The Best Beauty Products to Take You Into Fall

Collage by Tilden Bissell.

Society is divided into two groups of people—those who go to the beach well into September and those who were already taking their sweaters out of storage in August. And while summer isn’t over until the middle of the month, the telltale signs of autumn are returning: there’s a chill in the morning when you wake up, pumpkin spice is back earlier than ever, and some of your beauty products might not be hitting the way they used to. There are easy adjustments you can make as the seasons change—investing in a good moisturizer and slathering on lip treatments—but if you want some products to get you in the mood for fall, look no further. From the best scents that don’t remind you of Starbucks to lip gloss and nail polish the colors of falling leaves, here are some of the best products that will help you say goodbye to warmer days.

Redoux Turmeric Botanical Bar, $14,

If you’re looking for a more sophisticated alternative to your standard pumpkin spice scented products, this spicy citrus soap with bergamot, ginger, and sandalwood is the perfect summer-to-fall fragrance.

Sachajuan Intensive Hair Oil, $53,

Give your hair a little TLC after all your time outside (social distancing) in the sun with a heavy-duty hair oil that repairs and replenishes strands.

Cheekbone Beauty Lip Gloss, $19,

While many people working remotely have adopted a minimal makeup approach through the rest of 2020, this buildable terra cotta red from Indigenous-owned brand Cheekbone Beauty is all you need to transition your makeup to something a little more in-season.

J.Hannah Mini Polish Set, $54,

Take an autumnal spin on the mismatched nail trend with this neutral shade set from J.Hannah, featuring their bestselling shades Miso (rich cream), Dune (soft beige), Fauna (warm ginger), Ghost Ranch (muted red) and Akoya (opalescent oyster).

Sigil Anima Mundi, $120,

Swap out your lighter summer perfumes for an intoxicating mix of rose, jasmine, and hinoki wood from this stylish California-based brand.

Tower 28 SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray, $12,

A hero product for anyone suffering from “maskne”, this antibacterial spray from Tower 28 contains hypochlorous acid, a powerhouse ingredient which is “naturally found in your white blood cells, which helps to fight and defend your body from harmful bacteria and inflammation.”

54 Thrones African Beauty Butter, $24,

Fend off dry skin with 54 Thrones’ signature butters. They come in a variety of formulas, but the Moroccan Blue Tansy and Egyptian Blue Chamomile feature a soothing scent perfect to ward off impending seasonal scaries.

Mara Sea Vitamin C Serum, $96,

Vitamin C is a popular product for a reason—it reduces sun damage, smoothes fine lines, and fades acne scars and hyperpigmentation—so what better time to add it to your repertoire than right at summer’s end? Mara’s new Vitamin C serum is a nice place to start, with 15% THD ascorbate and a mix of 14 vitamin C-rich extracts.

Hellen NYC Emerge From the Fog Bath Salts, $85 for 6 baths,

While I am of the opinion that every season is bath season, these bath salts have an uplifting blend of bergamot, pimenta berry, and wintergreen to get you in the mood for cool nights and bundling up.