How to Change Your Skin Routine from Summer to Fall

With the official arrival of fall comes leaves turning color and nights by the fire, but it also brings cooler weather, harsh winds, and a change in how your skin reacts. Just like you change your outfits, makeup, and accessories for fall, it is important to implement a few changes to your skin care routine. As you are switching over from that summer to fall wardrobe, think about the changes you can make in your daily skin care routine to accommodate the shift in weather.

A change in season means a change in how your skin behaves, what it does, how it looks, and how products interact with your complexion. Caring for your skin in the cooler months will mean a change in priorities and switching your summer products for autumn-oriented items. Here are the main things to consider when revamping your daily routine for fall.


In the summer months, your skin tends to produce more oil due to the warmer weather and more time spent out in the heat. This means you probably use a lighter moisturizer to combat any oiliness. However, with the transition to fall you will need to switch to a heavy duty moisturizer. The colder temperatures and brisk winds cause your skin to become dryer and more sensitive. The heavier moisturizer will help treat and prevent any rough, scaling skin that occurs from the changing weather patterns. You’ll also need to train yourself to use the moisturizer more often. In the summer you might get out of the habit of using your moisturizer frequently if you have naturally oily or more hydrated skin. Cold air means less hydration, and you’ll need to compensate for the loss of mositure with your topical products. Invest in a thicker moisturizer that will help keep your skin smooth and hydrated throughout the season.

Apply sunblock

Most likely in the warm summer months you are always aware of the need for sunblock; the ever present sun and being outside equals putting on the sunblock. Just because the weather turns cooler and you might not be outside as often, you should definitely still wear sunblock. UVA rays are just as strong in the autumn as they are in July and August. These are the rays that cause skin cancer and premature wrinkles. Incorporate a daily sunscreen into your morning routine and you’ll never have to worry about being caught outside unprotected.


Exfoliating should become a key component in your beauty regime; it is necessary for repairing and brightening skin. Exfoliating will get rid of any summer damage that has been caused from being outside, at the beach, and from wearing sandals and less clothing. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that trap oil. By removing dry, tired skin, you will encourage new skin cells to form, keeping your skin looking healthier and more radiant.

Switch up your cleansing routine

Another part of your skin care routine you’ll need to adapt is your cleansing routine. In the summer you are probably more concerned with removing the constant oil and shine that is present because of the heat. But in the winter you’ll want to switch to a cleanser that doesn’t remove too much oil. If your cleanser removes all your oil and leaves your face feeling tight and dry that means it is removing too much oil, and you’ll want to think about trying an alternative. Using a non-drying, sulfate-free cleanser will keep your face clean while also helping to maintain its moisture.

The fall months mean focusing on keeping your skin hydrated and protected from the harsher weather and colder temperatures. These skin care tips can help but remember always to listen to your skin and pay attention to how it is changing with the season. If you take the time to switch up your skin care routine, you’ll maintain healthy, glowing skin until Spring.