Fall and Winter Skincare Swaps to Refresh Your Routine

September 30, 2022
Margaret Fisher
By: Margaret Fisher | skincare.com by L'Oréal
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The changing of the seasons is always a good excuse to reassess your skin type, needs and routine. The drop in temperature and humidity from summer to fall usually means it’s time to swap out your favorite warm-weather skincare products for those better suited to colder climates. This often means reaching for gentle products designed to deliver long-lasting hydration and soothe dry skin. Need a fall skincare overhaul? Check out the products Skincare.coms editors swear by, ahead.  

Swap in a Heavy-Duty Cream

Lightweight, water-based lotions and gels may have kept your skin hydrated during the summer months, but once fall hits, you’ll want to max out on moisturize. With chillier weather often comes dry skin, and your product picks need to reflect that. Push your lighter serums and moisturizers aside until the seasons switch again and reach for a heavy-duty face lotion like the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream or IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Anti-Aging Hydrating Moisturizer.

Swap in a Gentle Cleanser

Opting for a cream cleanser that pulls double duty by nourishing and cleansing your complexion at the same time is important when chilly temperatures arrive. We like the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser because it gently yet effectively removes dirt, excess oil, makeup and impurities from the skin without stripping it of essential moisture. In fact, the fragrance-free formula helps restore moisture to the skin with the help of hyaluronic acid and ceramides. 

Swap in a Brightening Serum

Hopefully you managed to avoid any sunburns this summer, but even still, fall is the perfect time to repair any damage from UV exposure and other environmental aggressors. The L’Oréal Paris 12% Pure Vitamin C + E + Salicylic Acid Serum is a great choice for evening and brightening skin tone, smoothing the skin, and reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines. 

If you’re looking for a brightening serum without salicylic acid, consider the Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Serum, which is formulated with 15% vitamin C to even skin tone and increase radiance. 

Swap in a Powerhouse Night Cream

Take advantage of the time your skin repairs itself by applying an ultra moisturizing night cream like the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Cloud Cream. Formulated with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, this overnight, lavender-scented face cream replenishes the skin’s lipid barrier, therefore helping skin appear plump, restored and renewed. One of our favorite things about this moisturizer is its airy, cloud-like texture. 

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