No matter how much we long for the weather to be on our side, it's quite unpredictable, to say the least. When the seasons change, well, so do we. And it's no secret that Autumn is officially here. Whilst this is the ideal time to overhaul our wardrobes, it's also the perfect time to revamp our skincare routines to work with the new weather conditions. Humidity takes a back seat, and cooler weather comes through. This means it's time to make way for rich creams, balms and hardworking formulas that will keep your skin nourished and flourishing all season long.
No matter your skin type, hydration reigns supreme. Boosting moisture in your routine is so important, and that doesn't mean you have to go heavier. Just think smart when applying your products, and prioritise the ones full of hydrating ingredients. It may be sweater weather, which we're excited about, but your skin can also maintain a healthy glow in the midst of it all.
Byrdie editors with varying skin types share exactly how we switch up our routines when fall arrives and the products that carry us into this new season.
Amy Lawrenson, Editorial Director
Her skin type: oil, combination.
"My complexion is prone to shine and doesn't ever feel dry. At this time of the year when it's colder outside and the central heating starts to turn on I tend to get dehydrated skin, alongside the oil, which means I can be prone to breakouts and more sensitive skin."
It's super easy to mix this hydrating Vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid-rich serum with any day cream or serum. It instantly soothes, refreshes and leaves my skin looking dewy.
This is by far my favourite face mist for refreshing the skin. It contains a magnet on the inner tube to give the mist a magnetic charge which delivers the hydration and nutrients deeper into the skin.
I love every product in this drugstore range but this spray allows me to moisturise my whole body in seconds. It sinks in fast meaning no hanging around in a towel in the bathroom on a cold morning.
Alyss Bowen, Associate Social Media Editor
Her skin type: Combination, but sensitive
"My skin gets seriously dehydrated in the winter but I also suffer from hormonal acne (yay me!) so I'd say my skin type is combination, but also sensitive. Is that even a skin type…!? Let's say it's delicate.
Thanks to my 'delicate' skin, I can't go too heavy on hydrating oils or creams. This hyaluronic serum is like a tall glass of water for my skin, that won't break me out. Win win.
Now that it's turning cold I want to make sure I stay as bright and glowy for as long as possible, which is why I always reach for these pads come Autumn. These Alpha Beta Glow pads help to prevent wrinkles, exfoliate skin and build you a subtle but believable winter tan.
Ok, granted I use this all year round but when the leaves start falling, I start misting more. This lightly milled facial mist helps to give my skin an extra boost if it's feeling tight and dry—which it often is from October till May.
Chloe Burcham, Beauty Contributor
Her skin type: normal, slightly dehydrated
"My skin is usually quite un-problematic, but autumn brings out all the issues I try and avoid for the rest of the year. Unless I take proper care of it (i.e. by using the products below) it becomes dry, red and irritated by the change in seasons. It craves hydration and extra TLC."
My skin can feel quite parched in autumn, so I like to be really gentle when cleansing so that my skin doesn’t feel stripped of hydration. I wash my face as soon as I get straight through the door and this silky oil is perfect for melting off all signs of makeup (even stubborn mascara).
To give my skin an ultra dose of overnight hydration I love this super creamy oil balm. It’s enriched with macadamia oil which feels super nourishing and means you wake up with a baby-soft glowing complexion come morning.
My lips hate me in autumn. They get so dry and cracked that means wearing lipstick is an absolute no-go. This targeted treatment is the only thing that works. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid and marine algae to plump and hydrate. I also put it on my cuticles before bed, too.
Faith Xue, Editorial Director
Her skin type: oily, combination
"I tend to trade my light gel moisturisers for richer formulas and bring my cleansing balms back to the frontlines. I have oily/combination skin, and autumn is when I start noticing my skin needing more moisture. But considering autumn in New York can still involve sweltering temps, I try to opt for products that feel light. I also try to amp up the brightening products in my routine to undo any dark spots I've procured while basking in the sun this summer."
"I've been sprinkling this powder into my moisturiser every morning to combat post-summer dark spots and unevenness, and have already noticed my skin looking brighter. Fun fact: Vitamin C is actually more potent in powder form because it doesn't oxidize, so you're getting the full brightening benefits when you use it in your skincare routine this way. Plus, I like that the powder mixed with moisturiser gives a mattifying effect, perfect for my oily T-zone."
"Glow Recipe recently reformulated this cleanser with more coconut oil to break down makeup, as well as gently exfoliating AHAs and blueberry extract. I loved the original and love this new improved version. Autumn is usually such a hectic time, and I don't always have time (or energy) to double-cleanse at the end of the day. This cleanser gets rid of my makeup and leaves my skin looking and feeling soft and clean. Plus, the blueberry scent is such a nice way to wake up my tired/haggard self in the morning."
Erin Jahns, Assistant Editor
Her skin type: sensitive, combination
"Since I grew up in the arctic winter depths of Minnesota and have only been in L.A. for one year, I'm honestly still trying to figure out my skincare MO when it comes to finicky seasonal changes. Growing up, the name of the game was hydration, hydration and more hydration, but now I'm more concerned with keeping oil and acne at bay while simultaneously keeping fragile and perpetually dry areas hydrated and plump (i.e. my lips and under-eyes which immediately drink up anything I serve them)."
"I struggle with dark under-eye circles all year round and don't anticipate anything changing this autumn. This formula from Sunday Riley is my be-all and end-all eye cream, and nothing else brightens my peepers quite like it. I'm obsessed, and anyone close to me can expect a bottle of their own this upcoming gifting season."
Amanda Montell, Features Editor
Her skin type: combination
"Even though L.A. ostensibly 'doesn't have seasons,' the autumn is thankfully way less dry than summer, so I can ditch a lot of the oils and slimy moisture masks I add into my routine around Memorial Day. Actually, because L.A. offers pretty much zilch in terms of cozy autumn vibes, I like to take my beauty routine as an opportunity to get into the festive spirit. Think warming masks (Farmacy's Honey Potion and May Lindstrom's The Problem Solver are my favourites) and apple and pumpkin everything (like Juice Beauty's Green Apple Peel)."
Imagine how warm and snuggly this jelly-textured mask will feel on your face as it warms up and spoils your skin with its pure honey and amino acids. As soon as it touches the skin, it transforms into a creamy lather.
This mask is a Byrdie-editor favourite, and it's essentially a tall glass of water for your skin infused with healthy stuff. How alluring does a good dose of plant oils, honey and enzymes sound in the midst of fall?
Exfoliate your skin with this apple peel mask that's packed with hardworking acids to brighten and even out your skin tone.
Maya Allen, Assistant Editor
My skin type: Dry, sensitive
As soon as the air starts to get a little drier, my skin begrudgingly follows suit. I like to think that I'm a leader in my own right, but my skin is for damn sure a follower and very influenced by the seasons. When fall rolls around, my rich creams and generously formulated products—with hydrating ingredients that'll enrich my skin with the supple glow I love so much—come out to play. I lay them out front and center and layer my skin one by one, slowly but surely. I've had dry and dehydrated skin my entire life. And I just grew out of eczema a few years ago, thank God. With that being said, I always have to amp up my rather lightweight summer skincare routine when I see those auburn leaves starting to hit the ground.
I've been head over heels for this vitamin-packed serum for the past six months. And I'm still in my honeymoon phase, so I don't plan on putting it down anytime soon. It's full of my favourite type of acid (hyaluronic), which has been a miracle worker for my skin's high-maintenance need for hydration. I pat and massage this onto my face, which instantly feels supple thanks to the soothing ingredients.
This is the luxuriously formulated cream of my dreams that literally makes my skin feel like pure royalty. This plus my SkinCeuticals gel (pictured above) is like my secret weapon for radiant skin all year long. I have dark spots, which unfortunately get even more prominent in the sun. Dr. Barbara Sturm originally created this cream with world-renown actress Angela Bassett in mind. It's now become a staple product for women of colour committed to an even complexion free of hyperpigmentation.
Whenever the air feels a little chillier, it gives me every excuse to stay in for a long-awaited spa night. I've confessed my obsession with this white charcoal detox mask before, and it's remaining a hero product of mine for autumn. It's not your typical clay mask, though. Instead of getting all hard and tight on your skin, its gel texture seeps into your pores comfortably and actually feels quite lax. This mask also feels extra special because it has a warming sensation as soon as it hits your skin.
I like to treat the skin on my body just as good as I do the skin my face. I don't take slathering my skin in hydrating lotion every single day lightly, and this especially rings true in the autumn. The cold air tends to dry my skin out even more. So to avoid ashiness and cracked skin, I depend on a rich, cream-based lotion. My skin quickly absorbs this, and it dramatically improves the elasticity of my skin. I look forward to the moment I step out of the shower and douse my skin in this botanical blend of ingredients that smell like a fresh garden.
While we're talking all things autumn, here's a seven-step routine to follow this season for A-grade skin.