This morning, I woke up with a cold. Sniffly, congested, scratchy, achy, stuffy, drowsy—a classic cold. And dammit, I was excited, because you know what it means? Fall is finally here, and I can leave my windows open for a breeze instead of paying out the wazoo to blast my A/C to make it feel that way. All the sweaters I pulled out of my storage a month ago can finally see the light of day, and the fall Trader Joe’s haul is more than a daydream. But this fall, what I’m not looking forward to is dry skin. Luckily I’m prepared and reaching for my hydrating beauty products a little bit earlier than usual.
Last year, my skin erupted in dry patches and irritation galore, ultimately wavering into dehydration territory. Even a facialist told me my skin was all out of sorts. It took months to get my skin back to a normal place, so this year, I’m putting in the extra prep work to hydrate my skin now to avoid getting to a place of no return when it’s perpetually 20 degrees. It’s crunch time, so here are the beauty products that are adding hella moisture to my skin:
Adding an oil to your routine is a no brainer if you want to deeply nourish and hydrate your skin, but Equilibria's Daily Treatment Oil takes it to a whole new level. This contains 500 mg of full-spectrum CBD, and I notice it reduces redness overnight and calms my skin when it flares up. I love using this with my gua sha for a really deep, relaxing facial massage. I wake up with soothed skin every time I use this before bed. Over time, the results have compounded, and I've noticed my skin is less reactive and sensitive since I first started using the product.
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If you're going to splurge on a cream, the Augustinus Bader is it. The who's-who of Hollywood swears by its ability to deeply moisturize and breathe life into skin. Our writer cut down her routine to just this and a cleanser, and her skin improved ten-fold.
But if this product is a bit out of reach right now, don't fret—these affordable options are almost as good.
Clocking in at about $100 in savings from the Augustinus Bader, this cream is a great option for those who want something more lightweight with lots of hydration power. Coined by the brand as a "Trojan horse for dry, damaged skin," this product combines anti-aging ingredients with major hydrators (like top-notch hyaluronic acid, shea butter, squalane, avocado oil, and argan oil, to name a few). If you'd prefer to have one product in your routine that does it all, opt for this—you'll notice a major result with half the products.
If you'd prefer a classic thick, heavy moisturizer this time of year, Skinceuticals is my pick (and many dermatologists' too). This is full of ceramides, fatty acids, and essential oils that plump skin and fight environmental and free-radical damage, making it ideal for someone who's looking to add anti-aging benefits without giving up their thick, occlusive moisturizer at bedtime.
Splurging on a cleanser is something I don't typically recommend, but if your'e going to do it, invest in a good cleansing balm.
Elemis' feels nourishing and soothing as you use it. Instead of feeling like residue, it just makes your skin feel so soft and smooth. Plus, it's so good at removing makeup that on your driest of days, you could forgo your second cleanse in favor of reaping the benefits of this all night instead.
Your body is arguably the area that needs the most attention this fall, especially after you just put it through the wringer on all your beach and pool days, leaving you dry and itchy. Save it with a thick, nourishing body butter like this one from Buttah. All in the name, this will make your skin feel the best it has ever felt, thanks to its single-ingredient, Virgin Organic Unrefined Shea Butter from Africa. It's a rich cream that makes your skin actually feel moisturized instead of just leaving an oily film. Trust us, your skin will thank you.
Anyone with dry skin knows the importance of exfoliating away all the dead skin that tends to build up, whether in the form of dry patches or dullness. But a good exfoliator doesn't come easy to dry skin—they can often be dehydrating and irritating. But we found a unicorn in Tata Harper's Exfoliating Cleanser. Using both BHA and a physical exfoliant, this helps reveal brighter, smoother skin after just a few uses. We also love the addition of various natural oils, like sunflower and olive oil, that leave your skin soft and supple after exfoliating.
Keeping your moisture barrier intact and strong is essential to voiding off the harsh effects of the best season of the year, and Dr. Jart's Ceramidin Liquid does it better than anything else. It's a light, moisturizing toner with a proprietary blend of five ceramides that not only hydrate from within but also strengthen your moisture barrier to keep it moisturized on its own. It's an easy extra layer of moisture in your routine, but it makes a massive difference.
Normally this time of year, I'd already be waking up with red, crusty eyes, thanks to my allergies. But I've been using this the past month, and my eyes are in tip-top shape. I consider this the "Goldilocks of eye creams" because it does everything you want, all in one product: moisturizes, soothes, plumps, brightens, and smoothens. It contains peptides—a powerhouse anti-aging ingredient—squalane, niacinamide, silk tree extract, and ceramides that all hydrate deeply to plump up lines and decrease the appearance of bags and dark circles.
This is the gold standard when it comes to hydrating serums, and if you were looking to add one extra hydration step to your routine, make it this. Immersion is a concentrated serum with a blend of vitamins C, B5, and E and beta-glucan to actually prevent moisture loss before it happens and boost moisture retention while it's at it. It'll help you get to that consistently moisturized state you're looking for.
The first thing to go every season is your lips. You know the first morning you wake up with chapped, crusty lips that fall is here, and unless you get a handle on it right then, you're pretty much stuck with dry lips until we see the blooms in the spring. Laneige's Lip Sleeping Mask stops dryness in its tracks. After one night of using this mask, your lips appear more hydrated and smooth. It gets rid of even the driest of lips in one night's rest. It's so hydrating, our editors even say they wake up with plump lips after using this.
Sunscreen can also align with your skincare goals, and if you're looking to get moisturized, Glowscreen will hydrate your skin every time you put it on. Supergoop! formulated this with hyaluronic acid, B5, and peptides to actually nourish your skin while protecting it from the sun and blue light. Plus, the glowy pearl finish doesn't cling to dryness and makes you look lit from within every time you wear it.
If you and eczema get reacquainted every fall, meet Like Butter. Made for dry, dehydrated, eczema-prone skin, this thick, viscous mask soothes and replenishes the skin during flare-ups. I use this once a week as an overnight treatment to reduce redness and encourage my eczema to play fairly with me, and I always bring it on flights and long car rides when I know my skin will act up. Since I started using the product a year ago, I can count on one hand the number of flare-ups I've had.
Tip: Don't hesitate to try this on your hands or anywhere else you get eczema in the fall and winter—it works all over!
While all of our moisturizing products can be used on the neck, the skin there is so thin and delicate that a dedicated product to address areas of concern, like tech neck, is recommended. Alastin's Restorative Neck Complex is a daily one-step treatment that addresses all of your major concerns—fine lines and wrinkles, crepey skin, and lack of moisture—thanks to their Tri-Hex Technology that stimulates production of both collagen and elastin to achieve smoother, firmer skin. It's a lightweight cream you can easily apply morning and night that works well with all the other products in your routine, so no pilling or harsh reactions expected.
Just Rih, giving us the products we didn't know we needed. This overnight hand mask is an upgrade from the days we used to slather our hands in Vaseline before bed, and its results are much favored. Say goodbye to chapped, dry, itchy hands, because this product—containing 40 percent glycerin, a humectant that locks in moisture and keeps your skin supple—will basically get rid of it all overnight.
A sheet mask won't completely change your skin in one use, but making it a habit and doing them consistently will. Especially when used in the morning as a serum step instead of as your last step at night, a sheet mask often is a targeted way to get really good ingredients in your skin. These three masks from KNC are packed with moisturizing ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, jasmine oil, aloe, almond oil, and more to soothe redness and irritation and moisturize dehydrated skin. If you're sick of putting makeup onto a dry, patchy base, try using a sheet mask beforehand and thank us later.
This post is sponsored by Equilibria, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.