Essential updates for your fall skincare routine

Updates to make to your fall skincare routine: Poutine and Prada

Fall. It’s my favourite season. I love the crisp air, the brightly coloured leaves, and the sweaters and boots. What I don’t love is the transition to dry, itchy skin and chapped lips. In today’s post I’m going to take your through my suggestions to update your fall skincare routine and combat that dry air!

Fall skincare routine: cleanser

In summer I am all about combating oil but come fall I need as much hydration as I can get. The first thing I do is switch out my cleanser, which I use in the shower in the morning and after work when taking off my makeup. For summer I gravitate to something light that contains oil fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, but when things start to cool down something richer and gentle is just the ticket. I’d suggest the Peaches and Clean cleanser from Soap and Glory. I’m using it at the moment and I really like it. It’s gentle and hydrating but still removes makeup effectively, even mascara.


Serum is the real workhorse of the skincare world. Serums penetrate below the skin’s surface, whereas moisturizers sit on top. They are an essential part of any fall skincare routine

From Into the Gloss:

Serum is a skincare product you can apply to your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing with the intent of delivering powerful ingredients directly into the skin. Serum is particularly suited to this task because it is made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients.

My favourite serum is The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid, which I’ve gone on about ad nauseam. It’s cheap and very effective, I don’t think you can ask for much more than that! I love this using this serum in the morning.

For evening skincare, I’d recommend using a serum that does some exfoliation. A lactic acid or retinol should do the trick. I’m currently loving The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid Serum, but their retinol is equally good.

Fall skincare routine: Exfoliation

Fall skincare routine: exfoliation

Exfoliation is a key part of a good skincare routine. It encourages cell turnover and clears off dead cells that contribute to dull skin. I use both physical and chemical exfoliation. Volition Beauty’s Tumeric Brightening Polish is my all time favourite physical exfoliant. I’ve written a complete review here if you care to read it. I use this twice a week while in the bath and it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth.

For a chemical exfoliant I’m currently using Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion. As part of my nighttime routine, after cleansing I douse a cotton pad with the liquid and sweep it over my face. I haven’t tried it myself, but I’ve heard that the Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic is amazing. I’m going to try it out once I’ve finished my Clinique toner.

Eye Cream

I don’t use eye cream in general. I’ve read a few articles written by experts which convinced me that eye cream is really no different than facial moisturizer. However, sometimes if my under-eyes are feeling particularly dry I’ll reach for the Age Defying Classic Eye Gel from Olay. I’ve been using it for years and it feels like a lovely drink of water. It’s a cult favourite and it’s good!


Fall skincare routine: The Ordinary moisturizer

The last step of a skincare routine is a good moisterizer. For summer I love using a light, water based moisturizer that feels refreshing on the skin. When things start to get cold it’s time for something that packs a bit more of a punch. For daytime The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA is a solid choice that is super affordable. This no-nonsense cream contains hyaluronic acid and works well under makeup.

Elizabeth Arden Nightcream

For nighttime, my holy grail winter moisturizer of choice is Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream Skin Protectant Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer. You can also use this cream as a heavy hitting overnight lip mask. I’ve devoted an entire post to this product here.


There’s nothing like a good face mask. I feel like they fill in the blanks in skincare. They target a particular problem and give you results that the rest of your routine may not achieve. For fall and winter I have a couple favourites. I love overnight masks because you can just throw them on and forget about them. My recommendation for overnight masks for hydration are Origins Drink Up Intensive, which I’ve been using for years and love, and Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, which is a new favourite. I’ve written a complete review of this one here.

So, there you have it! I hope this post is helpful in creating your fall skincare routine.

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14 thoughts on “Essential updates for your fall skincare routine

  1. Thanks for sharring, my skin is usually very dry be it summer or winter, I`ve heard that I need to moisturize more but maybe I`m doing it wrong, I dont see much difference even after moisturizing.
    Will try the Ordinary for my face.

    1. Have you tried a hydrating serum? Serums are the real work horses of a skincare routine. I’d suggest The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Serum. It’s amazing!

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