Top Tips For Autumn Skin Care
As we wave goodbye to summer and move into Autumn, the leaves aren’t the only things that change. Our skin also changes during Autumn as it recovers from sun damage caused during the summer months and prepares for the colder temperatures. Its important to look after your skin during the autumn and colder months so here’s our top tips for Autumn skin care.
During the summer months your skin can take a beating from over exposure to the sun, saltwater and chlorine. Not to mention those sneaky sessions on the sunbed before your holidays that we know “some” of you do!! But that’s another blog post all of it’s own! The summer can leave your skin dehydrated with dryness and a general lacklustre appearance. And as we start cranking up the central heating and wearing extra layers this can make matters worse.
Although it may seem unusual, break outs can actually increase during autumn. As the skins natural oil secretion continues the cooler air can cause a build up of dead skin cells. This build up of dead skin cells traps bacteria and oil under the dead cells and this can then lead to breakouts.
We know this all sounds a bit depressing but you don’t worry, you don’t need to change your skin care completely. Making just a few minor tweaks to your normal skin care routine can help you improve your skin health during the Autumn.
Exfoliation Is Key
Regular exfoliation is really important to help achieve a healthy glowing skin. As we said earlier the effects of summer and also the change to cooler temperatures can lead to a build up of dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking dull and dehydrated.
By exfoliating twice a week this helps to remove the dead skin cells, increases cellular regeneration of healthy skin resulting in a brighter, smoother complexion. Exfoliation also prepares your skin so that products such as serums and moisturisers are more easily absorbed.
We recommend exfoliating twice a week at home. Or a book a course of microdermabrasion treatments to really boost your skin with a deep mechanical exfoliation.
Change Up Your Cleansing Rituals
During the summer months foaming and gel cleansers are great for deep cleaning morning and night. However, in the colder month this may dry out your skin.
For dryer skins it can be a good idea to use a lightweight, cream or lotion based cleanser. Cleansing lotions are slightly milder and will do a good job of dissolving make up on the face and will help lock on moisture during the night.
Add In A Serum
Adding a serum into you daily skin care is a must particularly in the colder months. Serums have smaller molecules that enable the ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin than moisturisers.
A good quality serum should contain Hyaluronic Acid (a naturally occurring acid in the skin) as it can hold a 1000 times its weight in water. Locking in moisture in the skin. Other key ingredients should include Vitamin C for its superior antioxidant properties and Retinol for its skin rejuvenation abilities.
Go Heavier With Your Moisturiser
A lightweight moisturiser will be enough in the summer for most skin types, but when the cold weather begins to draw in, it is important to to keep you skin well hydrated, this could mean upgrading your normal moisturiser to a heavier cream to prevent moisture loss and weatherproof your skin.
Moisturise twice daily after cleansing. If you prefer using lighter moisturiser in the day you could consider a heavier night cream.
Protect Your Skin From UV Rays
This may come as a surprise, even Autumn is a season where a lot of UV damage can occur so it’s really important to protect your skin with a sunscreen.
Most people think that because the temperature is cooler, the sun isn’t as harmful, but this isn’t true. Using sun protection is a year-round job, so please make this an essential part of your daily skin care routine.
Apply a sunscreen, our favourite is Heliocare 360 Fluid Cream, to the face, neck and any exposed chest area to shield your skin from direct sunlight.
Nourish Your Skin From Within
We are what we eat so remember to drink plenty of water to increase hydration, we recommend 2 .5 litres every day. Say yes to whole foods, good fats, lots of vegetables and protein rich foods.
Limit caffeine, alcohol and sugar as these all have a negative effect on your skin.