8 Essential Skincare Tips for Fall

Bye, summer. Hello, autumn skin care.

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It happens every year: Summer winds down and the cool weather slowly creeps in. As hard as it can be to pack away those shorts and flirty summer dresses, sweater weather is definitely enticing in its own way.

Just like transitioning to a new wardrobe, your skincare regimen needs a change in fall. Here are eight autumn skin and body care tips to keep you looking and feeling lovely through the season.

Switch Up Your Body Cleanser

In the summer, fruity shower gels feel refreshing. In the fall and winter, a hydrating, creamy body wash is in order. Weleda Lavender Creamy Body Wash ($10) is free of drying ingredients and offers a soothing scent for fall days and nights.

Try an Oil-Based Scrub

Oil-based scrubs are perfect for autumn and winter because they polish and hydrate skin all at once. The Body Shop Olive Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub ($24) is mildly scented but richly moisturizing. 

Moisturize All Day, Every Day

Moisturizing from head to toe is non-negotiable in the colder months. The best time to apply lotion is right after your shower or bath, when your skin is still a bit damp. Seal in that moisture with a luxurious body cream like Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter ($36).

Embrace Facial Oil

It might seem unthinkable to let oil touch your face during the sweaty summer months. But oil actually isn't bad for your face at all. An antioxidant-rich facial oil like LOLI Beauty Plum Elixir ($68) is a great way to nourish all skin types in the fall when more moisture is needed.

Don't Forget Sunscreen

Just because you may not be laying on the beach, doesn't mean you can forget the sunscreen for the next six months. Facial sunscreen is a daily essential even in autumn—especially since overcast days can make you forget that sun rays are still beaming down on you. Use a facial moisturizer with a minimum of SPF 15 and reapply every couple of hours if you're going to step outside. Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($43) leaves a silky, matte finish.

Keep Your Feet Soft and Smooth

Even though your feet are probably going to be tucked into boots and closed shoes for months to come, you should continue to take care of them and exfoliate on a regular basis. Dry, cracked heels can be very uncomfortable. Treat your feet to a Boscia Baby Soft Foot Peel ($20), because masking isn't just for your face anymore.

Indulge in a New Hand Cream

It's so important to carry a good hand cream in the colder months. Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter ($5) comes in a mini size. The mild island-inspired scent gives you just the slightest reminder of summer days past.

Say Hello to Cuticle Oil

One tell-tale sign of cold weather is dry cuticles. Sometimes even the best hand creams aren't heavy-duty enough to tackle this issue. French Girl Nail and Cuticle Oil ($25) quickly takes care of painful cracked skin at your fingertips.

Change Is Good

Fall is a wonderful time to indulge your beauty habit. Your skin will thank you.