While everyone is waxing poetic about the fall leaves, fall weather, apples and pumpkins over on their blogs and social media, I have a more reserved stance on the season. Don’t get me wrong, I love apple pie and general coziness as much as the next person, but if I’m being honest, the transition to fall wreaks havoc on my body and my skin.
In particular, my skin tends to become dry, flaky, and dull looking, and none of my summer skincare products will work anymore. This fall I was introduced to some new products that I’ve been using regularly, and my skin is looking supple and youthful and not at all flaky.
The products below are listed in the order of use - first serum, then toner, then mask.
Herbivore Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion: This product has been all over Instagram and one quick glance at the packaging tells you why. I first tried this product when a makeup artist at Sephora used it on me before a makeover, and I bought it on the spot. I’m a big believer in serums, and this lightweight, fruit-acid serum gently exfoliates and helps even out skin tone. It also has the CLEAN seal of approval from Sephora, and is natural, vegan, and cruelty free. The instructions say you should use it after your toner, but my makeup artist said this should be the base - I’ve been using it as the first product on my skin after cleansing and it’s been working wonders for me. I use this twice a day - in the morning and at night. At $62, this is the most expensive product in my skincare routine.
Thayer Witch Hazel - alcohol-free toner facial mist: Growing up my skincare routine included rosewater toner. Then I got introduced to new, fancy, technologically advanced products and forgot all about my old staple. But sometimes, old and traditional is better, and while I picked up this toner on a whim at Target, it quickly reminded me of why I like it - beautifully scented hydration at any time of day. This product is sulfate-free, formaldehyde-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, not tested on animals, and just over $10.
Belif Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask: I received this product for testing purposes from Influenster (sign up to receive your own product testing opportunities), and to be honest, I did not expect to like this product at all. It’s blue and has this weird pudding-like consistency, but it is so hydrating that I got over all weirdness after the first use. So you put this on at night after your favorite moisturizer, and then wash it off in the morning. It goes on clear, leaves no residue on your pillow, and although it feels a little unusual the first time you use it, I got used to it very quickly. This is also formulated without parabens and sulphates and is free of mineral oils, petrolatum, synthetic preservatives, dyes, fragrances and is vegan. It retails for $34, but be aware that you still need a moisturizer underneath.
What are some of your favorite beauty products this time of year? Leave them in the comments below!