I’m beyond ready to say goodbye to scorching temps and crazy weather to embrace the crisp air of fall and the mood boost that comes with it. Fall is officially here according to the calendars, September 22nd marked the autumn equinox. I’m welcoming it with open arms and cozy sweaters. To me, the autumn season is almost like the start of the new year: crisp, fresh air and new beginnings, but also feelings of nostalgia, comfort, security, and a sense of coziness. It’s a nesting time, and for me, it also marks the last quarter for my business and the time to prepare for the next year by making plans, creating vison boards, and so much more.
I also feel like the season brings the opportunity to re-establish a connection with yourself, what you want, and most importantly the environment around you. Shift with the season and by doing so you can become more in-tune with nature and with yourself — creating rituals, new habits and routines that feel good to YOU. Today’s post is all about THAT — Taking the time to ease into the new season with fresh ideas and fresh skincare.
Use this post as a guide for your head-to-toe transition into fall.
-Shift Your Diet
Beginning to transition the physical body to be in greater alignment with the change of seasons means focusing on warm and comforting foods/drink to coincide with the welcoming of the cooler weather. Some simple ways to do this:
• Clean out your fridge and cupboards to get rid of any foods that are not great for you. Added bonus: It’s always nice to have a clean fridge. Click here for more tips on fridge organization.
• Our bodies are looking for warm, comforting foods that will rebalance our emotional and physical bodies. Warm drinks and foods – teas, lattes, soups, warm foods, etc. are exactly what your body needs in the cooler months.
-Try New Workouts
Welcome in the new season by shifting the type of exercise you’re doing! This allows for new energy flow and can help reduce feelings of stagnation. Consider starting a new exercise routine that involves seasonal activities:
• Trail running
• Hiking in nature (the fall leaves make it the perfect time to hike!)
• Pilates and/or yoga (great for relieving stress)
• Stretching (be kind to your body!)
• Saunas (keep your body warm)
-Clean, Declutter, & Refresh Your Space
We can’t welcome in the new when there’s no space to do so! Each season offers a new opportunity to reflect on what’s currently taking up space in your life, and time to evaluate what you’re ready to let go of.
I’m focused this season on moving. Even if I’ll be unpacking over the holidays I AM MOVING. So, with that said, I’m doing a lot of decluttering and purging clothes I don’t want or wear anymore.
In terms of your physical space, taking the time to minimize by getting rid of items that no longer serve you can really help your space transform energetically. Be honest with yourself when going through your items: does it serve a purpose? Does it make you happy? If it doesn’t, DONATE IT. Then, bring in a few items that represent the new season to you: Fall decor, warm sheets or bedding, scented candles, etc. I love hitting up HomeGoods for new blankets in the fall!
-Do A Social Media Cleanse
Social media can be a great tool for inspiration and connection, but if the accounts you follow create more stress and anxiety than joy, it’s likely going to impact your mental health more negatively than positively. Go through your social media accounts and unfriend or unfollow any accounts that don’t bring you joy. Consider this as you scroll: Is this person still in my life? Am I following this account because I want to or because I feel I need to? Do I enjoy the content on this account? Does it align with my values?
-Create A Seasonal Playlist
A simple way to get yourself in the Fall spirit is welcoming in new (or classic) songs! Make a playlist and have it on shuffle in your space. I’ll even be releasing a fall playlist that I created with the BK team on the blog next week!
-Create A Fall Bucket List
What would make you happy this season? Create a bucket list of the seasonal activities you’d like to make happen. Fall bucket lists often contain things like apple and pumpkin picking, baking, watching horror films, curling up with a blanket and a new book, drinking tea, or going on a hike. I have yet to go to a pumpkin patch EVER, but I am definitely doing it this year. What’s on your list?
-Journal + Reflect
New seasons are a great time to reflect on your goals and intentions for the year. Look back with awareness, rather than judgement. I love making vison boards as well as making lists of things that I need to get done and want to accomplish by the end of the year.
Ask yourself what you’d like to make space for moving forward into this season. Often this means reflecting on your values and what areas you feel need a little more nourishment in your life moving forward. Then, give yourself a few tangible ways to shift your energy and make room for these intentions to flourish.
-Connect With Family + Friends
The Fall season is home to a number of holidays. It’s a great time to look at how you can further connect with family and friends this season to really nourish those feelings of comfort and have a little fun on top of all the cleaning and journaling.
Write down 3-5 things you’re grateful for right now. This will help to bring awareness to how beautiful life is in the moment and will help to take some of the pressure off of you. It will also help you to appreciate this season that you’re in currently, rather than rushing to the next thing.
Taking care of ourselves and transitioning into this holiday season also means taking into account our skin. As the weather cools down, our skin is more exposed to the elements, both outside and inside. Cold, dry air is harsh on the skin and can cause major dryness and irritation, and it’s not just the outdoors we need watch out for. When it gets cold outside, we often crank the heat up, and that also draws all the extra moisture from your skin. We need to work on using thicker, heavier, creams and masks during the colder months for added moisture. Dehydrated skin ages more quickly!
Here are a few things that I use and encourage you to incorporate into your skincare fall routine:
-Exfoliation is key to encourage cell turnover and hydration!
• I love using the Bye Bye Cellulite Coffee Coffee Sugar Scrub in the fall, the aroma is amazing in the mornings, not mention this does wonders working on your body.
• I also recommend our Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub, which has pumpkin oil and nutmeg, which are great for their anti-aging and antioxidant properties, and finely ground pumpkin seeds for added exfoliating power.
• And of course, our Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, which serves as a natural chemical peel mask. You can’t have a fall skincare routine without this one!
-Hydrate always, as much as possible.
• Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum is a must. I make sure to use this frequently indoors in the fall and winter whenever I’m makeup-free. Remember what I said about the heat in the house? Hyaluronic Acid is a hydration-attracting molecule that enhances your skin’s own moisture-retention for lasting hydration, so this will definitely combat that dry, indoor air.
• I use our Rosehip & Hibiscus Daily Moisturizer every night before I sleep, and I also use it under my makeup during the day. It’s non-greasy, light, and works wonders to keep skin smooth and hydrated.
• The Marionberry Martini Mask is a great mask for all over moisturizing and can also be left on overnight treatment.
• I love to use the Hydro Fruit Miracle Eye Repair on my eyes as in the fall I amp up my reading.
If you love the holidays as much as I do, be sure to see all our holiday items here. We even relaunched our Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar this year with some new can’t miss goodies. Happy Fall guys, hope this week’s post inspired you to transition with some fresh new, self-care practices!