How to Transition Your Skincare From Summer to Fall

Can you believe that fall is right around the corner? We’re about a month out from my favourite season of all. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer, but I also love cozy sweaters, warm tea, fall colours, scarves and blankets, and most of all my fall skincare routine. The air is changing and temperatures are dropping, so our skin needs some extra love this time of year. Keep reading to find out what I recommend to transition from summer to fall skincare. 

1. Protect and Correct

This change of season is a great time to evaluate the current state of your skin, and address those concerns before diving into a brand new routine. Did summer leave a mark on your skin? Did you spend a lot of time in the sun? Is your skin tone looking dull, uneven, or are you noticing more fine lines than usual? 

If you answered yes to any of those questions.. You might want to add some Vitamin C to your routine. Vitamin C is known to repair sun damage, treat fine lines, and protect the skin from further damage from free radicals. Try these Vitamin C serums, or get your Vitamin C from your moisturizer with the Luxe Botanics Camu Brightening Moisturizer. Another option is a toner enhanced with Vitamin C, like the Apoterra Neroli Clarifying Toner. It’s great for acne or breakout prone skin too! 

On that same note, just because the temperature is dropping, does not mean it’s safe to stop using your SPF! You should keep up your safe sun practices well into the winter. We lose the heat, but the sun continues to penetrate and damage our skin year round. For an easy addition to any skincare/makeup routine try the Salt & Stone SPF Face Stick. Keep it in your bag to quickly and easily reapply throughout the day. 

2. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

After months of sweat, excess oil, SPF, and lots of time outside.. It’s time to get rid of that built up sebum and dead skin. If you’ve been regularly exfoliating, you’re in good shape. If you haven’t then it’s time to get at it. Start fall with a fresh face, and reveal a glowing and smooth complexion. Depending on the product we recommend exfoliating 1-3 times a week. Try Woodlot’s Gentle Exfoliant if you like the feeling of a scrub and you’re happy to do it a few times a week. Go for Indie Lee’s Radiance Renewal Pads for a strong chemical exfoliant that only needs to be used once weekly. Another great way to exfoliate is by using a konjac sponge! Use it on it’s own, or with your daily cleanser to boost exfoliation.

Don’t forget about your body! Using a body scrub or dry brush has so many benefits. First of all, it will clear uneven texture and leave you feeling smooth. It will also help with Lymphatic Drainage, which keeps your body functioning better and leaves you glowing. Click here to read a blog post all about that. 

3. Step up Your Moisture Game

Now that the temperatures are falling, your skin will be craving a bit more moisture. If you’ve been using something lightweight all summer, you can simply apply a bit more than usual to tie you over for fall, and bring in a heavier cream when winter hits. Or you can step it up a notch by opting for a richer moisturizer like Pai’s Hydrating Cream with Avocado and Jojoba or Shamanuti’s Creme No. 5

Again, don’t forget about your body! Click here to shop body lotions and butters. 

4. Mask Away

Remember when we said fall is a good time to evaluate your skin? What did you notice? Are you more oily, dry, experiencing breakouts or redness? Whatever the concern, there’s a mask for that. Here are some of our favs to help you start fresh in fall: 

For breakouts and oily skin:

Indie Lee Clearing Mask

Apoterra Charcoal Mask 

Pai AHA Mask

For dry skin:

Apoterra Night Balm

Orgaid Sheet Mask

John Masters Mask

For dull or uneven skin:

Pai Radiance Mask

Ursa Major Mask

Apoterra Hibiscus Exfoliating Mud

For sensitive or irritated skin:

The New New Age Turmeric and Honey Facial Mask

Egyptian Magic

Province Apothecary Healing Eczema Balm

5. Don’t forget lips and eyes

These delicate areas are the first to feel the effects of cooler temperatures. Remember to apply your eye cream consistently, and gently use the ring finger to tap it in. Try Sahajan’s eye cream for a radiance boost specifically formulated for the gentle eye area. For something rich and soothing, reach for Belmondo’s The Petal Gentle Eye Cream

Lips! If you’re like me you might experience dry lips year round; but as it gets colder, the dryness gets worse. Nourish and heal your lips with Indie Lee’s Lip Treat, or reach for Smith Farms Shea Butter Lip Balm to keep your lips smooth and hydrated. 

Follow these steps to transition your skincare like a pro! As always, comment down below with any questions or your own tips you may want to share!  


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  • Kaitlyn on

    This is amazing and very helpful! Thank you. 😊


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