For autumn, it might be a good idea to change a few things in your personal-care routine. The skin-care products you used during spring and summer may not offer enough hydration in colder temperatures, bright makeup colors may not sit as well against your complexion as they did when you had a tan, and hands and lips may get quite dry and chapped. Here are three products that I consider must-haves for the season.
1. A moisturizing, multi-purpose balm.
During fall, a waterless balm can be your skin’s best friend. Multi-tasking balms contain ingredients that condition the skin (emollients) by providing moisture and ingredients that protect the skin (humectants) by locking in the moisture. Some balms also contain healing ingredients, like anti-inflammatory calendula, which soothes irritated skin and helps with repairing chapped skin. They also don’t contain any harsh preservatives.
Balm formulas are usually concentrated since they’re free of water, so a little amount goes a long way. You can apply them on your lips, hands (mainly at night, as they tend to be a little greasy), cuticles, and dry patches on your face or body. Balms are particularly useful if you develop irritation around your nose due to a cold.
A few of these balms are:
Suvana Paw Paw and Honey Balm. This balm contains paw paw extract, which is known for its healing properties.
Waxelene. This budget-friendly balm is like a natural version of common petroleum jelly, but it is made with no synthetic ingredients. It contains only four ingredients, but it works like a charm.
RMS Beauty Lip and Skin Balm. With coconut oil, organic waxes and butters, it’s a highly concentrated balm that comes in a glass jar and smells rather yummy.
MJ’s Herbals Calendula Salve. It’s especially great for soothing irritated and inflamed skin. The main ingredient, calendula, has healing and soothing properties.
2. A red lipstick to brighten your face.
When fall comes around and you tend to spend more time indoors, your complexion can start to look a little dull and grayish. A red-toned lipstick can really brighten your face, and depending on your natural skin tone and your level of comfort with color, you may choose from different options.
If you’re not comfortable with wearing a bright red lipstick, you can try a sheer red lipstick or opt for a lip gloss with a hint of color. You may want to try:
Acure Organics Lip Lush in the shade No Strings. This is a budget-friendly option.
On the other hand, if you are completely comfortable sporting a rich, opaque red color on your lips, you can try:
All of these cruelty-free lip products listed are made with a high percentage of organic ingredients, non-synthetic waxes, and moisturizing plant oils to help your lips stay soft while you get a little glammed-up.
3. A non-sticky/non-greasy hand cream.
It’s important to protect your hands during the day, especially if you spend time outdoors where your hands are exposed to the elements. However, some hand creams leave an uncomfortable sticky/greasy residue, particularly inconvenient if you need to use a computer, as your fingers can leave oily residue all over your keyboard.
A few non-greasy hand creams that I’ve tried and found to be effective are (in order of price from low to high):
Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream. This cream is available at Whole Foods market and other health food stores.
What are some of your must-have beauty products for fall?
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