Autumn Skincare Tips: 7-Step Fall Skincare Routine

It's that time of year again when the leaves start to change color and the air becomes crisp. As we say goodbye to summer, it's time to start thinking about our autumn skincare routine. With the change in season comes a change in weather and, for many, a change in the skin. Here are some tips to help you transition your skincare routine and keep your skin looking its best all season long.

Why Should I Change My Skincare Routine From Summer to Fall?

As the weather cools down, it's important to also transition your skincare routine. Just as you swap out your summer clothes for cozier fall fashion, you should also switch up your skincare products to better suit the colder, drier weather. There is more moisture in the air during humid summer. The cool, crisp air can strip skin of its natural oils, leaving it feeling dry, tight, and itchy. Your skin is your body's largest organ, and it's constantly exposed to the elements. So, when the weather changes, your skin needs a little extra help to stay healthy and hydrated.

But don't despair; there are a few easy autumn skincare tips you can follow to get your skin ready for fall. Here is our 7-step fall skincare routine with a few simple tweaks that make all the difference in keeping your skin looking and feeling its best all autumn long.

7-Step Fall Skincare Routine

1. Use A Hydrating Cleanser

Carefully wash your face without scrubbing too hard to avoid irritating the skin while removing any makeup, dirt, and debris. Use a cleanser with hydrating ingredients to combat dryness, like the Dēpology Cica Redness Relief Nourishing Cleanser. This cleanser uses cica, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides to lock in moisture to hydrate the skin and fight off dry skin caused by cold weather. Use this cleanser twice daily during your morning and night skincare routines.

2. Exfoliate, But Less Frequently

Exfoliating is great for removing dead skin cells and smoothing out the skin, but over-exfoliation can irritate the skin, especially when it is exposed to harsher weather. Cut down on using exfoliants and harsh active ingredients as the weather cools down to protect your skin from damage. We recommend exfoliating 1-2 times per week during the fall. When you do exfoliate, avoid products with exfoliating beads, scrubs, and other ingredients that can be too harsh for sensitive fall skin. Instead, look for gentler yet effective ingredients like lactic acid and PHAs.

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3. Try Out Face Patches

Face patches are a great way to give your skin a little extra TLC without breaking the bank. There are different types of facial patches, the most common being hydrogel patches. These are soaked in serum to deliver skin-loving ingredients to the under-eye area. Wear them for 10-15 minutes or as directed, and massage any remaining serum into the skin after removing them.

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There are also microneedle patches that use tiny needles to gently prick the skin and deliver ingredients to the core as they dissolve. This painless process decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and is an excellent alternative to injectables. Face patches help give your skin an extra boost as the cold sets in.

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4. Treat Your Skin With A Hydrating Serum

Serums are perfect for treating your skin with special ingredients depending on your skin's needs. Since your skin needs more hydration in autumn, use a serum that hydrates and protects the skin, such as the Dēpology Matrixyl® 3000 Serum. Matrixyl® 3000 signals cells to produce more proteins, one of the skin's building blocks, to smooth and plump the skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This serum also contains hyaluronic acid, which binds water to collagen for an intense moisture boost.

5. Lather On A Thicker Moisturizer

Your regular moisturizer might have gotten you through the summer, but a thicker moisturizer in the fall will help better protect your skin from the cool, crisp autumn air. Look for hydrating ingredients and ingredients that suit your skin's specific needs. For example, the Dēpology Anti-Aging Retinol Night Cream moisturizes the skin with niacinamide while minimize wrinkles with anti-aging retinol.

6. Keep Wearing Sunscreen

Just because the sun isn't shining quite as much doesn't mean you can skip out on the sunscreen. Harmful UV rays can reach you any day of the year, even when it's cloudy. So make sure to wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every single day.

7. Moisturize Your Body

The skincare love doesn't need to stop at the face. You should also moisturize the rest of your body to prevent irritation and dryness caused by colder, drier weather. Use body lotion, hand cream, chapstick, and anything else that will keep you comfortable and hydrated.

Fall Skincare Tips To Protect The Skin

In addition to the methods we covered, we have a few extra tips to boost your fall skincare routine:

  • Avoid taking long hot showers, as they can strip your skin of its natural oils. Instead, opt for lukewarm showers to soothe your skin.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and plump.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause dark circles, dull skin, and wrinkles.
  • Eating a nutritious, balanced diet packed with antioxidants and vitamins can help boost your skin's natural defenses against the cold.
  • Invest in a humidifier, which will help regulate the moisture in the air and provide a much-needed boost of hydration for your skin.

Following these tips will ensure your skin stays healthy and hydrated throughout the fall!

Fall Day vs. Night Routine: Products To Use

When it comes to your fall skincare routine, it's recommended to have different products for day versus night. During the day, focus on protecting your skin from sun damage and pollutants with antioxidants like Vitamin C and SPF. In the evening, opt for products that will repair your skin while you sleep. Certain ingredients like Vitamin C and retinol shouldn't be combined to prevent irritation, so you can use Vitamin C in the morning and retinol at night. Exfoliating can also leave your skin more susceptible to environmental damage, so you should leave this step for the evening so your skin can repair itself overnight. Additionally, you can also use an overnight face mask or leave-on face patches to help nourish and relax the skin while you sleep.

Skincare For Fall: Additional Recommend Products From Dēpology

If you're looking for additional skincare products from Dēpology to help your skin transition into fall, we have plenty of products to choose from. To help lock in moisture while you sleep, consider using the Dēpology Pro-Firming Matrixyl® 3000 + Dynalift™ Night Mask. It incorporates Matrixyl® 3000, a peptide complex, and Dynalift™, which firms the skin, to create a potent mask that lifts and hydrates your skin overnight.


For extra protection against cold autumn winds, you can use the Dēpology Peptide Complex Wrinkle Defense Eye Cream. This eye cream protects and hydrates the fragile skin around your eyes with Argireline™, Vitamin E, EGF, and heart leaf extract.


Lastly, if your skin is feeling extra dry, try using the Dēpology Matriplex™ Peptide Intense Cream. This cream is packed with nourishing ingredients like Matrixyl® 3000 complex, soybean extract, niacinamide, and sodium PCA to help hydrate, protect, and soothe the skin.

The Final Verdict: Autumn skincare tips

That's it! These easy autumn skincare tips will help your skin transition from summer to fall. Just remember to be gentle with your skin, hydrate often, and protect it from the elements. A few simple changes to your skincare routine can make all the difference in keeping your skin looking and feeling its best all autumn long. Now go enjoy all the fall activities you love without worry!