The Tips and Products You Need to Prep Your Skin for Fall

That cool, crisp breeze in the air might feel amazing on your morning walk wrapped up in your favorite sweater and clutching a steaming cup of java, but as far as your skin goes, you need to be prepared for cooler climes.

Taking care of your skin through the transitional weather of fall will leave you much better equipped to fight the frost of the oncoming winter. So we’ve detailed a few steps to get you winter-ready and have you greeting the crunching leaves with open arms and a glowing epidermis.

Exfoliate out those fading tans.

Trying to hold on to your summer glow for too long after your beach days will leave you patchy and discolored. Exfoliation is the way to go here, but ONLY alongside some heavy-duty hydrating. We love Frank for his all-natural vegan coffee scrubs that demolish dead skin and leave us with a supple glow thanks to added oils. Try out a coffee scrub on your whole body for a whole new you, then add on a creamy face scrub to get rid of any dark-face-light-neck discrepancies.

Frank chocolate shower scrub

Frank Cacao Coffee Scrub, $19

Make the transition from gel-based to creamy.

Your skin needs to keep a grip on its natural oils a lot more in the cooler months, so ditch any foaming cleansers and grab something rich and creamy. While we love Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser for the hotter months, Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth cleanser if the best base for your skin come cooler, drier air.

Glossier milk jelly cleanser

Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser$18

Get a jump on masking.

If you’re not quite aboard the masking train yet, consider this the perfect time to hop on. When it comes to picking the perfect mask to prime your skin for fall, you’ll want to retire the harsh clay masks for the season and swap them for something hyper-hydrating. For hot times, Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is the pore vacuum you never knew you needed. But when it comes to sinking in some serious hydration, Dr. Jart’s Hydration Lover Rubber Mask does the job while also letting you scare the bejesus out of your unsuspecting roommates.

Dr. Jart+ Rubber Mask with Hydration

Dr. Jart+ Hydration Lover Mask$12

Keep the sun and pollution out of your skin.

Clinique’s City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25 keeps out those nasty pollutants in the air, while also shielding you from the sun.

Clinique City Sheer sunblock shield

Clinique City Block Daily Face Protector$27

We’re leaving chapped lips in the past.

Cold weather is especially brutal on the sensitive lips that you use all day to talk, eat, sip, and occasionally smooch with. Keep them plump and happy with Dr. Lipp’s Original Nipple Balm was created for nursing mothers, so you know it’s been put to the test. The key ingredient is the only ingredient: 100% medical grade lanolin. This is stuff they put on tattoos to keep the skin gooey long enough to heal. It sticks around and sinks in slowly, keeping your kisser luscious for hours on end.

Dr. Lipp nipple cream

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm$15

Soften new dark spots and hydrate without clogging your pores.

Rosehip oil can even out skin tone over time, which is perhaps its biggest claim to fame. It’s also a great oil for those with acne-prone skin. The molecular structure of the oil is so light, that it avoids the pore-clogging problems of other, heavier oils. We love this version from Radha Beauty, and because you only need a few drops at a time, the bottle will last forever.

Rosehip oil

Radha Beauty Organic Rosehip Oil$15

Keep your eyes in mind.

The thin, sensitive skin under the eyes can be especially prone to drier days, so it needs a little bit of extra help. The Creamy Treatment with Avocado from Kiehl’s is a great supplier of fatty oils and creamy goodness that your under eye bags are begging you for.

Kiehls eye treatment

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado$48

Do the overnight shift.

Giving products the time to settle in while you sleep is a huge advantage in the hydration game. Thankfully, one mask can even help you fall asleep while working its magic. The Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask from belif uses skin-soothing Scottish Heather and super-hydrating Lady’s Mantle to satisfy your skin’s thirst while rocking you gently into dreamland.

belif overnight sleep mask

Belif Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask$34