Our Favorite Fall & Winter Beauty Basics
Cleansers and Exfoliants: Gentle Face Cleansers
Bing Shopping: Gentle Face Cleansers
Chill winds and plunging temps already do a number on our skin in the fall and winter - don't add to the problem with harsh, moisture-stripping cleansers. Wash your face thoroughly yet gently with cream or foam-based cleansers, especially those formulated for sensitive skin.
Cleansers and Exfoliants: Alcohol-Free Toners
Bing Shopping: Alcohol-Free Toners
Skin-care products containing alcohol are notoriously irritating, and that's doubly true if you use them during the colder months. Most toners list alcohol as one of their first ingredients, so seek out those labeled "alcohol-free" to make sure this important step in your skin-care routine is helping, not harming.
Cleansers and Exfoliants: Gentle Makeup Removers
Bing Shopping: Gentle Makeup Removers
Most facial cleansers do a decent job removing makeup, but when you need the extra muscle of a makeup remover, don't go with just any brand. Look for "gentle" in the product name to help avoid irritating your eyes and the delicate skin around them.
Cleansers and Exfoliants: AHA and BHA Exfoliators
Bing Shopping: AHA and BHA Exfoliators
Exfoliation isn't just for acne-prone skin - we all look better when our complexion's rough outer layer is shed to reveal the fresh skin beneath. Avoid abrading scrubs and instead choose lotions or gels containing AHA or BHA exfoliants for a gentler, yet still effective, solution.
Serums and Treatments: Retinol Serums
Bing Shopping: Retinol Serums
Retinol is an anti-aging powerhouse that helps reduce the depth of fine lines and the appearance of sun damage and boosts your skin's collagen. Look for retinol serums in airtight containers, not jar packaging, to ensure the ingredients do not spoil and remain stabilized.
Serums and Treatments: Antioxidant Serums
Bing Shopping: Antioxidant Serums
Skin-care products packed with antioxidants make ideal partners for a routine that includes retinol. Antioxidants are skin-repairing ingredients that combat signs of aging and stress on skin. They're another category of ingredients that deteriorate when exposed to air, so choose tubes or airtight bottles over jars.
Serums and Treatments: Hydrating Masks
Bing Shopping: Hydrating Masks
Who wouldn't like to take a half-hour break, lay back and luxuriate? Do just that, and improve your complexion while you're at it, with a soothing, moisture-infusing facial mask made to pamper skin battered by all the stress fall and winter weather can throw at it.
Serums and Treatments: Redness Reducers
Bing Shopping: Redness Reducers
The just-in-from-outside rosy-cheeked look is gorgeous, but if biting winds have left you looking more like you suffered serious sunburn, or if you're one of the many who have rosacea, you'll love the calming and camouflaging powers of a product made to rid the red.
Moisturizers: Daytime Moisturizers with Sunscreen
Bing Shopping: Daytime Moisturizers with Sunscreen
Daytime moisturizers are especially important when the humidity is as low as the average temperature. But just because summer's gone doesn't mean you can skimp on the sunscreen - it's an absolute must no matter if skies are clear or cloudy. Streamline your morning routine with products that cover two needs at once.
Moisturizers: Nighttime Intensive Moisturizers
Bing Shopping: Nighttime Intensive Moisturizers
Nighttime's the right time to go to work - repairing your skin, that is. Utilize your downtime with pampering creams and lotions that'll replenish lost moisture, repair daytime damage and de-stress your skin. Overnight is also the preferred time for heavier formulas that might be too greasy for day.