The 5 Biggest Skin-Care Trends To Try This Fall

You can pick makeup trends off a red carpet or identify hair-color phenomenons with a single scroll through Instagram (without even leaving your bed!), but the next big thing in skin care isn’t going to pop out at you from a celebrity face or an A-list hairstylist’s feed (unless they’re being paid to make sure you know about it). It’s hiding in dermatologists’ offices, in estheticians’ glowing recommendations, in lengthy, inscrutable ingredients lists, in the sudden realization while shopping at Sephora that, hm, you sure have been seeing a lot of cleansing sticks lately.

Skin-care trends ride a smaller wave, and they don’t always make lists of “The One Fall Trend You Absolutely Must Try Or Suffer The Consequences.” But this fall, it’s time to cash in on the season’s coolest, most advanced new skin-care trends to try. People may not ask you about your favorites the way they might ask you about your newfound commitment to orange eye makeup, but you will enjoy the satisfaction of being ahead of the curve when everyone starts talking about how amazing moisturizing wipes are six months from now.

Pumpkin Masks

Gourds for fall? Groundbreaking. No, but for real: There’s an obvious explanation as to why beauty brands start sprinkling a little bit of pumpkin into everything come autumn, but the winter squash also conveniently supplies a healthy amount of fruit enzymes and vitamins, making it ideal for brightening and gentle exfoliation. In this clarifying formula, it’s combined with anti-inflammatory oat-kernel protein and antioxidant vitamin E, along with natural apricot-seed powder to sweep away the cell buildup that causes dullness.

Summer Fridays Overtime Mask, $44, available at Sephora

If you have three minutes to spare, you have plenty of time to treat dry, lackluster skin with this pumpkin purée-based AHA peel, which sold out completely less than two weeks after it launched. It’s still backordered, but another batch from the K-beauty-inspired brand is on the way — and you won’t want to miss the skin-smoothing, acne-fighting, sensitive skin-friendly formula this time around.

Savor Beauty Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, $80, available at Savor Beauty

Moisturizing Wipes

Thanks to Uber, Seamless, Venmo, Netflix’s auto-play feature, and countless other hallmarks of modern living, laziness as a lifestyle choice is more sustainable than ever. Ideal for storing on your nightstand — right next to your makeup-remover wipes — as a one-stop skin-care shop without so much as lifting your head from the pillow, moisturizing pads are here to enable you in your quest to exert as little effort as possible while completing any given task. These round discs have a touch of texture for light exfoliation, and they’re soaked in a hydrating blend of hyaluronic acid and bamboo water that’s spiked with vitamin-rich extracts of spinach, broccoli, pomegranate, peach, and prickly pear.

Peach and Lily Lazy Day All-In-One Moisture Pads, $39, available at Peach and Lily

We have reached peak convenience: a moisture-binding combination of hyaluronic acid, peptides, vitamins E and B5, antioxidant-heavy tamarind extract, and soothing centella asiatica (otherwise known as cica), all packed into a single-use pad that comes individually packaged for maximum travel-friendliness.

m-61 Hydraboost HA Serum Pad, $32, available at M-61


This buzzy natural retinol alternative is quickly gaining traction, for obvious reasons: Derived from the babchi plant, the ingredient is clinically proven to boost collagen production, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, correct hyperpigmentation, and essentially do all the things retinoids are known to do, without the drying side effects. When paired with vitamin C, squalane, and melatonin, as in this overnight serum, it’s like an undo button for the oxidative stress and damage that skin is subjected to during the day.

Isdinceutics Melatonik 3-in-1 Night Serum, $150, available at Isdin

Sometimes you want your retinol alternative with a side of actual retinol, just to really drive the wrinkle-fighting point home. For those times, there is this night oil, which contains both bakuchiol and retinol in addition to a long list of potent antioxidants, extracts, and plant oils. The result is a powerhouse of a skin-care product that tackles fine lines and uneven texture as it moisturizes and protects, all in an easily-absorbed, non-greasy formula.

StriVectin S.T.A.R. Light Retinol Night Oil, $99, available at Ulta Beauty

Smarter Gadgets

High-tech beauty tools aren’t just getting bigger, better, and, in some cases, more expensive: They’re also getting smarter. For every $400 microdermabrasion behemoth, there’s a shiny, newly-streamlined version of your go-to that, much like Apple’s annual unveilings, will instantly make your perfectly good machine seem like an old, dumb brick. This sleek take on the Clarisonic features one single button, a more compact size, and a slightly lower price point, to make deep cleansing easier than ever (and eliminate the “but which button do I press?” conundrum).

Clarisonic Mia Prima Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush, $99, available at Sephora

And you thought sheet masks were a time-saving marvel. This USB-rechargeable feat of beauty tech — now available in travel-friendly mini form — utilizes warming, cooling, pulsating, and LED light therapy capabilities to treat skin in a very real way in conjunction with its proprietary masks, which you secure onto the device before gliding it over skin.

Foreo UFO Mini, $179, available at Ulta Beauty

So Many Sticks

It’s starting to look like the future of skin care will come in stick form. Cleansers, masks, and toners are all getting the twist-up treatment — and really, why bother getting your hands dirty when you can just swipe that shit right on? Just add water to turn this stick, which is comprised of more than 40% pure olive oil, into a gentle foaming face wash that dissolves makeup and grime with ease.

Bliss Cold Pressed Olive Oil Foaming Cleanser, $15, available at Ulta Beauty

Formulated with pore-cleansing kaolin and white charcoal in a hydrating glycerin base, this stick is the most fun you’ll ever have applying a clay mask. Slather it on clean, dry skin, give it 10 minutes to work its magic, and rinse for a fully fuss-free masking situation.

Olay Glow Boost White Charcoal Clay Stick, $9.99, available at Target

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