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September 4, 2018

Make These 3 Easy Swaps For Your Summer to Fall Skincare Transition

It may still be hot out, but we can dream of pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters, can’t we? Even if those autumn delights are still a long way off, it’s not too early to start thinking about prepping our skin for the colder, drier months. Here, how to make that summer to fall skincare transition in your routine in three easy steps.


I’m ready to fall face-first into fall. I understand that I complain about the weather every chance I get, but I’m going to claim that as my right while it’s still over 100 degrees on a daily basis. The moment I smell September approaching, I scream at everyone how we’re having “unseasonably warm fall weather” and stomp around in my boots, inhaling pumpkin spice goods, to summon the deities of apple pies and cardigan weather.


The other thing that really gives me the warm and fuzzies when the seasons change is updating my skincare routine. I’ve found that my skin is very responsive to the weather and environment that I’m in. Does anyone else have the same experience?


summer to fall skincare


Just as a basic rundown, my skin is oily-combo and definitely on the congestion-prone side of the spectrum; it also gets dehydrated very easily. I’m side-eyeing all of you out there with normal skin and small pores. Curse you (read: I’m very jealous). During the summer, my skin gets overactive in terms of oil production, and keeping clogged pores at bay is an all-out war. Heading into fall and winter, my skin balances out a bit (my T-zone still remains beaming lol) but with humidity below 20% most of the time, I start getting a “shiny on the surface dry underneath” aesthetic going on. It’s as attractive and comfortable as it sounds.


So here are three shifts I like to make for my summer to fall skincare transition to help keep my skin happy and healthy so I don’t feel as dry and crusty as the falling leaves for all the photos that are inevitable during holiday season.


summer to fall skincare transition


Swapping out gel cleansers for milky cleansers


I don’t think I need to really say much about the COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser because it’s such a staple in the current K-beauty landscape; I find it a perfect morning cleanser regardless of the season. But I always wanted to get a more milky first cleanse during the fall and winter — I just couldn’t find one that rinsed clean enough for me to be comfortable with. I never have been into cleansers that leave any kind of residue behind because it feels like a one-way ticket to Clogged Pore City. I spent all of my teens and early 20s there, I have all the merch, I do not want to revisit it.


summer to fall skincare


That’s why the COSRX Low pH Cleansing Milk Gel is absolutely perfect for that elusive morning milky cleanser I’ve been searching for and feels like it’ll be yet another COSRX staple in my skincare wardrobe. Even better, it’s a part of the newest addition to Beautytap, BeautytapASAP! @Jude Chao had asked for some input from all of you lovelies reading out there for products you’d love to have expedited shipping on; we listened to what you had to say and created this awesome program! Free 3-5 day shipping within the U.S. No minimum purchase. No membership. Your favorite products. Does it get any better?


Switching from gel to lotion textures


When the temperatures drop, I find myself reaching for toners and moisturizers that lean more toward the lotion-y side of the spectrum. I don’t find that I need a true “moisturizer” for the mornings, and I had a bit of a love affair with Klairs Supple Preparation Toner during the sunny months, but something like the SanDaWha Liposome Skin Softener or the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Emulsion that Jude gave a glowing review of is more my speed when the heat finally breaks. @Mirando Rico featured the former in a highlight on our Instagram (you really should be following us there; it’s gotten a big update in the last few months), and it really is a dream to use for all skin types. I still stick with watery toners for my nightly layers that I pat in, but for daytime use, my skin appreciates the switch-up.



Speaking of Jude, our resident Snail Goddess sang the praises of the seaNtree Donkey Milk Water Drop Cream on her Instagram. I wish I had nabbed it because it sounds like a dream for hot summer days and (unfortunately for me) equally-hot summer nights.


summer to fall skincare


Just like my last step during the mornings, my evening step also gets swapped out for something still light but a little richer. The Swanicoco Extra Hydrating Swan Cream was also featured in a recent Instagram post, and I’d highly recommend checking that or the Dr.Gloderm TABRX Moisture Cream out for the perfect ending to a fall routine.


Trading out purifying masks for nourishing masks


Using the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask almost is a right of passage when it comes to Korean skincare; everyone has tried it or knows someone who has had that little brown jar in their stash at some point. It’s definitely an award winner for good reason, and it’s absolutely the kind of product I reach for when I feel like oils are filling up my pores like a canoe with a hole punched through it.


summer to fall skincare


When the heat calms down, though, I like to grab something a little bit more on the nourishing and hydrating side for my twice-weekly masking sessions. SanDaWha is coming through again with the perfect choice: the Camellia Flower Antioxidant Cream Mask. Despite the name, the mask is actually more of a gel texture than a cream, which works out beautifully for my combo skin. Plus, all the flower bits suspended in the gel makes me remember the days I used to live in areas where leaves actually turned brown and fell off trees when I shook the branches. I’ve got cactuses to keep me company now and you cannot shake them. Well, not without hurting yourself. Sigh.



The big idea I want to communicate here is that your skin is always changing, and weather definitely has an impact. It can take some time, but learning how your skin behaves in different environments and various times of the year makes it so much easier to tackle any issues or concerns that may pop up. One of the most rewarding things that has spawned from my beauty obsession is how in tune I feel with my skin and body; I’m rolling my eyes as I’m writing this because it sounds so hippie-dippy, but it really does feel grounding and very fulfilling.


How is the weather changing where you guys are? Anyone else planning their summer to fall skincare transition for the coming season? Sound off below — if you need a little guidance, we’re here to help! 🙂



Born in Korea and raised in Washington, Leo is another 20-something member of the K-Beauty Squad that is as committed to his love of skincare as he is to wine and cheese covered snack foods. After working as an educator and trainer in the beauty industry, he joined the team at Beautytap to continue sharing his knowledge and passion for skincare and all things chok-chok. During his free time, he’s been spotted in the wild bingeing Netflix shows, blasting K-pop while playing video games, or (much more rarely) leaving his hovel to venture forth in search of cocktails and Korean BBQ.




I find summer so much harder to manage than other seasons. The skincare routine that works for the sun, heat, and humidity doesn’t work for the arid office AC 😔


Yes!!! I'm always sweaty while getting ready and leaving the house, then start to get dehydrated at the office... I try to use mists throughout the day but sometimes I'm so busy I forget to eat or drink, let alone do skincare!

Great recommendations! I can totally relate to this and am SO looking forward to switching up my routine for fall. In good news, I have a lot of these products in my stash just waiting for colder weather so this article made me even more excited to test them out!


'The moment I smell September approaching, I scream at everyone how we’re having “unseasonably warm fall weather” and stomp around in my boots.' SAME. Also that's the perfect image. I should draw a comic.

I still suck at changing my skincare for the seasons. I'm trying to change that this year though! Currently I'm using the cosrx aloe cream which is super duper watery-light, and I'm aiming to finish it up when the weather starts to cool down so I can dip into the seantree donkey milk cream.

I'm still incredibly wary of richer products during the colder months since... Read more


That\'s my favorite line in the article, too. I laughed out loud when I first read it. leolouie has such a way with words. (And yes, I\'d love to see a comic of that — post it here so we can see!)

Since in SoCal it doesn\'t start cooling down till like December, I just keep my hydration levels up year-round and add richer serums and creams at night. I\'m starting to add Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil to my nighttime routine as well, to take baby steps into adding an oil with my night cream.