I’m so in love with autumn that I never wait for the middle of September to update my skincare routine to the season of warm tones, gentle rain, endless wind, turtle necks and leaves, well everywhere. To me, autumnal skincare is all about matching the overall cosiness of the season and preparing the skin for the harsh, cold winter weather without opting for the ultra nourishing benefits just yet.


They shouldn’t replace the purifying or exfoliating ones, but rather come after them, to make sure the skin doesn’t tackle the cold, the wind and the rain already in a fragile state. I have a lot of them, but the one I’m enjoying the most at the moment is the La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask. As always with La Roche-Posay, it is a very simple cream which I prefer to use as an overnight mask: the silky light consistency is very suited to it as it beautifully pampers the skin without feeling too sticky or claustrophobic either. I love falling asleep with the La Roche-Posay scent -perfume, but last ingredient- and I love waking up to a beautiful skin, perfectly rested and oh so plump! It has also helped my makeup to become one with my skin, something much needed after a summer of tired skin and cakey makeup.


More something I want than something my skin desperately needs, but creamy consistencies go hand in hand with autumn for me. Again, it is all about offering comfort to the skin and not drying it out more than the weather already does. My favourite picks are the Darphin Cleansing Milky Emulsion with Verbena –review and the Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleansermore about it-. The first one is very light and soft on the skin, the second one, on the other hand, is thicker, very comforting and as hydrating as a cleanser can be. A little bit heavier than the summer one, the autumnal makeup will be completely removed with these two cleansers which I prefer deeply massaged into the skin, as second cleanses.


As soon as September arrives, I give up on my hydrating gels and lightweight moisturizers. I choose a proper night cream instead. It doesn’t have to sit on the heavy, thick and greasy side of things, but anything specifically designed to help the skin regenerate itself is happily welcomed into the fall routine. In autumn, the skin is more challenged and the nights a little bit longer than the summer ones, so it seems perfectly logical to me. The La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Nuit Intense Soothing Care is a lovely pick when the skin shows a little bit more sensitivity than usual, it comforts the skin without suffocating it -I know, again-. More energising and hydrating than soothing, the Guerlain Midnight Secret Late Night Recovery Treatment more about it– promises a beautiful skin come the next morning, no matter how short my night is. The secret with it, though, is to save it for special occasions as its impact on the skin tends to weaken when used too frequently.


  • Yiotou_La

    I usually change my routine in October when the weather changes and I use oils, sleeping masks and richer night creams to wake up with the softest skin in the morning!


  • i change my routine a little later, depending on the weather, and add balm cleansers instead of oils and moisturizers at night. Along with other bits and bobs, but these are the main changes.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • I might give balm cleansers a go next winter, I always say I don’t like them, but maybe I just haven’t found the right one for me!

      • Which ones have you tried?

        • Oh so many that I can’t remember all of them, but the last ones I’ve tried are the Clinique Take the day off and the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm (which is lovely, but nothing which make me want to purchase the full size)!

          • The Clinique one is my all time favorite. If you didn’t live that one, maybe you are really not into balms after all. Emma Hardie Moringa and The Body Shop Camomille Cleansing Balm come to mind as well, I recommend those to friends too, depending on whether they like scent or not.

          • Oh, I really want to try the Body Shop, thank you for reminded me of it!

  • I haven’t changed my routine just yet but will when I get back from holiday later in the month – oils will definitely be added. I must repurchase that Guerlain product – it’s years since I used it! xx


    • I need to start using oils, I don’t know why I always forget about them… I guess I’m not naturally drawn to them! I’m so impressed with this product, it doesn’t look like much, but I love how my skin looks every time I use it!

  • I will only change my routine during Winter when my skin is super dry. La Roche Posay Ultra Nuit is way too light weight for me except on very hot Summer night, I find the day cream is much richer which is so strange.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Yes, the night has almost a gel texture, that’s why I personally like it, but even though the original Toleriane feels richer, I feel like the night one is better at dealing with sensitivity, at least for me!

  • Jo Aguilera

    I’ve been needing some new skincare products, I’ll definitely have to try these out! XOXO

  • I’m going to have to switch up my skincare for fall/winter. My skin gets very dry and I would like to try and avoid dry patches. Great post!

  • Even though there are only 2 seasons in my country, I change my skin care routine based from it as well. These products sounds nice and I love La Roche Posey 🙂

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  • I usually go for creamy cleansers and hydrating creams during Autumn and Winter, but surprisingly this year my skin is oily instead of normal with dry patches. I’m trying some new stuff from Khiels and hope it helps. x

    Caterina |

    • Odd indeed, but Kiehl’s is a great brand so it should help you indeed 🙂