Use This, Not That! 3 Simple Skin Care Swaps For Fall

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Fall always brings me back to my childhood. As the days grow shorter and the trees turn fiery shades of red, yellow, and orange, I can’t help but recall fond memories of jumping into crackling piles of leaves, carving pumpkins, or the cinnamony smell of apple cider simmering on the stove. Unfortunately, the dry, cool air that comes with the season can leave skin looking dull, irritated, and anything but youthful. Fall is just around the corner, so now’s the time to change up your beauty routine. Here are three easy product swaps to help your skin get through the fall.

1: Switch To A Gentler Exfoliator

Because cooler temperatures constrict blood vessels, exfoliation is especially important during the cooler months. Exfoliants that have a rough texture, with ingredients like salt, sugar, and salicylic acid, are great to use in the summer when the skin is hydrated and more resilient. But in the fall, they can irritate skin that’s dry. For the season, switch to a product that’s gets its sloughing power from round jojoba beads or microbeads, or oatmeal—it's also good to look for a formula that contains soothing ingredients like aloe, natural oils. You can even make your own scrub by combining 1 tablespoon oatmeal with 1 teaspoon honey and 2 tablespoons milk or yogurt. Gently massage the mixture into your skin and rinse. You'll be left soothed, smooth skin. 

Try: The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Exfoliator is fragrance and dye-free, and extra gentle thanks to its aloe and jojoba beads. Korres Pomegranate Deep Cleansing Scrub, which swaps the beads for a natural exfoliant, finely ground Greek olive stones, and contains soothing olive and calendula extracts.

2: Swap Your Toner for a Water-Based One

Those who have oily skin might prefer alcohol-based toners during summer, to help minimize grease and oil from suntan lotion and sweat. But in colder weather, alcohol can strip even the oiliest complexions. A water-based toner will balance the skin's pH and remove makeup just as well without drying the skin. Scan the label for calming ingredients such as chamomile and rose water for extra soothing benefits.

Try: Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner and Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner—both among the most mild astringents we've tried. 

3: Use Natural Oils As A Moisturizer

Warmer air usually holds a lot of water vapor, which can help keep your skin hydrated in the summer. Not so when the leaves turn, as cool, dry winds start to seriously deplete the body's natural moisture reserves. Naturally derived oils (like argan, jojoba, or coconut) absorb quickly absorb and instantly hydrate. Before you apply your usual moisturizer, rub a few drops of your favorite non-greasy oil between your hands and massage it into your skin. For the best results, make sure to buy 100% pure oils in an opaque glass bottle, which will help last the product last longer. Bonus use: rub the oil into nail beds to keep cuticles looking smooth and healthy. 

Try: We love both rms beauty Beauty Oil and Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil. Both are completely free of synthetic fillers and chemicals and extracted from the purest organic sources.

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