It’s officially cozy season. My sweaters and scarves are in rotation, my scented candles are lit, and my home has taken on a more hygge vibe (pronounced “hoo-gah,” as I recently learned). But feeling truly cozy takes more than making soups and setting out blankets. Autumn may be a more mellow time, but coming down from the high of summer often leaves me with a case of the fall blues. To give me something to look forward to on chilly fall nights, I lean into my autumn skin care routine.

For me, skin care is self-care. Crafting a skin care routine isn’t just about getting clearer skin. It’s meditative. Sitting down to do a full skin care routine is time I don’t feel guilty about dedicating to myself. With so many distractions in our day, it can be easy to neglect our needs. And when responsibilities and social plans pile up, self-care can start to feel superfluous.

Image above from our interview with Stella Simone

Image by Michelle Nash

So, as the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, I try to be intentional about having one night a week where I do the absolute most with my nighttime skincare routine. I take a bath, I actually use all the luxe body products I would otherwise “save” for a special occasion, and I enjoy a guilt-free, cozy night in.

How To Create a Cozy Autumn Skin Care Routine

To create a cozy nighttime routine, don’t be afraid to pull out all the stops. Set the mood with some candles. Put on your favorite playlist or pregame with a fall movie, then lean into at-home luxury. Your routine doesn’t have to be expensive to feel special. An extensive body and autumn skin care routine will make you feel refreshed at any price point.

Consider how you want to feel as you climb into bed. I love the warm feeling I get after submerging in a hot bath until I wrinkle. And I love the silky feeling of my skin after I do a body scrub. Be sure to add rituals that make you feel your best in your body.

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A Rejuvenating Autumn Skin Care Routine: Your Ultimate Guide

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Take a Bath

There are few more genuine pleasures than a hot bath. Sure, a shower is energizing and convenient. But nothing heals the soul like a hot bath. Read a book. Listen to a podcast. Sip on a glass of wine—it’s your time. Take your soak up a notch with these calming bath salts and nourishing bath oils.

Reed+Gwen Snoozy Bath Soak with Magnesium Flakes

These lavender and rosewood-scented bath flakes are the perfect primer for a good night’s sleep. Soothe away your aches and pains with magnesium while the aromatherapeutic lavender oils help you wind down.


Costa Brazil Bath Salts

My favorite spa in NYC uses all Costa Brazil products, so I naturally had to treat myself to these bath salts. This unique blend of Epsom salts, detoxifying clay, and vitamin C-infused camu camu creates a spa-like experience to perfectly reset my week.


Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Exfoliate!

When colder weather comes around, so does dry skin. Exfoliating sloughs off all the flaky fall skin, but it’s also a satisfying way to feel refreshed and rejuvenated at the end of your nighttime skin care routine. What’s better than going to bed feeling silky smooth?

Sunday Riley Charcoal Smoothie Jelly Body Scrub

Sunday Riley’s cult-favorite products are as good for the body as they are for your face. This detoxifying body scrub is a satisfying physical exfoliator with a jelly consistency.


Prana Ionic Body Brush

A dry brush might feel like a hassle, but hear me out. This ionic body brush uses anti-aging copper fibers to stimulate collagen production for the ultimate physical exfoliation experience.


Use Aromatherapeutic Oils

Aromatherapy is an effective way to decrease stress and get better sleep. And it’s not as elusive as you might think. Incorporate these aromatherapeutic oils into your autumn skin care routine to nourish your body and reset your mind.

Klur Elements of Comfort Body Oil

This aromatherapeutic botanical oil nourishes, firms, and replenishes skin. The floral and earthy scent helps ground and comfort you while deeply hydrating your skin.


Whistling Thorn Every Day Oil

This aromatherapeutic oil works on your body and face to help you reset. Formulated for city dwellers, it has antioxidant properties to protect against environmental stressors, while the aromatherapeutic elements address emotional stress.


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Repair Summer-Damaged Skin With a Body Serum

I’m loyal to body oils, but body serums are becoming more and more tempting. A good body serum penetrates deep into your skin to hydrate, treat, and promote overall skin health. Add these ultra-rich serums to your nighttime routine to work on your skin all night.

Protéger Dermal Sérum

Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid work wonders for your face. Why not harness their transformative powers for your body with this dermal serum?


Iota Superplant Body Serum

This lightweight serum feeds your skin’s microbiome with niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides. The quick-dry formula makes your skin instantly smooth to the touch.


Moisturize With Body Butters

Serums and oils do well to feed my skin, but body butters feel like a luxurious treat. Choose one with a sumptuous scent to lock in all that hard-earned moisture and send you off to bed with a sweet scent.

Beaneath Your Mask Whipped Skin Souffle

This cloud-like body butter is rich without being heavy. It’s suitable for eczema or sensitive skin, locking in hydration and soothing with lavender and tea tree oils.


Superzero Ceramide Body Balm Bar in RELAX

Visibly brighten and tighten your skin with ceramides, antioxidants, vitamins, relaxing lavender, and chamomile.


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Try CBD Products

Add an extra relaxing kick to your nighttime routine by incorporating CBD products to usher in a night of deeper, more restorative sleep. I like using CBD body oils for full-body comfort. They soothe any muscle aches and have an aromatherapeutic effect. These are my favorite oils to incorporate into my autumn skin care routine.

Bawdy Extra Firm Oil

A little goes a long way with this CBD body oil. Improve skin tone with Marula Oil, then relax with CBD and frankincense to play on your touch, feel, and smell senses.


Prismatic Plants Melt

Relieve aches and promote better sleep with this tension serum to rejuvenate skin and relieve muscle strain. Hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, rosehip seed oil, CBD, CBG, arnica, St. John’s Wort, and capsicum all work wonders on TMJ points or on the shoulder and neck with gua sha.


Finish with a Face Mask

A night of self-care would be nothing without a face mask. While I love a detoxing or exfoliating mask, my self-care nights are for replenishing. These face masks are soothing enough to fit the bill.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

This mask calms and rejuvenates skin, creating an instant, stress-relieving balm. It’s my go-to for tired, rough skin.


Evolve Organic Beauty Bio-Retinol Gold Mask

Give your skin a glowy boost in just five minutes. This face mask is formulated with a sustainable bio-retinol to smooth skin, stimulate collagen, promote cellular renewal, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.


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