It’s a crisp new season and as we start donning heavier knits, the benefits we require from our beauty products begin to shift. Autumnal offerings are all about creamy textures (it’s masking season, after all), seasonal essences, and spiced flavors. When it comes ingredients, fall brings to mind those that come straight from nature; like olive oil, oats and cranberry. Fresh, citrusy notes also find their way into body creams and perfumes, helping to round out warmer notes, creating depth and capturing the freshness of a fall breeze.
When it comes to skincare, everything in our autumnal regimen — from creams to serums –becomes a bit more substantive, helping to protect sensitive skin and hair from the elements. In addition to thicker skin care textures, lightweight oils are also seasonal favorites, not just because they can be used for aromatherapy benefits, but also because adding a few drops of oil to your lotion can help you stay fragrantly prepped for drier air outside. A little organic coconut or turmeric essential oil can go a long way in terms of caring for cuticles, scalp and dry patches.
So grab your pumpkin spice latte (no judgement here), and embrace the flavorings of this cooler season. Here, five of our favorite fall beauty ingredients.
This nutritive elixir can be used on a lot more than your salad. Known as the first homemade beauty ingredient, olive oil (which Homer referred to as ‘liquid gold’) was historically used as a cure-all, and according to Hippocrates, could remedy 60 ailments. Try out the extract’s restorative powers for yourself with Clove + Hallow Lip Glaze. Starring olive oil, jojoba oil and shea butter, this creamy lip color is both pretty and good for your skin. For those looking to infuse olive oil into their hair care regimen (thanks to its strand-taming properties), check out Ouidad’s Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream, which keeps frizz at bay with an autumnal blend of meadowfoam seed, olive, and soybean. Also featuring a protein derived from silk, the formula helps seals the cuticle to lock in moisture and protect against damage from environmental aggressors. We love Ouidad and you should too!
Although citrus may remind you of summer days; the clean, zesty profile of these uplifting fruits is also a prolific one in cooler seasons. Typically blended with musky bottom notes, citrus perfectly complements warm fall profiles, leaving the wearer feeling both soft and bold. Proving that warmer scents don’t have to be heavy, Rituals Shower Foam in Happy Buddha combines the freshness of orange with the warmth of cedar wood. The lightweight gel, which transforms into a creamy moisturizing foam, is blended with natural essential oils for a fragrant, and happiness-imparting, showering experience. And speaking of a fall-appropriate citrus, further proving this season is a perfect time for some citrus, Diptyque’s new Fall 2017 Vetyverio Eau de Toilette, is an unforgettable amalgam of warm woods, fresh vetiver and grapefruit. The scent was dubbed “utterly addictive” by Vogue UK’s beauty editor.
We found our favorite fall skincare formula and it’s chock full of good-for-you ingredients that incidentally sound perfect for a nice fall breakfast; like non-fat milk powder, and finely-milled whole grain oats. LUÉ by Jean Seo ERASE also includes a touch of magnesium carbonate, for a perfectly pH balanced face scrub that clears a clogged complexion, balances skin, and leaves it feeling smooth and fresh. For its part, Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo and Conditioner, which contains wheat protein in addition to soybean oil, is designed to leave hair squeaky clean, yet soft and manageable. Another grain-filled beauty offering is Lancôme Paris Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream, which was formulated with rye seed extract alongside hyaluronic acid for skin-plumping results.
A delicious side dish indeed, cranberry and other berries make for equally delicious beauty ingredients. Take, for one, the Grown Alchemist Deep Cleansing Masque: Wheatgerm, Ginkgo & Cranberry, which features cranberry seed extract to defend skin from free radical damage, white clay and wheat germ to visibly reduce pore size. Another berry-infused offering is one of the scent variety, as Jafra Paris et Moi de Toilette combines Mara strawberries, rose petal macaron and silky woods for an artful riff of femininity. Meant to inspire the wearer straight to the Champs de’Lyse, we love how this feels at once bold and subdued.
Pumpkin may not seem it, but the humble orange gourd is a low-key skincare hero. Going beyond the front stoop and into your skin care, you can find essences from the seasonal fruit in products like Murad Transforming Powder, which contains pumpkin seed extract and complexion-clearing bio-enzymes. If you are looking for a relaxing face masking experience,the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is as much a stress-reducing treatment, as much as a professional-strength peel. Formulated with actual pumpkin puree and enzymes, this fragrant treatment promises to bring to mind images of pumpkin carving. Also at work in the formula are natural pumpkin extracts, which help dissolve bacteria, and leave skin feeling fresh and clean. Happy fall, loves!