Do you feel that your skin will need more protection during autumn? If you answered yes, then you’re right. As the days get colder, our skincare routine should adopt some complementary treatments to protect it. There are things you can do to prepare your skin for seasonal changes, especially from summer to autumn.
The heat of summertime may have left your skin dry or flaky, or, conversely, can have accentuated pimples and oily skin, or maybe you find yourself with some signs of expression. However, the watchword is to re-balance. Now that it is cooler, you may think you don’t need to moisturise as often, but cooler temperatures mean drier air. Instead, you have to apply moisturiser to your whole body, including your face, at least once a day. Use a night time moisturiser on your face before going to bed, and drink the recommended amount of water each day!
Fairy hands operation
During the colder months, your hands are exposed to the elements and tend to dry out. Take this good habit: at night, apply a moisturiser to your hands and then put on thin cotton gloves before going to bed. When you wake up, you’ll have soft and well protected hands.
Let your pores breathe!
Layers of clothing can trap oil and dirt against your skin, causing acne that appears on your back or arms. Use an acne body wash daily when showering. Body acne can sometimes be caused or irritated by fragrances in everyday items such as laundry detergents, lotions and hair products, so you might want to switch to products that are fragrance-free.
Use a gentle cleanser
Use a cleanser that doesn’t strip skin of natural oils. During the high humidity days of summer, your skin was probably oilier and you may have needed a cleanser that washed away the oil. But with the drier air of autumn and winter, you want to preserve your natural moisture. Use a gentle cleanser to wash away the dirt, but one that doesn’t strip your skin of its own oils.
Try a deep (occasional) cleanser
Exfoliate your skin. If your skin is looking dull after the long summer, use an exfoliating cleanser to remove the outer layer of skin which will leave your face looking brighter. When exfoliating, don’t scrub so hard that you damage your skin, and use an exfoliating cleanser only once or twice a week, not every day. Some example of a fast home-made recipe? Try semolina and yoghurt, honey and sugar, or coconut flakes and puree of avocado.
Add an eye moisturiser
Add an eye moisturiser to your beauty routine, as the skin around your eyes doesn’t have oil-producing glands and can easily dry out. Fine lines and wrinkles may be more apparent, so use a moisturiser around your eyes on a daily basis. This really does make a difference!
Lips to kiss!
UV sun screen all year round
The one thing you don’t want to change, no matter what the season, is using sun screen. Whether it is hot or cold, sunny or cloudy, you should use sun screen as part of your daily skincare routine. If you crave the sun-kissed look, try using a skin bronzer, which is a much safer alternative to being in the sun, using a tanning bed, or a spray tan!
Laura De Vittori