Fall Skin Care Tips

The season has officially changed and in Tahoe we are already praying for snow. If you haven’t already transitioned your skin care routine to a cooler weather regimen. This is your sign.

As the season changes you may notice your skin changing as well. Consider these cooler weather skincare tips to help make this upcoming holiday season as smooth as your skin.

The environment has a lot to do with how our skin feels and looks. When it’s cold and dry, the skin may feel dehydrated. Other environmental stressors like air pollution, sun exposure, wind exposure, fireplaces, heaters, can really take a toll too.

Skin must adapt to the new set of climate conditions, but you can make its job a little easier by implementing a cooler weather skincare routine outlined by these skincare tips.

How Does Fall Weather Affect Skin Health?

No matter where you live, autumn months are generally cooler and drier than summer.  Here are some ways that fall weather affects skin:

  • Cooler temperatures increase the skin’s proneness to dryness and dehydration. 
  • Weather conditions like wind, rain, and hopefully snow exacerbate sensitive and reactive skin. Skin may experience more irritation, redness, and inflammation.
  • The myth that you don’t need sunscreen in cooler months may increase the risk of sunburn and other harmful effects of sun exposure.
  • Low humidity levels can exacerbate skin conditions like eczema
  • Dry weather means skin will produce more sebum, leading to more breakouts.


As the temperature and humidity levels decrease, so does your skin’s moisture content. As your skin gets drier it creates excess oil to compensate. This then leads to breakouts.

Avoid dryness and breakouts by hydrating your skin from the inside out. This means drinking more water, consuming foods that are hydrating, investing in a humidifier, and using hydrating serums and moisturizers. Look for humectant ingredients like hyaluronic acid that attract water. We suggest the Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum by Sorella Apothecary.

Swap Light Moisturizers for Thick Creams

As the fall months approach, it’s time to upgrade to a thick facial cream that offers hydration but also acts as a barrier between skin and the surrounding environment. It’s time to add emollient and occlusive ingredients. Emollients soften the skin, making it less prone to dryness and roughness and occlusive are moisturizing agents that work by forming a protective layer creating  a barrier to prevent moisture loss. Look for these ingredients: argan oil, beeswax, borage seed oil, safflower oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, and coconut oil. We Love Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer by Eminence.

Stay on Top of SPF

You should apply SPF products everyday! Even when it is windy, snowy, and rainy, or you are having a cozy indoor day  you still need SPF. The sunlight penetrates through the cloudy sky, reflects off water, and comes in through the window. Sunscreen will prevent free radical damage that accelerates skin aging. We recommend Flex  a SPF by Colorescience, that also protects your skin from damaging blue light if you are spending more time inside on your screens.

Use a Hydrating Cleanser

If your cleanser leaves your skin feeling tight, dry, and itchy, going into the winter months.  Look for a cleanser that’s gentle yet hydrating. Opt for a cream or oil based cleanser, like the Apricot Mango Cleansing Milk for a boost of hydration at the start of your fall skincare routine.

Say Yes to Facial Oils

Facial oils are a  great way to restore moisture balance during otherwise dry months. Some great facial oils are Rosehip Oil, sesame Oil, and Sea Buckthorn Oil. These oils are rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and moisture content. Try the Rosehip Triple C + E Firming Oil.

Lips Need Love, Too

One of the first skin-related symptoms many people experience when the seasons change is chapped lips. Keep a lip balm in your purse or pocket at all times and apply throughout the day. Not only will this hydrate your lips, but many lip balms contain protective ingredients that form a seal on the lips. This will come in handy on cool, dry, and windy fall days. Look for a lip balm or with SPF. Try Lip Shine for a pop of color plus hydration and SPF

Body Lotion is a Must

Please don’t forget the rest of your body, our skin will get dry everywhere. The best time to apply body moisturizer is right when you get out of the shower. Even when your skin is still damp, apply a generous amount of body lotions and oils on your skin. This will help seal in that water, so you won’t suffer from dry hands, elbows, knees, and feet in the fall. Our favorite body hydration cocktail is to mix Apricot Body Oil with Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Body Lotion.

Get a Facial. 

A great facial will not only remove the old layer of skin, but will also go deep to moisturize skin below, preparing it for the cold winter days outside and drying winter heat inside that is just around the corner. A restorative facial will leave you looking dewy as you head into the holidays. Try our Harvest Glow Facial that we are offering all November. Not only are you going to love the harvest season inspired aromatic experience, and a treatment,  but you will also receive a FREE Firm Skin Acia Booster – Serum  power packed with hyaluronic acid. A great way to start the Holiday Season.

Sugared | South Lake Tahoe

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