There are lots of awesome things about the fall season. Leaves changing, hot chocolate comes back into your daily diet, and sweaters, sweaters everywhere. But one thing that is not cool (or should we say is cool?) about fall is the season’s affect on your skin. Chilly temperatures, powerful winds, and the lack of moisture in the air will ultimately leave your skin dry, chapped, and unfortunately lackluster.

But alas, with these simple, foolproof (and under ten minutes) steps, your skin does not have to be as stiff and leathery as your new motorcycle jacket.

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Step 1: Prep your skin before you put any makeup or moisturizer on in the morning. A weekly exfoliator (or facial brush if you want something for everyday) will turn over dead skin cells so your skin does not look tired, even if you managed to get a full eight hours (lucky girl). Try Philosophy’s The Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash (8 oz. for $27 at philosophy.com) for a gentle, but still noticeable, exfoliating experience.

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Step 2: Moisturize! Even if your skin is oily, that doesn’t mean that it is hydrated. For a moisturizer that doesn’t make your skin produce excess oil, try Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, $26 for 4.2 oz. at clinique.com. If your skin is on the drier side (and your fear going outside will make your face crack in two), then Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing+ Lotion, $26, will provide a little extra hydration to your skincare routine.

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Step 3: Mix one part highlighter with your foundation/tinted moisturizer for a non-cakey, luminous glow in mere seconds. Make Up Forever’s Uplight Face Luminizer Gel, $29 at makeupforever.com, comes in eight skin-loving shades. For fall/winter, we suggest 11 Dewey Pink Beige for fair skin tones, 12 Dewey Golden Warm for medium skin tones, and 23 Pearly Golden Flesh for deep skin tones (Pro Tip: if you don’t plan on wearing foundation, tap highlighter onto cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and in the inner corners of your eye)

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Glowing, radiant skin doesn’t have to be just for celebrities on the red carpet. And with these three tips, you can have near-perfect skin 365 days a year.

 

 

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