As the leaves begin to turn from green to red, it’s time to consider how the seasonal transition will affect your beauty routine. After all, autumn isn’t just about blanket scarves and knee-high boots; it’s also about easing your skin into a new season and upgrading your cosmetic colour palette.
Continue reading for six ways your beauty routine should change from summer to fall.
1. Try a chemical peel.
Chemical peels are a great way to combat sun-damaged skin. After a summer spent tanning by the pool, you’re likely in need of a little regeneration. In essence, a chemical peel works like this: a chemical solution is applied to the face and works to peel off the top layer of skin, allowing new skin to grow. Many dermatology centres offer this treatment. However, there are also at-home chemical masks that can garner a similar effect. One of our favourites is the Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask, which provides an instant boost of radiance to any dull-looking complexion.
2. Swap your foaming cleanser for a creamy one.
Foaming or gel cleansers might work well for the summer, but as the temperatures drop and the air becomes dry, you’ll need an extra boost of moisture. Consider swapping your foaming cleanser for a cream-based one for added hydration. The Organic Pharmacy’s Rose & Camomile Cleansing Milk leaves skin soft and supple thanks to a formula infused with aloe, coconut oil, and rose, the latter of which provides a lovely floral scent.
3. Change your foundation shade.
Unfortunately, that summer glow won’t last forever. And as it fades, you won’t want to be stuck using a foundation that’s too dark for your paling skin tone. Get ahead of the curve and purchase a new foundation that’s at least one shade lighter (or two or three, depending on how tanned you are during the summer). Rihanna’s all-new Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation is perfect for this — mainly because it comes in forty different shades and thus is guaranteed to offer one that matches your new fall skin tone!
4. Apply cuticle oil daily.
Cuticle oil helps to moisturize and strengthen nails, so if you’re not already using this hydrating elixir, consider adding it to your daily beauty routine — especially now that fall has arrived. Cuticle oil is extremely important during the fall and winter, as the cold months tend to wreak havoc on fingertips, causing dry nail beds and weak, brittle nails. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a fantastic multi-purpose oil treatment that promises to restore skin’s healthy appearance. After massaging 2-3 drops into your hands and cuticles, consider applying some to other areas prone to dryness, such as the elbows and feet.
5. Opt for a warmer, richer colour palette when it comes to makeup.
Say goodbye to peach, coral, and turquoise, and hello to burgundy, mustard, and plum. Fall is a time for warm, deep colours, but this doesn’t just extend as far as your wardrobe. Work these festive shades into your beauty routine with the addition of wine red lipstick and smoky grey nail polish. We adore Tom Ford’s bold matte lip colour line and are particularly drawn to the designer’s Dark and Stormy hue, while we never tire of Chanel’s Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Garconne.
6. Add a hair mask to your weekly beauty routine
Hair masks are all about moisture, and after months of exposing your strands to harsh UV rays, your mane is likely in desperate need of a little rejuvenation. Introduce a hair mask to your weekly beauty routine, but make sure to read the ingredients! Masks with argan oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, and panthenol will yield the best results. The Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Brilliance Mask by Phyto is enriched with jojoba oil that melts into your hair for added moisture and shine, resulting in softer, detangled hair.