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How To Curate The Best Fall Skincare Routine

Fall skincare tips and products can ensure a seamless transition between seasons. Here, find the ultimate Kiehl’s fall skincare routine.

When the seasons change and autumn arrives, don’t let the name “fall” serve as a premonition for skin woes. If your skin thrived throughout the summer, there’s no reason for it to fall apart come, well, fall. With that said, you can’t expect your skin to weather the changing seasons without adapting your skincare routine. An effective fall skincare routine takes the dropping temperatures into consideration and provides your skin with the moisture and care it needs to keep its healthy look. If you’re lost as to what needs to be adjusted, we’re here to help. Below, learn about why your routine needs an update for fall and the best fall skincare products from Kiehl’s. Plus, we’re sharing our best fall skincare tips.

How Do I Prepare My Skin For Fall?

Changes to your lifestyle and environment that seem small can have quite an influence on your skin. This includes not drinking enough water, moving to a more polluted area, and the shifting of the seasons. Today, of course, we’re focused on the latter. Your skin’s sebum levels and natural moisture barrier can both be impacted by the season and its associated weather. While you don’t need to drop everything to prepare your skin for fall, we do recommend you start thinking about it. Before the new season hits, learn what a fall skincare routine should include and start picking up the necessary fall skincare products. You can wait to start using them until after the heat of summer, but you’ll be ready to go at the first sign of change in the weather.

How Do I Change My Skincare Routine For Autumn?

Now you know why changing your skincare routine for fall is necessary but not how to change it. That’s next. Keep reading for an easy five-step routine packed with our best fall skincare tips.

Fall Skincare Routine Step #1:

Cleanse and Tone

While your skincare routine should change with the seasons, your core steps will stay the same. For example, you won’t suddenly need to forgo cleansing. That’s a staple in every routine. Start things off right with Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, a cleanser with calendula and glycerin that gently lifts away dirt, oil, and impurities to help skin look instantly refreshed and revitalized. Wet your skin and massage the cleanser onto your face in gentle, circular motions, then rinse with lukewarm water.

Kiehl's Calendula Face Cleanser set

Follow it with Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, which cleanses away lingering impurities without harsh or synthetic drying ingredients. Formulated with calendula and allantoin, it gently soothes and freshens skin. Saturate a cotton pad with the toner and smooth it onto your skin.

Fall Skincare Routine Step #2:

Layer Serums

If your skin concerns change in time with the seasons, using the right serums can help. We recommend layering different serums to address your skin’s needs. The perfect cocktail may differ for everyone, but one of our favorite fall skincare product combinations is Vital Skin-Strengthening Hyaluronic Acid Super Serum and Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum. The first serum, which features 11kDA hyaluronic acid (our smallest form of hyaluronic acid, capable of penetrating eight skin surface layers deep*), helps correct visible signs of aging caused by skin stressors, including pollution, stress, and sun exposure. It’s clinically-demonstrated to improve skin texture and visibly reduce fine lines.* The second, our serum with 10.5% pure vitamin C and 2% ascorbyl glucoside (a vitamin C derivative), plus hyaluronic acid, instantly boosts radiance and helps minimize the appearance of enlarged pores.

*Based on a clinical study of 25 panelists measuring the penetration of the full formula via tape stripping.*

*Based on a 4-week clinical study on 58 subjects tested in urban and polluted environments.*

If, like us, you enjoy the benefits of layering serums, remember this: apply them from thinnest to thickest. This skincare rule can be applied to your entire routine, but is especially helpful when it comes to applying two or more of the same product type. It will allow each formula to absorb and offer its full benefits.

Fall Skincare Routine Step #3:

Apply Eye Cream

Next on the agenda is caring for your eye area. Your eyes (and the surrounding skin) may have spent most of the summer hidden behind sunglasses, but you won’t have the same luxury in fall. If your glasses were helping disguise dark circles, turn to an eye cream for aid instead. Powerful-Strength Dark Circle Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum with tri-peptide, pure vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid visibly reduces both blue and brown dark circles in as few as seven days. It also instantly smooths and hydrates your under-eye area to refresh the appearance of tired-looking eyes. Every morning and evening, rub the formula between your fingertips, then gently pat and smooth it around your eyes.

Fall Skincare Routine Step #4:


Ultra Facial Cream

As we touched on, a change in the outdoor temperature can affect how dry or oily your skin feels. For fall, we recommend increasing how much moisture you offer your skin. Ultra Facial Cream is a Kiehl’s favorite for exactly that purpose. The moisturizer with glycerin and squalane provides instant and lasting hydration. It balances even your skin’s driest areas with 2.3X more moisture. Alternatively, try Calendula Serum-Infused Gel Cream. This option is a lightweight formula that provides a refreshing burst of soothing hydration and also helps visibly reduce redness with continued use—making it a great pick for sensitive skin. Smooth either formula onto your skin with clean hands, and carry it down to your neck too.

Fall Skincare Routine Step #5:

Protect With SPF

Sunscreen and summer are forever associated with one another. But when the summer ends, SPF doesn’t lose its importance. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the sun’s rays can damage and burn your skin all year round. Stay consistent with your sunscreen usage, making sure to apply it every day. Use a broad-spectrum formula with an SPF level of at least 15 and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Super Fluid Daily UV Defense 50+ is our recommendation. This sunscreen helps protect against UVA and UVB rays, as well as pollution. Follow its specific application instructions to ensure your skin is properly protected.

Fall Skincare Routine Bonus Step


Last but not least, make time to pamper yourself and your skin in the fall. It’s a busy time, with the back-to-school season and beginning of the holidays. A few times per week, show yourself some TLC with Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask. Formulated with avocado oil and fruit extract, it conditions your skin with addictively creamy moisture and leaves it feeling replenished. To see for yourself, scoop out a generous amount and work it between your fingertips until it feels smooth. Apply a thick layer to clean skin, and let it be for 15 minutes. When time is up, rinse with lukewarm water while massaging in gentle circular motions.

Next: Start prepping for winter, too, with 7 Tips For Soft, Hydrated Skin All Winter Long.

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