Fall always feel like a good time for a fresh start. Even more so than in spring I feel the urge to deep clean the house and weed out my closet as I rotate in the warmer wardrobe. This year I went through all of my bathroom cabinet drawers, and, whoa, it was a mess. It took a whole trash bag to handle all the bottles and clutter!
After that big purge, I re-evaluated my skincare ritual. And for the first time, I feel really confident about creating all of my products from scratch! My skin falls under the ‘aging’ category, which is linked with dryness. Here’s how I’m transitioning my nighttime cleansing ritual to draw in moisture and lock it in.
Change Up Your Cleanser
Air in our houses and offices becomes much less humid in fall and winter (thanks, gas heat!). So while your skin was probably a bit shiny and oily during summer, it will soon feel drier than the Sahara Desert. Time to put down the products to eradicate a shiny forehead and transition to a milder cleanser.
Cleansing balms feel amazing on chapped, red skin. Just don’t get too aggressive when removing it with the muslin cloth.
The other thing my skin really needs in fall/winter is exfoliating on the regular. I’m working on getting rid of discoloration and acne scars, and cell turnover is key. But skin is more easily irritated and sensitive when dry, so my advice is to go easy and stop scrubbing with anything harsh. This simple face scrub is my new favorite. It’s pre-mixed and I can keep it by the sink.
Honey Cinnamon Oatmeal cleanser
- 1 tablespoon finely ground old fashioned oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon Bentonite clay
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons honey
Use a coffee grinder to grind the oats into a fine powder. Add oat and clay powder and cinnamon to a small bowl. Pour in the honey and stir until well combined. Store in a 2-ounce glass jar with lid.
Do a patch test before using on your face to make sure you skin won’t be irritated by the cinnamon. If you’re worried about that ingredient, it’s totally fine to leave it out.
Bring in Fall Flavors
This toner adds a dose of cranberry juice for a fall-flavored antioxidant boost. Antioxidants are the good guys that fight the free radicals that cause wrinkles, redness, pigmentation and fine lines. Cranberry juice has tons of vitamin C, which boosts collagen, while its antiseptic properties ward off acne. The juice is naturally acidic so be sure to dilute it well.
I was also thinking about using apple cider vinegar – because, fall! So that’s another option. It needs to be diluted well too so I would add 2 tablespoons to a cup of white or green tea (they also have mega antioxidants).
Start checking labels because you want to avoid alcohol in your toner at all costs. It’s super drying to your skin! Stick with gentle DIY toners that include hydrosols or witch hazel. Witch hazel is an astringent that combats oil and tightens skin, but, weirdly, it’s also helpful for dry skin. It has moisturizing and healing properties that help soothe conditions like eczema that are often exacerbated by dry skin.
Pour and measure 4 ounces of witch hazel into a measuring cup. Add the hydrosol and cranberry juice and stir. Using a funnel, slowly pour the mixture into a clean 6-ounce bottle. Shake before each use and then swipe over the face with a cotton pad. You can also put the toner into a spray bottle and spritz on your face. Let the liquid absorb into your skin before applying moisturizer. Store in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks.
Hydrate at Night
During the colder months, this serum calms almost any dry, itchy skin condition. Pomegranate seed oil is a rich oil that deeply penetrates the skin to improve skin healing. Avocado oil is loaded with vitamins A and D as well as fatty acids that improve skin hydration and elasticity. And rose hip oil, my favorite, has lots of vitamins C and natural retinol to help reverse sun damage.
Pomegranate Face Serum
- 2 teaspoons avocado oil
- 2 teaspoons pomegranate seed oil
- 2 teaspoons rosehip seed oil
- 3 drops frankincense essential oil
- 3 drops Roman chamomile or lavender essential oil
- 1 ounce glass bottle with dropper
Add the avocado, pomegranate and rosehip seed oils. Add essential oils and swirl. Replace lid cover and shake again. Apply 2-4 drops to your fingers and pat onto your face. Don’t rub or pull the skin.
And, as always, wear sunscreen during the day. This tinted moisturizer is my favorite way to get SPF on my face without it feeling thick or making me look like a mime.5