5 Autumn Skincare Products You Don't Need More Than $37 For
Traditional instructions on switching up your skincare for autumn go something like this, "the richer, the better." Over the years I've often received advice to ditch lighter formulas for buttery creams and thick masks, but you know what? I call BS. Because I never end up with the glowy, nourished complexion I'm promised, just a lot of congestion and a super-slick t-zone. (Cute!) To be clear, this isn't necessarily terrible guidance for everyone, but I don't think it shouldn't be a standard prescription. For me, and anyone else who merely gets dehydrated skin in autumn (not dry—which will lap up heavier products), it's less about swapping in richer formulas and more about focusing on smart ingredients. To that end, I've pulled together the ultimate autumn beauty checklist according to me. Think of it as the "use this, not that" edition of cool weather skincare. The best bit? Despite the effective- and luxe-ness of the formulas that follow, you won't find a thing over $37.
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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($13)
Use This: Hydrating Serum
Not That: Hydrating Mask
Hydrating masks are great but they're also a once-a-week deal. If your skin is crying out for daily TLC, use a hyaluronic acid and B5 serum to keep moisture levels up consistently. Note: If you generally swap to a heavier moisturiser in cooler climes but don't find it does much, this switch might do you good too.
Herbivore Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil Roller ($37)
Use This: Active Facial Oil
Not That: Rich Night Cream
Contrary to popular belief, rich moisturisers can cause congestion in skin types not suited to them, no matter the season. If you're sick of waking up to breakouts (with no glowiness to be seen), opt for a nourishing facial oil targeted towards combination types instead. This one contains anti-inflammatory azulene oil to help balance hydration and clarify, too.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse ($25)
Use This: Dry Body Oil
Not That: Body Butter
There can be something very "self care" about massaging in a handful of body butter, but removing said body butter from clothing and sheets is significantly less enjoyable. I recommend dry body oils for autumn as they offer the same level of nourishment but sink in a lot faster. Top Tip: Add a capful or two to your bath and it'll find its way to your skin—no need to rub it in.
Grown Alchemist Age-Repair Hand Cream ($35)
Use This: Anti-Ageing Hand Cream
Not That: Any Old Hand Cream
Think the best way to prevent chapped hands is endlessly layering on lotion? Nope. All you need to do to avoid sore bits, is select a formula enriched with active ingredients. This one is made with a cocktail of plant extracts shown to visibly reduce fine lines, increase collagen and keep skin smooth and supple.
3More Inches Lifesaver Leave-In Styling Treatment ($35)
Use This: Leave-In Styling Treatment
Not That: Hair Oil
If you've tried and failed to love hair oils (your scalp gets greasy and strands go limp), don't despair—it's not you. Even lighter oil-based formulas can weigh down fine hair, causing you to need shampoo twice as often. Fine to normal hair types should try a protein-infused leave-in styling treatment instead. A daily spritz repairs wind-zapped hair, and protects against frizz and colour-fade.