As we transition from summer into fall, so should our skincare routine. Just like how you might tweak your wardrobe to keeep up with the seasons, you should also re-evaluate your skincare routine at the end of each season to make sure that each product is still meeting your needs. I’ve been trying out different products to curate my fall routine. You’ll see some familar products that I kept from summer into fall, and a couple of new additions.

The Morning Routine

My morning skincare routine does not consist of as many steps because I don’t double cleanse in the morning. I start with Shiseido’s White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam, then use La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water to freshen up.


Morning Moisturizer

In the morning, I’ve been using Kiko Milano’s newly re-launched Hydra Pro Matte. It’s a light consistency moisturizer that mattifies and is suitable for normal to combination skin. Fall’s skincare is less about the dewy glow and more about the matte finish that goes so well with berry lip colors. It’s a more sophisticated look and this lightweight moisturizer absorbs quickly and provides a great canvas for primers and foundations. Kiko Milano Hydra Pro Matte 1.75 fl. oz. for $29.00

The Nightly Routine

My nighttime routine is a lot more involved as I need to cleanse and apply my serums and moisturizers.

Double Cleanse – Phase 1: Beautycounter Nourishing Cleansing Balm

I’ve raved about this cleansing balm before, and it continues to be a staple in my updated Fall skincare routine. The good news? Beautycounter is now available at Target, so you can now pick up a smaller sized one without breaking the bank (too much). The full sized one sold through consultants and the Beautycounter website is $80 for 2.75 oz. For $30 you can now pick up a 1.3 oz Cleansing Balm in stores at Target!  The brand’s mission is to get safer beauty products in the hands of everyone. I’m on board with that. For those of you with sensitive/intolerant skin, I highly recommend you give Beautycounter a try. You should hurry, because it’s only available for a limited time. Beautycounter for Target Cleansing Balm 1.3 oz for $30

Cleanse – Phase 2: Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam

For the second cleansing phase, I’m using Shiseido’s White Lucent line, which I picked up in Asia last winter. There’s always a special at Duty Free, and in this case, the cleanser came in a two-pack at a very attractive price, as well as tax-free. I finished the last tube in Spring, so I’ll be using the other one this Fall. It’s a nice cleanser that lathers up very well and helps with brightening the complexion. Shiseido White Lucent Cleansing Foam 4.7 oz for $35 at

Tone – Three Balancing Lotion

Three Skincare that I previously reviewed here in this post in great detail and continues to be a favorite of mine, so I am carrying their balancing lotion into fall. Toners help to remove any residue and impurities that may have gotten left behind after cleansing and this one leaves my skin extra refreshed and ready for my next steps.

Essence- May Coop Raw Sauce

I’ve been meaning to try May Coop Raw Sauce, which is an essence, for a while now, and finally picked up the mini size at Sephora recently. It’s an essence, which means it’s a little thicker than a toner. Think of it as a cushy liquid. The role of essences is to prepare your skin to receive serums, which follow immediately after essences. It’s a relatively newer concept that followed the K-Beauty trend, and I’ve only started to incorporate it into my routine recently, so my verdict is not out yet. Keep you posted after I’ve used for longer time period. May Coop Raw Sauce 1.43 oz for $14/5.07 oz for $43


Serum – Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Supreme

Those of us in our 30’s need to start adding an anti-aging serum into our regular routine. This is to protect skin against fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. A serum is a more concentrated formula and has very specific benefits. This best-selling serum from Vichy is a new and improved formula that now has Hyaluronic Acid for extra boost of moisture and addresses multiple signs of aging.  Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Supreme 1.01 fl. oz. for $45

Moisturizer – Avene Rich Compensating Cream

I’ve kept this moisturizer in my rotation for a while now because it’s so good. Usually a rich cream is saved for colder weather, but the air and weather in LA is dry pretty much year round so I keep it in my routine. Avene is a great brand for people with sensitive skin and you can read more about this cream in this post. Avene Rich Compensating Cream 1.69 fl. oz. for $35

Lip Balm – Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

I usually use Aquaphor, but recently discovered Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask and have been using this before bedtime and in the morning. It’s super hydrating and infused with agave nectar, jojoba oil, and vanilla. When I apply this in the morning, I usually just do it in the car and by the time I get to work they feel nice and soft. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Champagne 0.52 oz for $26



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