Summer is on its way out and we’re entering the season of leather skirts, moto jackets and oxblood nails. But what does this mean for our beauty routines? Around this time every year I head to my dermatologist in a panic to ask this exact question. We may be glad to escape the humidity of summer, but as soon as fall rolls around it becomes quickly apparent that the cooler months can wreak havoc on our skin if we aren’t prepared.

So while we may love our weather dry and crisp, the last thing we want is for our faces to feel that way, too. Here are a few sure-fire items to add to your beauty routines this fall so you can maintain your healthy glow.


H2O: Drinking water is essential year-round, but especially important as we head into fall. Because our bodies don’t secrete as much perspiration during the cooler months, hydrating through additional means becomes a prerequisite for this season transition. Start your day with a mug of warm lemon water for immediate hydration every morning.

Humidifier: The drop in humidity almost always translates to dry skin (and straw-like hair, static-y clothing, chapped lips, etc. etc. I digress…). The best way to combat the cold is to add a humidifier to the room you spend the most time in every day. This saved my skin last year, and I’m amping it up this season! Because I wasn’t thrilled with last year’s , I’ve switched to this Vick’s Vapor Warm Mist Humidifier. The warm mist is much easier to breathe in a cool room. 

Dry Brushing: If you’re not in the market for a humidifier but you still suffer from dry skin, this season change will require some diligence when it comes to sloughing away dead skin cells. Check out my recent post on dry brushing. By adding this technique to your routine a couple of times each week, you’ll see noticeable results in the texture and brightness of your skin. But be sure to moisturize afterwards! Consider using something natural and extra-nourishing, like coconut oil.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin, especially after it receives a beating from outside factors like the weather. Apply vitamin E oil to dry areas, especially your hands, nails, and cuticles. These areas are especially vulnerable this time of the year since we so often expose them to the cold air and the incessant hand washing (flu season, yuck). If your hands are in serious need of TLC, consider wearing these Bliss Spa Moisturizing Hand Gloves to bed and wake up with hands your hands feeling like velvet.

Hyaluronic Acid: During the summer we’re trying to keep acne at bay. Now, we need to moisturize more than ever. Avoid chapped skin on your face (which increases the risk of wrinkles!) by adding a night cream if you don’t use one already. Another great option is a serum with hyaluronic acid, which helps to retain moisture. I love SkinCeutical’s Hydrating B5 Gel.

Final Note: Hate that you’ll soon be waking up to darkness everyday as we head into winter? A  will start your day off nice and bright.


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