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While we’re having a hard time dressing for this awkward, post-summer, pre-fall transitional weather, you'd think our skin would take pity on us, right? Wrong. As the chills are creeping in, so are the dry flakes and irritation, no matter what our skin type may be. Here are five products to help you transition to an autumn skin care routine to combat the inevitable dry skin that will come when the leaves change colors.
1. Facial Oil
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Oily skin is the last thing we want to hear about, especially after the summer months. However, a facial oil can be one solution to breakouts (especially when acne-fighting products are too harsh on the skin) and provide the nourishment our skin needs as the air gets drier. From jojoba, to castor, to grapeseed, and tons of other oils out there, choosing your go-to oil can seem like a daunting task. Just do a little research (this guide is a great place to start), watch some YouTube videos, and test out several different oils out to see which ones work best for you. Currently, as someone with combination skin, I’m using Life-Flo Health Care’s Pure Rosehip Seed Oil and it’s been calming my acne down while keeping my dry patches in check.
2. In-shower Body Lotion
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Pro tip: The best time to apply moisturizer is after you shower, but before your skin is completely dry to really lock in moisture. This makes the in-shower body moisturizer a genius invention. Like conditioner, you apply it after your shower (while you’re still in the tub) and then rinse it off. And if you’re as lazy as I am, you’ll love how you are able to cut down your post-shower routine. My favorite in-shower body lotion right now is the Nivea Cocoa Butter In-Shower Body Lotion, which smells amazing and is super affordable!
3. Sleeping Pack
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K-Beauty always seems to be ahead of its time—have you heard of a sleeping pack yet? Sleeping packs are basically masks you apply overnight so you’ll wake up with great skin, even as the mornings get colder. And no, you don’t have to wash your pillowcase the day after sleep masking since the product seeps into your skin fairly quickly. I’ve been falling for the LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask because it's pretty lightweight and has been helping my skin look brighter.
4. Chemical Exfoliant
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A lot of people with dry skin are intimidated by exfoliators, since there’s a possibility that they can sting and irritate the skin, exacerbating problem areas. Fear not with chemical exfoliants to help you get rid of dead skin without the abrasiveness of a facial scrub. Chemical exfoliators work on a cellular level, using (gentle) acids to go beneath the skin’s surface to loosen up dead skin cells—it’s really not as scary as it sounds! First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Pads have been doing wonders for my face (especially the flaky areas). Plus, they come in pads which makes exfoliating a quick, travel-friendly process.
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This isn’t something you slather on your skin like the rest of the products mentioned, but it is a powerful tool to up your skincare game. The low humidity of the fall air and indoor heaters can seriously take a toll on your skin’s moisture levels. This is when a humidifier comes in to increase air moisture for your skin to enjoy. I bought this small, inexpensive one from Amazon for my dorm and it gets the job done for a great price. The LED light is also a bonus!
What are your autumn skincare essentials? Let us know in the comments!