The changing of seasons shouldn’t just signal a switch in your wardrobe — it’s also the time to make a few tweaks to your skin-care routine. Namely, when the muggy, hot temperatures of summer start to give way to crisp and chilly fall air, your skin (and by that, we mean everyone’s skin) can use some extra TLC.
Why? Not only does dry skin feel uncomfortable, but if left unaddressed for too long, it can lead to issues like irritation, redness, flakiness, and even a compromised skin barrier. This is precisely why the best fall season skin-care tip, regardless of your skin type, is to replenish what gets lost when summer turns to fall.
“[With] cooler temperatures and less humidity, it’s important to adjust your skin-care routine to incorporate more hydrating and moisturizing ingredients,” NYC-based dermatologist Marisa Garshick, M.D., advises. “Adding moisture back into the skin helps to strengthen the skin barrier,” retaining moisture and fending off external irritants. In other words, it’s your complexion’s first line of both defense and offense, so keeping it hydrated and intact is paramount to overall skin health.
To do so when the weather changes, you’ll want to incorporate a quality facial moisturizer. According to Allure editors, there are a few top-notch topicals to seek out. Buzzy ingredients such as brightening vitamin C, hydrating niacinamide, and smoothing retinoids (a vitamin A derivative) are well-known for a reason; they’ve earned their skin-boosting reputations because they really work.
Here, four Allure editors — each with a different skin type — put an assortment of Olay’s newest and most beloved facial moisturizers to the test, incorporating them into their fall skin-care routine. Keep reading to learn more about how each product (spoiler alert!) truly lived up to the hype.
A potent antioxidant that boasts free-radical-fighting and skin-brightening benefits, vitamin C is one of my all-time favorite skin-care ingredients. So, when Olay’s new Vitamin C Facial Moisturizer (available exclusively at Target) landed on my desk, naturally I was eager to test it out.
By now, we’ve all heard about vitamin C, but this topical has proven to be much more than just a buzzword — it’s an ingredient that comes highly recommended, time and time again, by top dermatologists. This is due in large part to its antioxidant properties, which are said to help ward off dullness and brighten the complexion.