And somehow, it’s Autumn already. We’re saying goodbye to sunny skies, warmer weather and simplified skincare routines that consist mostly of sunscreen. Yes, that cooler change in the air signifies time to switch up your skincare routine yet again. Because the change in seasons can leave your skin breaking out, looking dull, feeling tight and dry... So now, it’s all about nourishing and protecting your skin.
Just like switching up your seasonal wardrobe where you dust off those oversized sweaters at the back of the cupboard, it’s time to dust off some of that skincare and sit it front and centre in your beauty bar!
How to combat the cooler months
Just like you’d spring clean as the warmer months hit, it’s a good idea to dust off the past season and anything that’s no longer serving you. We’re talking trapped oils, bacteria and dead skin cell build up as your first port of call.
Once you’re sailing along with fresher, glowing skin...it’s time to consider the climate. During the cooler months your skin is often exposed to contradicting climates. Say you’re spending more time indoors near the heater, but then when you step outside, your skin is being hit with a conflicting coolness. It’s a confusing skin recipe headed straight for dehydration! This is why nourishing moisturisers are going to be on high rotation.
Now that your skin is refreshed, glowing and oh-so-plump, you’re going to want to seal the deal on your hard hydration work by protecting your skin from environmental aggressors (mainly climate and general air pollution). Protecting your skin not only helps to seal in the aforementioned need for hydration, but it also minimises the chances of dry, tight, flaky or chapped skin too.
So welcome to the cooler, shorter days of the year! And along with it, our tips for your new Autumn skincare routine (in order).
Autumn skincare routine
Tip 1 - Switch to a gentle cleanser: While your skin is likely producing less oil in the cooler months, it’s important to avoid washing it with abrasive or foaming cleansers that could strip your skin of oil and cause it to overproduce (which then leads to breakouts). Instead, cleanse gently without stripping your skins’ delicate oil balance.
We recommend Purified: Purifying Cleanser
Tip 2 – Exfoliate: Post-summer skin may need a chemical peel treatment to unclog pores and restore your glow. It’s always nice to start with a clean slate, isn’t it?! A chemical peel can assist tight, dry and flaky skin while maintaining much needed moisture.
We recommend Canvas: Resurfacing AHA & BHA Treatment
Tip 3 – Discover probiotic skincare: Probiotics assist with your skins’ overall health (just like your gut!). Introducing probiotics into your skincare routine can assist to maintain hydration while assisting the function of your skin barrier too (which is important when it comes to protecting against environmental aggressors such as the cooler climate).
We recommend The Limelight: Brightening Probiotic Lotion
Tip 4 – Invest in a thicker moisturiser: To deeply restore hydration in the cooler months opt for a thicker moisturiser, especially if you have combination or dry skin. As our skin is likely producing less oil right now, this is the perfect time to help it out and add the extra hydration it’s craving.
We recommend Luna Vitality: Restoring Moisture Cream
Tip 5 – Add vitamins: At a time when your skin can start falling victim to dehydration, dullness and build up, it’s good to incorporate some ingredients to address these concerns. Vitamin C is a great ingredient to combat dullness and brighten your skin up. Whereas the likes of retinol (a derivative of vitamin A) can help to continually renew and resurface your skin too – assisting with everything from dullness, build up, breakouts and more. Actually, you can read all about the benefits of retinol here! Together, retinol and vitamin C make a great team for your Autumn skin.
We recommend The Foundation: Flawless Retinol & Vitamin C Lotion
Tip 6 – Embrace oils: During the cooler months, your skin is likely producing less oil, so it can become drier than usual. Adding an oil may not only deliver needed hydration to your dry skin, it will also act as a seal to lock in any moisturising products you will have applied before this step. It’s really a win win!
We recommend Yester Youth: Regenerating Facial Oil
So there you have it! It’s not about buying up a whole bunch of new skincare, it’s a about prioritising what’s in your beauty bar already. If you do find yourself needing to stock up on a couple of items, you can always design your own set here and save some of that hard earned cash while you do so.