Autumn is a time for transition – the leaves fall from the trees, the air gets colder and we switch out our t-shirts and summer dresses for cosy jumpers and outerwear.
One autumn transition you may not be accustomed to is changing up your skincare routine, but making adjustments to the products you use (perhaps buying new products) could have huge benefits for your skin. Having said that, if you do decide to purchase new skincare products, be sure to pick products that are free of parabens and other harmful chemicals, have been clinically tested (look for brands who take the assistance of VIAL and its likes to monitor the effects of their products after they have been licensed for use), and have good customer reviews. Avoid untested skincare products, since they may leave harsh results.
Anyway, your skin’s needs are sure to change as we move into the autumn and winter months. So, here are some ways to adjust your skincare routine and avoid any problems.
WHAT IMPACT DOES AUTUMN HAVE ON YOUR SKIN?
The main issue your skin will have to contend with throughout autumn and winter is dryness. As temperatures drop, so too do humidity levels in the air, which can significantly affect your skin’s hydration levels. As you keep warm by putting the central heating on, you’re reducing the amount of moisture in the air at home, which your skin will also feel the effects of.
Cold and windy weather can also cause your skin to become more sensitive or inflamed, so this is something else to look out for and combat with a carefully selected arsenal of skincare products.
MAINTAIN A RADIANT COMPLEXION WITH THESE SKINCARE TIPS
- MAKE SMALL ADJUSTMENTS TO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
Your skin would probably benefit from some skincare changes this autumn, but be careful not to overdo it. Swapping too many products at once can overwhelm the skin, so you’ll want to stick to some basic changes and focus on what’s most important for a healthy, glowing visage.
- TRY A NOURISHING CLEANSER
Just as you would at any other time of year, you should maintain a consistent cleansing routine throughout autumn and winter. This means cleansing morning and evening before applying other products, helping your skin stay clean and clear. If your skin’s feeling dry or tight, swap your current cleanser for something more mild and nourishing to keep your face feeling soft.
- BE SURE TO KEEP YOUR SKIN HYDRATED
You may have used a lightweight moisturiser throughout summer, but autumn is the time to retire this for something richer. Try a thicker moisturising cream rather than a lightweight gel to protect your skin against the elements.
- REMEMBER TO EXFOLIATE
Exfoliating a couple of times a week will help to keep dead skin cells and dry patches at bay. At this time of year, opt for a gentle exfoliator to ensure you don’t worsen dry or sensitive skin with excessive scrubbing – a chemical exfoliant is a perfect solution. Otherwise, you could also look into green, cruelty-free, and vegan skincare products. Konjac sponge, which is a biodegradable facial scrub (made of vegetable roots) could be a beneficial exfoliator for sensitive skin.
- USE A FACIAL OIL TO LOCK IN MOISTURE
If you’re prone to dry skin already, you may need a little something extra to get you through cold autumn and winter days. A facial oil is a good choice, giving your skin added nutrients and antioxidants while locking in moisture.
- TRY ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
Autumn conditions can cause several skin woes, but active ingredients can help you target problem areas for better results. If it’s hydration you need, hyaluronic acid is great for restoring moisture and plumpness to the skin, while niacinamide is an excellent option for inflammation and breakouts.
Sun protection factor (SPF) is a cocktail of active ingredients containing zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or both to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Wearing sunscreen daily is one thing you shouldn’t change this autumn – in fact, you should wear it all year round for healthy skin.