As summer winds to a close, transitioning to fall is top of mind for many. But it’s not just your clothing that needs a makeover. Your beauty routine should also reflect the impending change of seasons. Whether it’s introducing a new beauty trend or simply giving your everyday routine a boost to prep for chillier temperatures, here’s what will be in my bag and medicine cabinet as summer winds to a close.
Every woman wants smooth and touchable skin, and after a summer of sun skin can often more closely resemble leather than silk. Reverse the damage with a mega-exfoliator that will remove dead and dry skin cells and unclog pores. Opt for something natural like the Brown Sugar Body Polish from Fresh, which will leave your skin glowing and scale-free.
After indulging in a serious manicure to get my hands boardroom ready, I’ll splurge on a new hue for my nails. If subtle is your style, opt for a nearly-nude hue like the ones spotted at Diane von Furstenberg’s fall show. Otherwise, channel your darker side with a gunmetal gray, like the ones seen at Vera Wang.
Sun, sea, chlorine and countless days spent with a flatiron to try to tame my mane have left my hair looking a little less than fabulous. Go above and beyond the usual shampoo and conditioner routine, opting instead for a hair mask to revitalize even the most tired tresses. My favorite? Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intense Fortifying Masque, which contains argan oil and other moisturizers to get your hair back in shape.
In the summer I tend to stick to lightweight fragrances, when I wear them at all, but in the fall I like something a little stronger that asserts my feminine side. Jo Malone’s Wild Bluebell Cologne strikes the right balance with its peppery clove, lily of the valley, and a base of warm white amber and musk.
The lightweight summer moisturizers I use in warm and humid months will not cut it as the weather grows colder and air grows dry. I’ll start prepping my skin now with an ultra-rich moisturizer I can slather on day and night. J.R. Watkins offers a great eco-friendly option with its Natural Coconut Milk & Honey Body Butter that contains shea and cocoa butters along with honey, a natural humectant.
I’ve become obsessed with the latest fall lipstick trend — a deep and elegant plum hue. I’ll wear it on date night with a natural eye and cheek. Sometimes less is more.
Stick with these tips and you'll ensure that the end of summer hits the right beauty note — and your transition to fall is flawless.
Lauren Padawer is a beauty expert and the founder of Alaska Glacial Mud Co., a line of spa-quality skincare created using mineral-rich mud found on the banks of the Copper River in Alaska. The idea for Alaska Glacial Mud Co. was born in the summer of 2001 during an extraordinary journey down the Copper River on a raft. Since that journey and every time a local resident mentioned that "somebody should bottle this stuff," Padawer realized she was the right woman in the right place at the right time. While the playful spa quality of the Copper River mud may have inspired Alaska Glacial Mud Co., it was the river and its inhabitants that gave voice to the importance of sustainability and activism in our company philosophy. In addition to being purveyors of the finest Alaska glacial mineral mud, we are also advocates for the Copper River Watershed through local philanthropy.