This weekend saw us (in the Northern Hemisphere) officially move into autumn and although the sun was shining for most of us, it is now time to start thinking about changing our skincare routine to reflect the cooler weather.
The seasonal change from summer to autumn can wreak havoc on your skin. Whether the cold, windy climate of autumn gives your skin a shock or worsens existing summer damage, changing your skincare regime can heal and protect your skin and give you a refreshed and healthy glow. Read on to see what you need to do both on the outside and inside…
- Introduce more nourishing daily skin care products for the face and body. It is advisable to switch to a creamier, gentle, non-clogging cleanser that will add extra moisture and protect your skin from environmental aggressions. A pH-balanced cleanser will maintain the skin’s delicate protective barrier. Your skin also needs a richer, more emollient moisturiser (especially at night) to keep the skin elastic and help it retain water.
- Slough off the summer residue to start autumn with refreshed skin that may be dry from too much fun in the sun. Treat yourself to at least one good facial and full-body exfoliation treatment to start the season polished and smooth. This is good practice for any seasonal change. Maintain the benefits by doing a gentle exfoliation on a weekly basis. pH balanced exfoliates support the skin’s natural functions and prep the skin to better absorb nutrients without causing irritation.
- Shield your skin. Although sun radiation is less intense, you should continue protecting your skin against damaging UV rays. Use daily a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When going outside, protect your skin from the elements by wearing a hat, scarf, earmuffs and gloves. The cold, dry weather can wreak havoc on your skin, but proper attire is an easy way to prevent exposure.
- Stay active — it benefits your mind, body and skin. Hit the gym, work out at home, or bundle up and go for a long walk outside. When the weather turns cold, it may be tempting to just curl up with a good book, but maintaining an active lifestyle will keep you healthy from the inside out. Exercise increases the blood flow and helps nourish the skin’s cells.
- In the autumn and winter, the air can suck moisture right from the skin; staying hydrated will help keep skin beautiful. Drinking plenty of water will aid in the elimination of toxins effectively.
- Eat a well balanced diet. Foods rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, antioxidants, Vitamins A, C and E, can help reverse summer damage, prepare it for the challenges it will face during winter and boost the skin’s immune system while preserving its quality and restoring its natural glow.
- Supplement your skin. help: revitalise my skin contains antioxidant, skin nourishing and cell rejuvenating ingredients – just what you need to give your skin the TLC it needs from within. It not only helps with anti-ageing but will keep your skin in tip top condition all year round.