There is something magical about Autumn. The fiery colours, the warm flickering of candles, delicious spiced coffee and cosy jumpers. What’s not to love? Well…
As the weather becomes colder and rainier, you soon will notice your skin starts to feel dry, perhaps more irritable with some redness, and the healthy summer glow begins to fade. Your skin’s needs change as the seasons change, and today we share some expert tips on adjusting your beauty routine for healthy, radiant skin in the Autumn.
1. Hydrate and protect
Indoor heating, hot showers, wind and cold temperatures dehydrate your skin faster than you can say “pumpkin spice latte”. Invest in a quality water-containing moisturiser with hydrating ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid and emollients such as plant butters (i.e.mango, cocoa or shea). The combination of water and oil in a face cream allows your skin to absorb extra moisture, vitamins and healthy fats to feed your skin, protect it from environmental damage and slow down the water evaporation from your skin.
Speaking of pumpkin latte, drinking large amounts of strong coffee, tea and alcohol have a diuretic effect, meaning it may cause some dehydration. Make sure to drink enough plain water daily to keep your body hydrated and your skin plump.
BONUS TIP: Put a humidifier on your desk, in your bedroom and in any other indoor space where you spend a lot of time.
2. Cleanse gently
Ditch the harsh foam and gel cleansers that strip your skin of moisture and disrupt its natural protective barrier. Instead, try the double-cleansing method to effectively remove makeup, deep-clean impurities and nourish your skin without causing irritation or redness.
To double-cleanse, apply a small amount of natural cleansing balm, cream or oil cleanser to your face and neck, massage until all grime dissolves and gently wipe away with a soft towel soaked in warm water. You may repeat this process twice or use a mild natural facial soap as a second cleanse. Your face should feel soft and comfortable, not “squeaky clean” or tight after washing.
In addition, avoid hot showers or bubble baths as hot water and foaming products pull water from your skin, leaving it dehydrated.
3. Use a Vitamin Serum
Your skin like the rest of your body needs vitamins. Your diet and your beauty routine should include a range of vitamins and antioxidants for healthy, radiant skin to maintain its firmness and promote collagen production.
Vitamins A, C, B3 (Niacinamide), E, D and K are beneficial to your skin’s health, helping revitalise and boost collagen, fight dark spots, reduce free-radical damage, soothe redness, reduce acne and even heal wounds.
Choose a serum with a high concentration of vitamins that meets your skincare needs and includes several vitamins in one product.
Regular exfoliation of the face and body is crucial, especially in harsh weather when the skin loses moisture, becomes dull, cracks and develops dry patches. Use gentle exfoliants like clay masks or fruit acid peels one to two times a week. It will help remove rough skin buildup, unveil soft and smooth skin, and help your cosmetics reach deeper layers of your skin to work more efficiently.
Avoid harsh scrubbing tools like sonic brushes, muslin cloths or powdered kernel scrubs. They are too abrasive causing damage to the skin, increased water loss and spread bacteria.
5. Protect your hands and lips
The skin on your hands and lips is thin, making them susceptible to weather damage, dryness and chapping. Invest in a good butter-rich and long-lasting lip balm to protect and nourish your lips in all weather, and always keep a hand cream handy.