Top Tips for Healthy Skin This Autumn

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

The nights are drawing in and the conkers are dropping. My favourite season is here! I just love everything about Autumn - the cold but crisp weather, the colours, the fashion, the hearty stews and hot chocolates.

But the varying conditions of cold weather outside and central heating inside can play havoc with the skin. Cold and dry air draws water from the skin, making it feel rough, tight and even inflamed. So here are a few little tips that could save your skin this Autumn:

  • Make sure your moisturiser is packing a punch right now. Many of us opt for a lighter moisturiser in Summer to keep the shine at bay, but this just won’t do once the temperature drops. Look for products with humectants (ingredients that draw moisture into the skin, such as Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, and Honey) and emollients (to soften and moisturise the skin like Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Almond Oil, and Olive Squalene)

  • Exfoliate your skin a couple of times a week to those dead skin cells and reveal the younger skin cells and a healthier complexion. There are two main types of exfoliators – chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliators are acids and enzymes that help dissolve the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together, where as physical exfoliators use friction to scrub them away. Choosing the right exfoliator for your skin can be a matter of trial and error.

  • Try an oil cleanser. Some water-based cleansers can strip the skin of moisture and leave it feeling tight and dry. Using an oil cleanser will condition the skin during cleansing, leaving skin feeling clean, soft and moisturized. Oil cleansing can be used on its own, or as part of a double cleansing routine where the oil-based cleanser is followed by a water-based cleanser.

  • Look after those lips! Without proper protection, one of the first casualties of Autumn is almost always the lips. The skin on the lips is very thin and does not contain any sebaceous glands, meaning they do not produce any natural oil to lubricate them. Licking your lips will only cause them to dry out and crack even more. Invest in a good quality lip balm that is made from butters, waxes and oils to both nourish and protect the skin on your lips. That popular little tub of petroleum jelly you may have used will only provide your lips with a barrier from the elements, not nourishment. And your luscious lips deserve more than that!

  • If you have never used a face oil, then now is a perfect time to start. Face oils are a great way to add an extra layer of protection for the skin barrier, and prevent moisture from escaping. Natural oils contain vitamins and antioxidants to feed your skin while protecting it from the elements.

  • Home-made face masks are also a great way to rejuvenate the skin in Autumn. Try using humectants like honey and oats to draw moisture into the skin, keeping it plump and hydrated. Oats are also a fantastic ingredient to soothe inflamed and dry skin, making it an ideal choice for people with atopic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

  • And don’t forget your SPF! UV rays can pass through cloud and cause both seen and unseen damage to the skin. Make sure you’re protected, always.

Autumn is so beautiful. Take advantage of the crisp cold days when you can leave the umbrella at home. Use it not only as a chance to get the limbs moving, but to free your mind from everyday stress and leave your worries at home for an hour or three. Take notice of the beauty around you, talk about it, take photos, get really up close and personal with nature. Just be sure to plan ahead and protect your skin against the changing environment and keep your skin in optimal health.

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