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10 Tips for Your Fall Skin Care Routine

Experiencing dry skin when the seasons change doesn’t have to be a given.
September 14, 2022

Whether you’ve been mourning the end of your beloved summer or find yourself romanticizing the drop in temperatures, the season of change that is fall is quickly approaching. To adjust to those changes, it’s always a good idea to make a few adjustments to your skin care routine. From hydrating serums to layers of moisturizer, fall skin care tends to run a little heavier than our light, summer routines to combat the change in temperatures and drier skin. 

So, to make your transition into the season of spiced lattes and chunky sweaters a bit easier we’re sharing our favorite fall skin care tips. Take notes as we share our fall skin care hacks to try this season.

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1. Increase Your Moisturizing 

Once fall hits, you may find that it’s becoming increasingly important to apply moisturizer to your skin, which says a lot considering moisturizer is a must year-round — for all skin types. As the air gets cooler and drier, many will notice that drier skin tends to follow. To remedy this, reach for a water-based moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Micro Hyaluronic Acid + Ceramides Line-Plumping Water Cream

This lightweight, water cream deeply hydrates and helps to replump fine lines for skin that’s visibly moisturized. It contains the holy grail hydrator, hyaluronic acid, along with ceramides to lock in moisture while strengthening the skin barrier. Plus, this water-cream has a lightweight slip and absorbs quickly into the skin without feeling greasy or heavy — serving as a great moisturizer for all skin types during fall season.  

Editor’s tip: Apply your moisturizer on damp skin. Whether that’s post cleansing or post serums, layering moisturizer on wet skin will help to draw in hydration, allowing your moisturizer to work its best.

2. Use a Hyaluronic Acid Serum 

Moisturizer isn’t the only way to amp up hydration. As we mentioned, hyaluronic acid is a stellar hydrator that helps the skin to retain moisture and that’s why it’s found in so many different moisturizers, serums and masks. To add hyaluronic acid into your routine, reach for the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 1.5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which quickly absorbs into the skin for lasting hydration and a youthful bounce. 

Apply your hyaluronic acid serum on damp skin so it has moisture to draw in. Hyaluronic acid is a supportive ingredient that’s beneficial for all skin types, so use it in your morning and night routine and don’t worry about doubling up on the ingredient.

3. Introduce an Eye Serum into Your Routine

The fall season is a great time to start using an eye treatment if you don’t already. Whether you have dry under-eyes or dark circles that need addressing, the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid + 1% Caffeine Eye Serum is a great addition to your skin care routine. 

With hyaluronic acid and caffeine, this lightweight serum will help to enhance moisture retention and visibly brighten the undereye area. The bonus: this eye serum has a triple ball roller applicator that provides a gentle, depuffing massage for your eye bags. 

To complement your eye serum, use an under-eye concealer that’s packed with skin care benefits, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer, 0.5% Hyaluronic Acid. This makeup and skincare hybrid contains hyaluronic acid to reduce puffiness and increase hydration for your delicate under-eyes while covering dark circles instantly.

4. Double-Cleanse With Micellar Water

Upgrade your skin care routine with an easy cleanser like micellar water. Powered by tiny micelles that remove everything from waterproof makeup to dirt and oils, micellar water is great for removing makeup, it’s non-drying and it serves as the perfect first cleanse. 

Saturate a cotton pad with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types, and sweep it across your skin to cleanse — no rinsing or rubbing required. It’s great for purifying the skin without making the skin feel tight or dry.

Once you’ve cleansed with micellar water, finish with a gel cleanser like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift 3.5% Glycolic Acid Cleanser. This daily exfoliating cleanser reveals brighter, smoother skin with each cleanse thanks to exfoliating glycolic acid and pore-reducing salicylic acid. 

5. Use a Cream Cleanser

If your skin starts to feel dry once the temperatures shift, every step in your routine should be focused on adding hydration, especially if you have dry skin to begin with. Harsher cleansers can make your skin feel dry and even tight, so try switching to a gentle creamy cleanser like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Skin Care Nourishing Cream Cleanser

This cleanser is a gentle option for all skin types, especially those with mature skin. It’s  formulated with replenishing oils to keep the skin hydrated while removing all traces of makeup and impurities. Use it in the morning or at night after cleansing with micellar water to clean the skin without sacrificing on hydration.

6. Choose a Chemical Exfoliator

Exfoliating dull skin and dead skin cell buildup can be a useful part of your autumn skin care regimen. When it comes to exfoliating your skin, one of our favorite types of exfoliation is the chemical kind. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), chemical exfoliation involves the use of salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acids (like glycolic acid), or enzymes to chemically break down skin surface buildup. 

For daily and gentle exfoliation, consider using the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 5% Glycolic Acid Peeling Toner, which helps to resurface dull, uneven skin tone and fade dark spots to reveal a fresh-looking complexion. If you prefer a serum for exfoliating, try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum, which smooths wrinkles and fine lines, evens skin tone and fades dark spots. 

7. Use a Vitamin C Serum

If you’re trying to hold on to your summer glow, definitely consider a brightening vitamin C serum for your morning routine. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift 12% Pure Vitamin C + E + Salicylic Acid Serum tackles the three most common signs of early aging — uneven skin tone and texture, fine lines and enlarged pores. Use it in the morning, after cleansing and before SPF to maintain a radiant and glowing complexion.

8. Keep Broad-Spectrum SPF on Hand

It may be fall but that doesn’t mean your skin concerns have completely changed since summer. June through August boast the hottest days of the year, but sun protection is critical year-round. During fall, you’ll want to continue applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or greater like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30. This moisturizer with SPF contains Pro-retinol, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid that work simultaneously to firm skin, reduce lines and brighten with each use. 

9. Embrace Self-Tanner

No need to bid farewell to sun-kissed summer skin when you have self-tanner at your disposal. To keep your complexion tan, we recommend the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Facial Water Mist, Vitamin E. This tanning mist is specifically formulated for your face and contains vitamin E to hydrate the skin without feeling sticky. Along with that, the formula won’t clog pores and it keeps your skin naturally bronzed — free of any unwanted orange tones. 

Due to daily cleansing and makeup, self-tan on your face fades the fastest and this mist makes touch-ups a breeze. Just spray a cotton pad and swipe it all over your complexion. To tan your neck and décolleté, hold the bottle eight inches away and mist in a sweeping motion over the skin

Editor’s tip: To make sure your body matches your faux bronzed face, try a self-tanner for body like the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse.

10. Treat the Skin While You Sleep

By now, everyone should be in on the fact that beauty sleep is indeed real. You can take your nighttime skin care routine to the next level this autumn by incorporating an overnight face mask like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Anti-Aging Overnight Mask. This luxurious, leave-on mask forms a layer over the skin to firm, brighten and visibly reduce wrinkles. In the morning skin feels more hydrated and looks noticeably radiant. 

Next: The Best Face Wash for Every Skin Type

Edited by: Reece Andavolgyi, Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Digital Tech: Paul Yem, Photo Assistant: Matt Licari, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi, Wardrobe Assistant: Jazmine Alzado, Model: Shann Hitch

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