Fresh Faced for Fall 2021

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The changing temperatures can really do a number on your skin.  Cooler weather can mean dry, flaky, itchy skin, which is all around no fun, but even worse if your acne prone.  Just like transitioning your wardrobe, it’s important to update your skincare regimen as well.

Dr. W. Elliot Love, Board-Certified Dermatologist, and fellowship-trained skin cancer and reconstructive surgeon, recommends changing up your skin routines as the skin requires different things once the cold weather arrives.  “The skin likes consistency, so when factors, like weather, change so quickly, it’s like a shock to the system. As the temperature and humidity drops, the skin will have to work harder to maintain adequate hydration as cold weather and wind start to kick in,” explains Dr. Love.

Esthetician and founder of the Facial Lounge, Amber Rose Johnson also stresses the importance of switching out your lightweight summer moisturizers in favor of adding a little extra nutrition and moisture after a drastic temperature drop. Be proactive and begin taking care of your skin now to prevent any chill-induced beauty issues. 

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Exfoliate with Enzyme Masks

According to Johnson, it’s important to avoid, abrasive harsh scrubs which will only further irritate your skin during the fall and potentially lead to more breakouts. 

Instead, Johnson recommends enzyme masks.  “The gentle approach to exfoliating is one of the main advantages of using an enzymatic mask rather than a granular exfoliant,” Johnson explains. “Our skin is continuously bombarded by environmental pollutants and harsh UV rays, especially during the fall and winter seasons, which makes it more susceptible to harm and irritation if we use a rough, granular scrub. Not only does it irritate the skin, but irritation leads to aging and breakouts.”

Johnson recommends using an enzyme mask in the fall and winter which can really penetrate the skin such a Facial Lounge’s Papaya Enzyme Mask, a shower-friendly multi-purpose mask.  According to Johnson, “the enzyme is activated by the steam, allowing it to function more rapidly and effectively! This mask gently resurfaces the skin and aids in the restoration, hydration, and ‘repair’ of the skin while also eliminating dead skin cells.”

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Oil Up in the AM with CBD

Particularly if you find yourself rushed in the mornings, a dry oil infused with CBD could be a great way to lock in moisture quickly.  After hoping out the shower, spritz a dry oil packed with botanical oils and hemp extract for an instant dose of hydration as you face the chillier temperatures.

cbdMD Botanicals Dry Body Oil is a feather-light spray that provides rapid hydration sans greasy residue meaning you can spray it on, get dressed and run out the door! Formulated with CBD, as well as coconut oil, argan oil, and shea butter for deep moisturizing and skin calming effects.  Plus, it’s created without any perfumes or dyes which could irritate sensitive skin.

Dr. Michael Somenek, Facial plastic surgeon and skincare expert explains the benefits of CBD in skincare.  “It acts as both an anti-inflammatory agent and an oil reduction agent… It is also a good antioxidant that can help protect against free radical damage to skin cells.”  However, Somenek warns against just applying CBD oil to your skin, “side effects of unregulated use [of CBD] include nausea, fatigue and irritability.  CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does.”  That said, it’s best to always consult a physician before starting a new routine.

Don’t Ignore the Autumnal Sun

While it’s easy to remember SPF during the summer, so many of us forget to protect our skin during the cooler months.  Johnson recommends you wear a mineral-based SPF to stay protected against the full spectrum of ultraviolet radiation.

“Although the outside activities aren’t as common in these months, a common misconception is that you can skip the SPF step of your skincare routine. Surprisingly, the harmful UVA rays are stronger than ever during fall and winter, and these are the cancer-causing rays that you need to protect against,” explains Johnson. “It is also important that you use a mineral-based sunscreen along with an antioxidant. We have an amazing [one] that is packed with 18 different natural antioxidants that will protect your skin year-round. This serum is a booster and can be mixed with any moisturizer. We love mixing it with Luxe Creme for dry and sensitive skin or Oil-Free Moisturizer for oily and [acne prone] skin during [the] fall!”

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Moisturize While You Snooze

You start to realize your skin is begging for moisture by the dry, itchy, flaking texture, but before you slather on your favorite everyday moisturizer and get into bed look at the ingredients.  Johnson recommends avoiding daytime moisturizers at night. 

To keep your skin balanced during these cooler months, make sure you’re not using a daytime moisturizer, especially one with a built-in SPF,” warns Johnson.  Instead she recommends you, “swap out that lighter moisturizer because this is the time to be giving your skin all the extra nutrition and moisture it needs. We recommend using a rich night-time moisturizer. We recommend the Whipped Creme Sleeping Masque because it is a multi-tasking creme and that is infused with Liquid Crystals that create a protective barrier, locking in vital moisture and encouraging repair.”

Follow these tips and you’ll be ready for a fall full of apple pie, pumpkin spiced-everything, family, friends, and healthy, supple skin!

—Janine Silver


  1. Alita Pacio says

    These are all great finds for fall. I need to check and try these out

  2. I do love using a facial oil in the colder months. It really does work wonders. I need to exfoliate thanks for the reminder…it’s been a while!

  3. All great tips. I haven’t yet jumped on the CBD bandwagon yet. I can’t get past the smell. But it sounds like it is worth trying.

  4. I’ve been extra mindful of my skin care especially as I get older. Teaching my daughters the same as well

  5. So much great info here for caring for your skin in the fall season!

  6. Thena Franssen says

    Sounds like great products. I’m going to have to use these on my skin as it needs a boost.

  7. Very interesting products that I’ll try to find here in Europe. I’d love to try them out.

  8. Here in my area Of California the seasonal changes are minor. I am very careful with my skin year round as the sun exposure ia quite significant.

  9. Aimee AMALA says

    These look like they would be great for those looking for a good pamper!

  10. I gonna try “papaya enzime”, sounds great. Actually, I love trying new beauty products. Thank you for great ideas.

  11. I would love to try out the outstanding product. Hope it will really help with my skin

  12. It is so hard to keep up with good skin practices during the cold months – I especially have a hard time with my dry skin. Thank you for these recommendations!

  13. Wow I have not tries cbd yet for my skin. But I’d love to give it a shot someday!

  14. I would love to try the Papaya Enzyme of Facial Lounge – this will surely moisturize my dry, flaky skin.

  15. My skin gets dry in the winter. I could use something to help lock in moisture.

  16. Thena Franssen says

    Cold weather dries my skin out so bad. I hate it. It’s like clockwork and happens every year.

  17. Oh, these look nice. I will definitely have to check them out. Thanks!

  18. Hhhhmmmm….oiling up in the morning with some CBD oil sounds a great idea! I love it.

  19. I like the idea of the sleeping mask. That sounds just heavenly.

  20. I think that the glitter trend is funny. I honestly wasn’t even that into it when I came around the first time.

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