15 Autumn Skincare Secrets for Perfect Seasonal Skincare

As the seasons change, discover the autumn skincare secrets that will help your skin to flourish throughout the colder months.

Darlings, autumn has arrived! I love the crisp mornings and ambery colours that autumn brings, but as sweater weather settles in, there are some changes you may need to make to your skincare routine. Discover my autumn skincare secrets and ensure your skin receives everything it needs to maintain its nourished, hydrated glow.

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How Does Autumn Affect Your Skin?

Autumn usually signals the start of cooler temperatures and harsh weather conditions which can cause skin to become dry and dehydrated. Throughout the summer, your skin becomes accustomed to warmer temperatures and higher humidity, so the onset of strong winds and cold temperatures during the autumn can be a shock. Cold air saps the moisture from your skin which can cause dryness, chapping and flaking, and thanks to the lower humidity levels during autumn, there is less moisture in the air to absorb back into the skin which can lead to skin dehydration.

What Does Your Skin Need In Autumn?

As autumnal weather conditions can cause skin to become dry and dehydrated, it’s important to reach for intensely hydrating skincare products that help to rehydrate skin and offer protection from the elements. Whether your skin is a dry, oily, normal or combination skin type, everyone can experience skin dehydration – especially during autumn. You may find that richer, more nourishing formulas work well for your skin during this time of year, as well as layering multiple hydrating products to give skin a greater depth of moisture.

15 Autumn Skincare Tips for your Seasonal Skincare Routine

Darlings, follow these 15 autumn skincare tips to make sure your autumn skincare routine is primed to hydrate and nourish your skin before cold autumn days, and revive and rehydrate the complexion overnight.

  1. Model applying Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial to the hand

    1. Exfoliate Regularly for Smoother-Looking Skin

    Autumn weather can result in skin becoming dry, and a symptom of this is flaking and chapping on the face. One way to help skin look smoother is to regularly use an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells from the face. Exfoliating helps to gently resurface the skin on your face, leaving you looking fresh-faced with supple, smoother looking skin. I recommend exfoliating once or twice a week with Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial and applying Glow Toner on the days in between for gentle, acid-free exfoliation.

    Tilbury Tip: After using Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial, always apply a hydrating serum like Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir and a broad-spectrum sunscreen like Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer SPF50.

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  2. Resealable packaging for Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask

    2. Make Time for Face Masks

    Masking is a brilliant way to give your complexion a magical moisture boost. Whenever time permits - whether that’s early in the morning or at the end of a chilly autumn day - luxuriate with a face mask of your choice to hydrate your complexion. Sheet masks like Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask are a magical 10-minute moisture fix, and clay masks like Goddess Skin Clay Mask have a beautiful, brightening effect while helping to refine the appearance of pores. Choose your masking match and take a short while to indulge in some skincare self-care this autumn.

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  3. Charlotte's autumn skincare products including moisturisers, toners and face mists

    3. Layer Hydrating Skincare Formulas

    Autumn skincare is all about hydration, darlings. During colder months, I suggest layering deeply hydrating skincare formulas to flood your skin with the hydration that it may be lacking. I’ve created each of my supercharged skincare formulas to expertly layer with one another to give every skin type deep, lasting hydration. Applying your skincare products in the correct order is the most effective way to hydrate your skin this autumn, starting with a gentle, non-stripping cleanser and finishing with my magic moisturisers, Charlotte’s Magic Cream and Charlotte’s Magic Water Cream.

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  4. Anu applying Cryo-Recovery Eye Serum to energise the eye area

    4. Energise the Eye Area with Eye Serum

    In autumn, daylight hours become shorter and we start waking up to dark, dreary mornings; this can feel demotivating, can affect our sleep, and can make us look more tired. Reaching for an eye serum is an effective way to energise the eye area and helps to wake up the look of tired eyes. A cryotherapy-inspired formula like my caffeine-infused Cryo-Recovery Eye Serum is perfect for giving the eye area an instant refresh. The sensorial metal tip feels cooling to apply and helps to stimulate around the eyes by gliding effortlessly along the contours of the eye socket.

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  5. Hand model holding Charlotte's Magic Cream and Charlotte's Magic Water Cream

    5. Listen to your Skin’s Moisture Needs

    When moisturising your skin, it’s important to consider its needs: are you dry, or dehydrated today, darling? If your skin feels dry and rough, reach for a cream moisturiser to help nourish the skin and smooth the look of dry patches; and if your skin feels dehydrated and tight, reach for a lightweight gel moisturiser to drench and revive the look of your complexion. Your skin’s needs can vary from day to day and hour to hour – especially when adjusting to autumnal conditions – so be sure to choose the right moisturiser for your current skin wish!

    How hydrated is your skin, darling? Find out with my AI beauty-tech* tool

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  6. Multiple bottles of Charlotte's Magic Serum Crystal Elixir in water

    6. Reach for a Deeply Hydrating Face Serum

    Applying a face serum that’s infused with powerhouse hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, polyglutamic acid and glycerin is a perfect way to give your skin an extra dose of hydration. Your serum should be applied after toner or exfoliator and before moisturiser to provide targeted hydration that layers beautifully with your chosen moisturiser. I always recommend applying Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir to give the skin a miraculous magic boost; it’s a water-based formula enriched with superpowered humectant polyglutamic acid that’s perfect for flooding skin with youth-boosting moisture.

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  7. Charlotte's Invisible UV Flawless Poreless SPF Primer with texture swatch

    7. Continue Applying a Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

    Sunscreen isn’t just for the summer, darlings! It’s important to protect your skin from UV rays at all times of year – even during the autumn and winter – by applying a high-factor sunscreen like Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer SPF50. The sun can harm your skin on the cloudiest days and even while you are indoors, so always apply sunscreen to help shield your face, ears and neck from sun damage.

    Tilbury Tip: Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer SPF50 is a triple-action formula that moisturises the skin, helps to provide sun protection and primes the face for a flawless makeup application.

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  8. Texture swatches of Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil and Magic Night Cream

    8. Massage the Face using a Face Oil

    Morning or evening, indulge in a spa-like facial massage using a facial oil infused with relaxing essential oils. A facial massage helps to stimulate skin that feels tight and can relieve tension in the face. Adding essential oils to your facial massage gives it a sensorial, spa-like quality that helps it to feel even more soothing. A couple of drops of my Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil helps to nourish and moisturise the skin while giving it a gorgeous, radiant glow and filling the air with the scent of gentle, calming aromas including lavender, rose and neroli.

    Tilbury Tip: Always use upward motions when massaging your face to create a youth-boosting, lifting effect.

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  9. Multi-Miracle Glow face and body rescue balm with lid off

    9. Nourish Dry Patches with Cream Moisturiser or Balm

    If autumn weather has led to dry patches emerging on your face, I recommend applying a rich, cream moisturiser or a face and body balm to help nourish and revive the area. The creamy texture of Charlotte’s Magic Cream is perfect for massaging into dry patches; this award-winning face cream is powered by a ‘Magic 8’ matrix of supercharged ingredients including hydrating hyaluronic acid, nourishing shea butter and soothing aloe vera, allowing it to nourish dry areas and create a smoother, plumper-looking skin texture. Alternatively, Multi-Miracle Glow face and body rescue balm is a great option for dry skin types, reviving the look of skin and creating a dreamy, dewy-looking facial finish.

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  10. Multiple jars of Charlotte's Magic Water Cream hydrating gel moisturiser

    10.  Choose Products that Help to Calm Skin Redness

    Drying, autumnal conditions can increase the skin’s susceptibility to redness, so try reaching for products that have skin-soothing effects during the autumn. When skin becomes dry or dehydrated, it becomes more prone to redness and irritation, but skincare ingredients such as beta glucans, aloe vera and niacinamide are effective at helping reduce the appearance of facial redness. Be sure to add skincare products enriched with these redness-reducing ingredients into your skincare routine if you experience skin redness.

    Tilbury Tip: Charlotte’s Magic Water Cream gel moisturiser is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of skin redness by 100% in 4 weeks!**

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  11. Charlotte's Magic Body Cream hydrating, firming-effect body moisturiser with texture swatch

    11. Hydrate your Body with Body Cream

    Don’t forget to hydrate your body, darlings! After showering, gently towel dry your skin and apply a lavish body cream that hydrates the skin on your body. I created Charlotte’s Magic Body Cream as the answer to my award-winning moisturiser, Charlotte’s Magic Cream, for your body! The nourishing formula is enriched with body-targeted ingredients that hydrate, nourish and lift the look of the skin on your body. It absorbs effortlessly into the skin, providing immediate hydration from head to toe!

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  12. Charlotte's Magic Cream and Charlotte's Magic Body Cream with rich texture swatches

    12. Travel with a Hand Cream

    Cold weather can be harsh on your hands, darlings, so always travel with a hydrating hand cream to keep the skin on your hands feeling smooth and supple. Charlotte’s Magic Body Cream can be used as a nourishing hand cream thanks to its hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, frangipani flower extract and glowing glycerin – just massage the rich, cream formula into your palms, between your fingers and onto the backs of your hands to create a silky-smooth skin texture.

    Tilbury Tip: Travel-sized Charlotte’s Magic Body Cream is perfect for using as a handbag-sized hand cream.

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  13. Multiple bottles of Charlotte's hydrating and oxygenating Magic Hydrator Mist

    13. Add Moisture to the Skin with Face Mist

    When skin begins to feel tight and dehydrated, reach for a face mist to add moisture back into the complexion. Face mist can be used within your skincare routine between steps and throughout the day as a refreshing skin revival – I recommend applying Charlotte’s Magic Hydrator Mist to get a dewy-looking glow on the go when skin begins to lack its natural lustre. This oxygenating face mist gives the face an instant boost whatever the season, spritzing a fine mist onto the face that feels immediately revitalising and layers wonderfully underneath and on top of makeup.

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  14. Model close up applying Charlotte's Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir

    14. Carry a Lip Oil to Hydrate your Lips

    Your lips are often one of the first parts of the face to become dry, darlings, so keep a supercharged lip oil on hand to hydrate and condition your lips throughout the day. Lip oils are more concentrated than lipsticks or lip glosses, behaving like a serum to deliver lasting moisture to the lips and helping to avoid developing dry, chapped lips. Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir is my crystal-infused lip oil formula featuring lip-loving ingredients hyaluronic acid to instantly hydrate; Resurrection Leaf to help lock in moisture over time; and Swertian Leaf Extract to help reduce the appearance of lip lines.

    Tilbury Tip: Discover tinted versions of Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir exclusively available in my Charlotte Tilbury App!

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  15. Charlotte's Magic Night Cream beauty balm with lid off and texture swatches

    15. Apply Night Cream for Overnight Revival

    At the end of an autumn day, apply a nourishing night cream to give your skin an overnight skin revival. A rich, retinol-infused night cream like Magic Night Cream is perfect for restoring the skin’s bouncy, supple-looking texture after a day spent in chilly, autumn conditions. Massage night cream into the skin before bed and let it absorb overnight while you get your beauty sleep, then wake up to refreshed, hydrated skin that looks smoother, plumper and ready for another autumn stroll.

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Darlings, when you look after your skin with my supercharged skincare, you can unlock an eternal magic glow for all seasons! Keep these autumn skincare tips in mind when performing your skincare routine and your skin will be perfectly prepped for everything autumn brings.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Founder, President, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

With over 30 years experience, Charlotte Tilbury MBE is the world's number 1 makeup artist and British beauty entrepreneur. Charlotte established Charlotte Tilbury Beauty in 2013, which is now a record-breaking beauty brand that has won over 400 awards.