshing. Just as the cooler days require more layers to keep us warm and cozy, our skin requires protection from the change in climate. Since we’re also trying to undo the damage wreaked by sunny days and infinite travel, now’s the time to restock your beauty stash with the kind of pampering products that nourish your complexion. Read on to see our best recommendations for how to transition into fall with a gorgeous glow.
Summer is squarely behind us, and sadly so is the humidity that had plumped our skin. One way to replace the moisture you’re missing is to apply a super-hydrating mask once a week. Opt for a sheet mask packed with ingredients like hyaluronic acid (which holds multiple times it’s weight in water) or nourishing natural emolients like argan oil and chia seeds. Better yet, whip up a DIY version at home by mashing a whole avocado with two spoonfuls of full fat yogurt, and a spoonful each of olive oil and honey. Mix well using a mortar and pestle and apply. After about 10 minutes, wash off to reveal perfectly plumped skin.
Stimulate your skin with a gentle massage which boosts circulation and helps reduce puffiness. Try a jade roller or gua sha tool (a traditional Chinese skincare treatment) to increase blood flow and oxygen to the skin. With regular practice a facial massage can help tone muscles and reduce swelling, resulting in a naturally sculpted visage.
Try as we might, summer necessarily brings with it signs of sun damage, like dark spots and uneven skin tone. A non-invasive way to erase these telltale signs is to introduce a gentle brightening serum into your daily routine. Less harsh than a peel, Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum lightens dark spots and boosts skin’s natural radiance with viniferine (derived from grapevine sap). Pat the serum into your skin after cleansing and before applying daily moisturizer and makeup.
Good skincare includes taking care of your lips. We all know that cooler, drying temperatures bring chapped lips. Keep them looking (and feeling!) smooth and plump by using a dedicated lip treatment. Start by sloughing off dead, flaky skin with Herbivore Botanicals’ Coco Rose Lip Polish then seal them with the brand’s hydrating coconut-oil infused Lip Conditioner.