RRemember the giddy feeling of early fall when you stock up on new notebooks and pens for the upcoming school year? Well, transitioning your beauty cabinet to include must-have fall essentials is the grown-up version of the much-anticipated back-to-school shopping spree.
This time, though, we’re swapping out the pens and pencils for hydrating cleansers, supercharged makeup, and more so your routine can handle whatever this new season brings. “Skin care is especially important in the colder months because the skin’s propensity to lose moisture and hydration to the surrounding environment is much greater,” says Rachel Nazarian MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. .
“Many people talk about the phenomenon of ‘winter itch’ (which can happen even in the fall), when people are not good at protecting the skin’s moisture barrier and experience dryness that can lead to inflammation and itchiness,” says Dr. Nazarian.
Fortunately, we can all stave off the dreaded cold-weather dryness—and cross off a few other beauty goals, too—with expert-backed ingredients and products to fill your fall beauty cabinet with glow-boosting staples. And guess what? Each of Dr. Nazarian’s Top Picks is under $100 Y you can find them in one central place: saks.com. Ready to start shopping to shine again?
Keep scrolling to see this dermatologist’s list of fall beauty essentials you can get for under $100.
Sulwhasoo Revitalizing Overnight Mask — $54.00
Skin typically repairs itself while we sleep, says Dr. Nazarian, so the evening hours are a vital time to tackle hydration in the colder months. This revitalizing K-beauty sleeping mask blocks everybody of overnight moisture, thanks to Sulwhasoo’s exclusive Nutritive RED Elixir™ formula, along with jujube and pomegranate extracts to help strengthen skin’s moisture barrier.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer — $31.00
If you thought your concealer was only meant to cover blemishes, you need to update it. Made with skin-boosting ingredients like magnolia bark extract (“shown to be an anti-inflammatory ingredient capable of soothing irritated skin,” says Dr. Nazarian) and grape seed extract (“also a powerful antioxidant” ), this fan favorite with over 400 4.5-star reviews also works to diminish fine lines and signs of fatigue while hydrating skin.
Peter Thomas Roth Instant Firmx™ Eyes — $38.00
This one has several viral TikToks to its name, and for good reason. Here’s the secret to firming skin: “Many creams use ingredients that contain silicates, a substance that is applied as a liquid but firms and firms as it dries on the skin,” says Dr. Nazarian. So, now we know how this magic stuff works.
Charlotte Tilbury Perfect Airbrush Setting Powder — $45.00
If you’re busy traveling to and from the office, a setting powder that really works will be a welcome addition to your makeup toolkit, and this is another TikTok favorite. Superfine powder reduces shine, while rose wax and almond oil allow them to blend seamlessly (no caking here).
Kiehl’s Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptides — $62.00
Dr. Nazarian says that microdosing serums could be your answer to integrating more powerful ingredients if your skin becomes dry and sensitive in the fall. Kiehl’s Retinol Microdose Serum helps deliver results (minimizing lines and wrinkles), but with less redness, dryness, or flaking that might follow a normal dose of retinol.
La Mer The Lip Balm — $75.00
We know, $75 might seem like a lot to spend on a lip balm, but hear us out: your relationship with other balms will never be the same once you swipe this velvety, mint-tint formula over your lips.
By Terry Tea To Tan Face & Body Water-Mist — $88.00
Keep your summer glow on for as long as your heart desires with this ultra-sheer tanning water that makes self-tanning a total streak-free breeze. Made with antioxidant-rich black and red tea extracts and active cold-pressed fruit essence, this formula blends with your skin to create a natural-looking glow, without the beach or hot weather (but we can still fake it).
La Prairie Foaming Cleanser — $95.00
This one makes the cut because the brand rarely has products under $100, and this cleanser has a lot of great reviews. With its water-activated foam formula, you can gently remove makeup and dirt while soothing your skin for a fresh, radiant finish.
super goop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++
If you stop applying SPF once summer comes to an end, consider this a call, not a call. “SPFs are still very important because even when the temperature drops, there is still radiation all year long, and even small amounts of radiation can add to the cumulative damage that leads to skin cancer, wrinkles, pigmentation problems, and skin aging.” said Dr. says Nazarian.
Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean smearing a ton of sticky lotion everywhere. Instead, this lightweight, totally invisible sunscreen contains SPF 40 and doubles as a makeup primer, so it’ll glide on as easily as your new fall coat.