BEAUTY BLACK BOOK

Forget Your Winter Woes: An Editor-Approved Guide to Fresh Skincare for Fall

13 W editors share their skincare secrets to stave off parched skin and stay dewy and fresh-faced in the approaching harsh months.


Photo by Ryan McGinley, styled by Edward Enninful; W January 2013.

As the crisp days of fall have started edging towards the cooler part of the year—complete with the reminder of arctic winds to come—preserving the dewiness of summer is top of mind at the W office. To prevent parched skin, Executive Beauty Director Jane Larkworthy has taken to dabbing MV Organics jojoba oil on her face before stepping in the shower. Meanwhile, Fashion Assistant Gabriella De Givenchy recently adopted the three-step Lancer method for a more streamlined regime. And the guys are rethinking their routines as well: Just consider the soothing qualities of Kiehl’s calendula face wash. Whatever your winter woe, here’s to starting early and staying fresh:

13 Must-Have Fresh Skincare Favorites for Fall

La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream, $170, nordstrom.com

“My sister works at La Mer so she got me hooked. Now, I can’t live without this product. You don’t need much — it lasts a long time and is very light on the face.” — Rickie De Sole, Fashion Market and Accessories Direct1or

MV Organics Jojoba Oil, $42, mvskincare.com

“I just started using this line from Australia and my skin really seems to appreciate its gentle formulations. Per its founders instructions, I dab a few drops of this on my cheeks BEFORE I step into the shower. The jojoba protects my skin from the drying effects of the water.” — Jane Larkworthy, Executive Beauty Director

SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Serum, $163, skinceuticals.com

“This serum gives my skin a great boost of Vitamin C. Not only does it protect and fight against free radicals, but it improves texture and sun spots. It’s my first step in hydrating my skin as we approach the cold weather!” — Gillian Sagansky, Features Writer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, $44, sephora.com

“Whenever I have to run to an event from work and my skin needs a lift, I dabe on a light layer of this primer, particularly on my cheek bones and undereye area. It adds an immediate, refreshed glow.” — Vanessa Lawrence, Senior Features Writer

Glossier Super Bounce Serum, $28, glossier.com

“Glossier’s Super Bounce Serum is the perfect recharge for my skin. It’s light and sinks right into skin, so I don’t worry about breakouts. Plus, it makes me look like I got much more sleep than I actually did.” — Courtney Costello, Fashion Assistant

Chanel Le Lift Eye Cream, $165, chanel.com

“Someone older than me recommended that I get a head start on anti-aging, so I’ve been lathering Chanel eye cream all over my face. Not sure if that’s what she meant… But it’s light and a nice addition to my morning routine.” — Emilia Petrarca, Associate Features Editor

Mario Badescu Special Cleansing Lotion C, $15, mariobadescu.com

“I swear by toners for fresh looking skin. Mario Badescu’s Special Cleansing Lotion C cleans and tightens pores like no other.” — Ryann Foulke, Assistant Fashion Editor

Lancer The Method: Polish & Glow, $89, sephora.com

“I’ve been using the 3-step method for a little over a month, and love how soft my skin is now. It also makes my skincare routine really simple.” — Gabriella de Givenchy, Fashion Assistant

SkinCeuticals Serum 10, $69, skinceuticals.com

“Look, it doesn’t smell great but ever since a facialist reprimanded me for not using a vitamin C serum, I have been a devotee of the stuff. Thanks to W’s Jane Larkworthy, I use a few drops of this SkinCeuticals serum in the morning after washing my face — and it has made my skin brighter and fresher.” — Sarah Leon, Digital Editorial Director

Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, $29, kiehls.com

“Like most guys, I don’t want to think too hard about skincare. I settle on a product and stick with it, for better or worse. I liked Kiehl’s Facial Fuel series because I liked the packaging, it smelled good, and it got the job done. But, it also dried me out. Enter an alternative: Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, which has all those perks alongside a plant extract that has anti-inflammatory qualities, so that it soothes the skin as you cleanse.” — Erik Maza, Digital Features Director

Bare Essentials SkinLongevity Vital Power Infusion, $48, bareescentuals.com

“The power infusion is my go-to for fresh-looking skin! It’s lightweight, refreshing to apply, and keeps my skin GLOWING. I use this followed by Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream to protect against windy New York winters.” — Ian Crane, Assistant Bookings Editor

Violets Are Blue Facial Serum, $40, violetsareblueskincare.com

“There are no sensitive skin woes that this serum doesn’t tackle. It calms and hydrates my skin leaving it fresh and dewy.” — Kristin Auble, Research Editor

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask, $62, barneys.com

“This vitamin-rich mask may look (and smell) like orange marmalade, but the real get is how healthy my skin looks 10 minutes later.” — Mia Adorante, Associate Beauty Editor

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