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Update Your Skincare Routine for Fall & Winter Months

Updated: Jan 27

It is finally fall here in Texas and I am so stoked! Fall is my favorite season, and the change in leaves and temperatures signals that it’s time to switch up my skincare regimen. The skin behaves differently along with the seasons, so it’s important to tweak your routine as the temperature and humidity fluctuates to ensure that you keep your skin nourished, hydrated and healthy.

Here are some of my favorite fall tips along with products I keep stocked:

1) Sleep with a humidifier

There is less moisture in the air during fall & winter months. Add in cold temps plus heated indoor air, and your skin can feel dry & cracked. Sleeping with a humidifier in your bedroom adds moisture back into the air and is the first step you can take to protect that precious hydration in your skin. I personally prefer to use a humidifier that also diffuses essential oils, but you don’t need anything fancy. Your skin (and sinuses) will thank you in the morning!

2) Exfoliate less frequently

In the hot humid summer months, I exfoliate 2 or 3 times weekly to keep my face fresh and oil buildup at bay. But in the winter time, I scale back and exfoliate once or maybe twice a week: the cold temps and dry air from running the heater can make your skin feel extra parched, which makes your skin more sensitive to exfoliation and can strip your moisture barrier. I also make sure to use a product that hydrates as good as it exfoliates.

Environ Purifying Anti-Pollution Masque

Environ Tri BioBotanical Revival Masque

Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel

3) Turn down the shower temp

Speaking of temps, resist the urge to take a super hot shower or bath. I know a hot shower can feel oh-so-good on a frosty morning, but that hot water can absolutely strip your parched winter skin of its precious natural oils. Keep your shower temperature warm, and opt for a towel warmer to wrap up in after sudsing up.

4) Keep a facial mist handy

I’m a bit late to the facial mist game, but it has become one of my desert island products. I keep a mist within reach at all times during the winter months; especially when my husband turns the man cave into an oven! I spritz my face a few times throughout the day and evening to boost my hydration levels, and have seen such an improvement in my dry skin…flakiness and dry cracks don’t stand a chance!

Environ Anti-Pollution Spritz

Violette_FR Boum-Boum Milk

5) Change to a heavier moisturizer

Lightweight/gel moisturizers are ideal for hot summer months, but when the temperatures drop I like to switch to a heavier moisturizer to keep my skin as hydrated as possible. I look for something with a rich, thicker consistency that acts as a cushion to keep my skin protected.

Environ Vita-Complex Super Moisturiser

Furtuna Skin Nightly Renewal Cream

Violette_FR C’est La Cream

6) Seal it all in with a face oil

Along with facial mist/essence, adding a face oil to my regimen has been such a game changer. My skin is naturally on the dry side, and face oil has made the biggest difference of all. Using a face oil on top of serums & moisturizers helps all those water-binding products work their best, locking in all the goodness. My skin drinks it up, and I can 100% tell the difference when I don’t use it. I also do not step foot on a plane without one!

Environ Vita-Antioxidant Hydrating Oil Capsules

Furtuna Skin Biphase Moisturizing Oil

Saint Jane Superflower Detox Serum

7) You still need SPF

Fall can be deceiving because with the cooler temps and shorter days, it seems as if the sun’s rays aren’t as harmful; this is false! While the UVB (suntan/burning) rays aren’t as intense, the UVA (aging/skin cancer causing) rays from the sun are still just as powerful as in summertime. No matter the season, or if it’s sunny, cloudy, rainy or snowy, SPF is a must! Apply to your face, neck, chest area and ears on the daily.

Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-on Shield & Face Shield

Saint Jane Luxury Sun Ritual

8) Don’t neglect your lips

The skin on our lips has a thinner moisture barrier compared to skin everywhere else, plus there are no oil glands in our lips that secrete natural moisture. No wonder our lips get chapped/cracked, especially this time year. I keep my pout juicy by first sloughing off dead skin buildup with a damp cloth, or I make a sugar scrub (white or brown sugar mixed with almond or jojoba oil) to use after the shower. Then I lather on lip oil to seal in as much moisture as possible, and always have one within reach. Do not lick your lips!

Saint Jane Luxury Lip Oil

Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask


I am not an influencer. I am not sponsored, nor have I been gifted anything. I will never recommend a product unless I have used it, and I typically go through 2 or 3 bottles before saying something works. I’m not about to waste time or money on a product that doesn’t live up to its hype. I want results!

Remember that consistency is the name of the game! It will take at least a full skin cycle (28 to 40 days) to start seeing results, so don’t give up after ten days. Everyone’s skin is different; you could notice a difference after just two weeks….I love that! Drink plenty of water and prioritize your skincare regimen: your healthy & happy skin will thank you!


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