Colder weather means sweaters and hot chocolate, but it also means that your skin can feel the effects of this change. Updating your skincare routine seasonally is a great way to support your skin’s natural moisture barrier, while adapting to your skin’s specific needs. Try these tips to keep your skin glowing all fall and winter long!

Use a moisturizing cleanser

Even if you have oily skin, the drier, colder weather can strip the natural moisture from your skin. To prevent the redness and irritation that comes with dry skin, look for a gentle cleanser made with skin-loving ingredients like coconut water, rosehips, and lavender that won’t dry you out. And if you have dry skin normally, a cleansing milk or balm can actually add moisture.

Forget what you know about toners

We think about toners as stinging astringents we used to fight acne as teenagers, but there are plenty of cleansing options to lock in moisture and still fight excess oil or acne. Witch hazel is a naturally gentle astringent that won’t sting or dry out your skin. If you have dry or sensitive skin, look for a spray toner so you won’t have to rub or irritate the skin.

Give your skin a boost

If you have a specialized skin goal, like boosting radiance or fighting acne, a serum is the perfect way to get targeted treatment. The most natural option is by finding a facial oil derived from simple ingredients. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, an oil may sound like the exact opposite of what you’re looking for, so look for options that won’t clog pores like sea buckthorn or hemp.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

Moisturized skin the the best beauty barrier against irritation, redness, sensitivity, excess oil, and more. If you don’t typically use a moisturizer, now is the time to use even a lightweight one. Or pick something a little more heavy duty if you live somewhere where temperatures seriously drop or you have dry skin.

Treat yourself

About 2-3 times a week, give your skin the special treatment it (and you) deserves. A face mask with hydrating ingredients like argan oil can lock in moisture without feeling like you covered yourself in lotion. Try different masks each time for different benefits–or even multi-mask, where you use certain masks on different parts of your face, i.e. use a clay mask on your T-zone to draw out impurities and a hydrating mask on your cheeks to combat redness.

Find all the cruelty-free skincare goodies for your skin in the Wellness Department of your local Earth Fare, where a trusted Wellness Advisor can help you find your perfect match!

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