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Transition Your Routine From Summer to Fall in Five Easy Steps

From hydrating toner to face oil, here are the five types of K-beauty products that should be a part of your fall skin care wardrobe.

Fall is wonderful. Who doesn’t love glorious coats, beautiful foliage, and delicious pumpkin-flavored beverages (c’mon, admit it!)? Your skin, on the other hand, might not be so psyched about cooler temperatures and windier weather. It can be tough to maintain that healthy glow we all strive for, but with the right products in hand, your skin will not only stay healthy all season long, but be ready to take on even harsher conditions come winter.

Read on for five ways to successfully transition your routine from summer to fall.

Move to a heavier moisturizer, or even add a face oil.

This one’s the obvious one. Your lightweight moisturizer worked wonders at keeping breakouts and shine at bay under the summer sun, but it may not cut it in the face of the chilly, windy elements.

Of course, we’re not dealing with sub-freezing temperatures just yet, so we recommend opting for a nourishing yet breathable cream like the SKINRx Lab MadeCera Cream. This cream is packed with moisturizing ceramides to soothe dehydrated skin, as well as madecassoside to fight inflammation. The formula also includes niacinamide for brightening and adenosine to firm and smooth skin. It’s not too thick, yet it packs a serious punch when it comes to moisture. 

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If you’re still in need of some extra hydration, try adding a face oil to your routine. It can be used alone as a more hydrating moisturizer, or you can mix it in with your current moisturizer for a supercharged boost. We recommend the Rovectin Skin Essentials Barrier Repair Face Oil, which includes beneficial ingredients such as neroli oil, vitamin E, and squalane to relieve dry skin without being too oily or greasy. 

Invest in a good sleeping pack.

One of the best ways to recover your skin from a day out in the autumn air is with a sleeping pack, a.k.a. an overnight mask. It’ll help you make the most of your hours asleep, and you’ll wake up with dewy, hydrated skin, no matter what the previous day’s forecast was.

We suggest the Beauty of Joseon Revitalize Sleeping Mask, which, in addition to replenishing moisture levels, brightens and prevents wrinkles. Plus, the formula is free of sulfates, parabens and alcohol. Apply a few times a week as needed as the final step of your evening routine after your normal nighttime moisturizer.

Cycle in hydrating treatments.

Keep the hydration train going with a moisturizing serum or ampoule. A great option is the Danahan Ginseng Seed Secret Emulsion. The formula’s star ingredient is ginseng, which is known for its anti-aging and firming properties. It also provides serious long-lasting hydration, while still being lightweight and quick to absorb. Use as a stand-alone treatment or apply before any thicker creams.

Ease back on the exfoliation.

We all know exfoliation is the key to clear, smooth skin, but in the fall it’s much easier to over-exfoliate. Your skin is exposed to harsher conditions which weaken the skin barrier and make your skin more susceptible to irritation. So be extra vigilant in watching for signs of over-exfoliation and irritation, and make sure to follow up each exfoliation with soothing products or a good sheet mask.

A sensitive skin-friendly exfoliating product that we love is the Isntree Clear Skin 8% AHA Essence, which uses glycolic acid and lactic acid (a mild exfoliant that also has hydrating properties) to gently remove dead skin cells. It also includes hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica to soothe and hydrate skin.

Swap out a clarifying toner for a hydrating one.

Toner is obviously a necessity no matter the season. In the summer, your skin can benefit from a cleansing toner to help pores stay clear when you’re sweating and producing excess oil. But in the cooler months, a hydrating toner might be the better choice. We’re especially into cream toners such as the I’m From Rice Toner right now. Cream toners have a milky texture in comparison to the usual watery consistency of a toner. Formulated with rice extract, the I’m From one is particularly nourishing. 

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