As this year’s Labor Day has passed, summer is unofficially drawing to an end while fall is knocking on the door. (We hear you — pumpkin spice latte!) As the seasons change, so should your skincare routine. Just like your wardrobe, in the summer, your skin care routine focuses more on lightweight, refreshing products. Once the leaves start to fall, your skin is getting the ‘seasonal depression’ — dry, sensitive, and gloomy, muttering layered hydration and calling for richer, more pampering products. 

Read on for five tips to switch up your beauty regimen for fall.

Cleanser | Exfoliation | Moisturizer | Mask | Lip Balm | Hand & Body

Change up your cleanser

Double cleansing undoubtedly is the bread and butter of the renowned 10- or 5-Step Korean Skin Care Routine. The first step helps remove oil-based impurities such as makeup and product build-up while the second step cleanses water-soluble debris such as dirt and sweat. This fall, try a more nourishing cleansing combo for size, which will remove excess oil and everyday impurities without leaving your skin dry and tight. 

RELATED: 5-Step Korean Skin Care Routine 

Below are some of our cleansing favorites for extra skin-pampering moisture when your skin is adjusting as the temperature drops.

First step:

Second step: 

Go for gentler exfoliation

We all know that exfoliation is vital to any skin care regimen for all seasons, removing dead skin cell build-up and prepping for the subsequent goodies you’re going to apply. But in fall, it is easy to over-exfoliate and make your skin more susceptible to irritation. In terms of skin care benefits and effectiveness, we recommend a more gentle option: chemical exfoliants in a pad. 

Common chemical exfoliants: AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids, e.g. glycolic and lactic acids) and BHA (beta hydroxy/salicylic acid) are a powerful combination that gently breaks down dead skin cells, leaving skin smooth and polished. 

Side Note: Using too much of chemical exfoliators can cause adverse effect. It’s advised to exfoliate just one to three times per week. 

If you prefer the satisfaction of physical scrubbing, we recommend:
Utena - Everish Scrub Wash White Clay — a mild scrub face wash made with white clay that melts softly to remove dirt and excess sebum.

Switch to a thicker moisturizer

The chilly breeze of fall slices at dawn and dusk, bringing goosebumps to your body while blowing dry your skin. It’s time to say goodbye to the lightweight, oil-free moisturizer you’ve been using all summer and go for more intensive hydration. We recommend the moisturizers made with ceramides, which are fatty acids that need to be replenished during the colder months; or the ones that are formulated with moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid. 

Layer our picks below with face oils or serums to amp up your hydration game. 

Cycle in hydrating masks 

Another way to help layer hydration on your skin this fall would be: a nourishing mask (an overnight mask is even better). It will recover your skin from a day out in the brisk breeze. We suggest facial masks that are formulated with hyaluronic acid or ceramide, which will lock in moisture for an instantly hydrated, dewy effect. 

Or opt for an overnight treatment — we are talking about: sleeping masks — to blanket your skin in moisture while you sleep, plus a lip mask to wake up to a perfect pout. 

Coat up the lips

In the throes of fall chills, your lips are more prone to be dry, cracked, and chapped. Why are the lips more vulnerable than the rest of your face? The skin on the lips is very thin; moisture can easily evaporate and leave behind a flaky surface. Plus, cool temperatures, gusty wind, and a lot more can all contribute to damage and dehydration of the lips.

Don’t worry! Here lip balms come to save the day. The humectants, emollients, and waxy ingredients in lip balms work together to help add a surge of moisture, pull moisture to the surface, and create a barrier to lock in hydration. 

If you are also looking for a healthy tint of color, we recommend: innisfree - My Lip Balm and 3CE - Heart Pot Lip Balm.

Give your hands and body some TLC

Not just your face, the brisk breeze can also take a serious toll on your hands and body. Dry, flaky skin on your hands and body not only looks unappealing but can also be itchy and painful. How to stop the scratch? Smooth a hand cream and rub on some body moisturizers to keep your skin hydrated throughout the gusty weather. 

Hand cream: 

Looking for that intensive care? We suggest: innisfree - Special Care Mask – Hand

Body moisturizer:

Now, you’re just one step away from getting ready for fall! Go ahead, pick yours, and put them into your cart!