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Fall Skincare: The Best Products, Ingredients, & Habits To Start

October 17, 2023

The change in seasons from summer to fall brings a shift in temperatures, humidity levels, and our skincare needs. Our skin can go from being oily in the summer to dry in the fall and winter months. Here we’ll go over the best skincare products and ingredients to use during the autumn months to keep your skin looking radiant and healthy.

If you’re not sure where to start with building a fall skincare routine—schedule a free consult with us! You’ll sit down with one of our providers and they’ll assess your skin. After, they’ll make personalized product recommendations based on your skin type and goals.


Photo of a white bottle of Hydration Boosting Cream from skin better science® brand


The dip in humidity as we head into fall means moisture gets sucked out of the skin more easily. Switching to a thicker, more emollient moisturizer in the fall helps counteract tightness and dryness. Look for moisturizers with hydrating ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, jojoba oil, and shea butter. Slather it on morning and night. You may even need to layer a serum underneath for extra moisture.

Hydration Boosting Cream from SkinBetter is a great product to introduce in the fall and winter. It’s thicker and provides some extra hydration to combat the colder weather which can dry out your skin.


A buildup of dead skin cells can make skin look dull during the fall. Exfoliate 1-2 times a week to whisk away dry flakes and reveal fresher skin underneath. Use a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) scrub or liquid exfoliant with lactic acid or gluconolactone, which are gentler than AHAs like glycolic acid. Limit exfoliation to twice a week to avoid irritation.

Another great addition to your fall skincare routine would be HydraFacials (if not doing so already). They provide gentle exfoliation to the skin, while also keeping it hydrated and glowing.

Photo of a copper-colored bottle of Even Tone Correcting Serum from skin better science® brand

Hydrate With Toners

Hydrating facial toners add an extra layer of humectants and moisture to the skin. Look for soothing botanical waters like rosewater or nourishing essences and serums packed with hyaluronic acid. Apply with hands or a cotton round after cleansing to prep skin before heavier creams.

We love Even Tone Correcting Serum from SkinBetter! It helps balance your skin’s tone, aids in pigmentation issues, and is also hydrating.

Protect With SPF

UV exposure remains a threat even in the fall and winter months. Continue applying broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen as the last step of your morning skincare routine. Choose a moisturizing sunscreen formula to avoid an extra layer of drying alcohol-based sunscreen.

Remember, just because the sun is less harsh in the fall, that doesn’t mean we can stop applying SPF daily to protect our skin against those UV Rays.

Treat Redness

The cooler, windier weather coupled with indoor heating can cause facial redness for many people during the fall. Calm irritation with a serum containing niacinamide or centella asiatica (cica). Azelaic acid also works to reduce facial flushing.

Fall is also a great season to consider laser treatments, such as BBL, Moxi, or Halo. These are all great options for treating any redness or sun damage left over from that summer sun.


Fall is a good time to start using retinoids to tackle signs of aging and sun damage accumulated over the summer months. They encourage new cell turnover to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin. Start slowly, like 2-3 nights a week, then work up to more frequent use.

AlphaRet Clearing Serum from SkinBetter would be a great addition to your fall skincare regimen.

Thick Night Creams

Lock in moisture while you sleep by switching out your lightweight summer gel for a richer night cream. Look for intense overnight hydrators with shea butter, plant oils, peptides, ceramides. Wake up to plumper, more supple skin.

Mask Up

Give your skin an anti-aging boost this fall using weekly nourishing masks. Look for overnight formulas with peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid. For an instant hit of hydration, use a sheet mask containing skin-plumping ingredients like glycerin and sodium hyaluronate.


The change in weather means adjusting your skincare routine and products to provide your skin the level of nourishment and moisture it needs. Be diligent about applying sun protection, and take advantage of fall as the perfect season to repair summer damage. Your skin will reap the benefits all season long.