Stressed out because you don’t think you made the most of the sunny weather? Me too. But there’s no need to fret over your fall skincare routine – some subtle changes and simple swaps will keep your skin clear and glowing ready for sweater weather.
During summer we focused more on sebum control. As we slip into fall, the air gets drier, you’re more likely to be exposed to radiators and heating - this combination can (unsurprisingly) make your skin drier, duller and more prone to flaking. My suggestion is to begin exfoliating to slough away the top layer enabling your products to penetrate deeper into the skin, making them more effective. Make sure you’re not over-exfoliating as that can lead to sensitivities and redness by removing too much of the top layers – once a week should be plenty.
As temperatures drop the want for a long hot shower increases, but that would be too easy, wouldn’t it? Hot showers and baths weaken the protective layer of the epidermis (the top layer) meaning more moisture is lost at a quicker rate, the dry autumn air only exacerbates this once stepping out and you might notice your skin is dry, flakey and itchy. Try and limit bathing time or turn the temperature down just a fraction to ease some of these symptoms.
WEAR SPF. This should be worn every day, even on cloudy days. There are studies that show how partly cloudy conditions can actually aggravate UV rays by reflection and diffusion. So, keep including this in your routine. No excuses.
With the hot weather fading away you may be drinking less water, but try to keep that water bottle close by and stay hydrated - so much of our skin's hydration comes from the inside. If you don't love to drink plain water then consider adding organic fruits, herbs or veggies like lemon, mint, or cucumber. Eat water-rich foods like melon. Or, of course, it is that time of year for curling up with a lovely cup of tea and taking the ubiquitous tea and sweater-hands selfie...
Transitioning to fall doesn’t mean you need to throw out all of your summer skincare. In summer we looked at lighter lotions and creams, so, as autumn approaches and you add on extra layers, treat your skin the same way. Try adding a facial oil for an extra dose of hydration to your routine and choose an oil that will compliment your skin, we have 3 amazing facial oils to choose from.
A lot of people with oily or combination skin worry about adding an oil to their routine – make sure you’re using plant-based oils (stay away from mineral!) and essential oils as these won’t block the pores and will actually help balance sebum levels. Facial oils should be applied after toning and before moisturizing – 3-5 drops should cover the whole face and focus on areas that need a little more love (usually the cheeks and brow bone). I like to incorporate a little massage when doing this bit to get my circulation going and practice some self-care at the same time.
As the summer draws to an end, our lives usually become a little busier. Whether it’s school, work or just adjusting to a new schedule try not to let stress build. We all know that stress is damaging to the body but the rise in stress hormones (such as cortisol) can actually make an appearance on our skin too – high cortisol levels make the skin produce more sebum and can accelerate the aging process – making fine lines, wrinkles and age spots more visible. So make sure you’re taking time out for yourself and your skin will thank you.
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