As the season changes from Summer to Autumn, you may notice your skin changing as well. Consider these Autumn skincare tips to help make the transition as smooth as your skin. The environment has a lot to do with how our skin feels and looks. When it’s hot and humid, the skin may feel greasy from the excess moisture. When it’s cold and dry, the skin may be crying out for some hydration. Not to mention other environmental stressors like air pollution, sun exposure, air-conditioning, and more. When the seasons change, so does the environment around us. Skin must adapt to the new set of climate conditions, but you can make its job a little easier by implementing an Autumn skincare routine outlined by these tips below.
1. Hydrate From the Inside Out
Autumn weather can be unpredictable. Is it going to rain? Is the sun shining? Is it windy? One thing is certain — your skin needs as much moisture as it can get as Summer fades into Autumn. As the temperature and humidity levels gradually decrease, so does your skin’s moisture content. This can lead to uncomfortable dryness. As your skin gets drier, it creates excess sebum to compensate. This then leads to breakouts. Avoid dryness and breakouts by hydrating your skin from the inside out. This means drinking more water, consuming foods that are hydrating, investing in a humidifier, and using hydrating serums and moisturizers.
2. Swap Light Moisturisers for Thick Creams
In the Summer, less is more when it comes to your moisturiser. This is because it’s the most humid season, so the air has more moisture to keep skin dewy and glowy. As the Autumn months approach, it’s time to upgrade to a thick facial cream that offers hydration but also acts as a barrier between skin and the surrounding environment. This is the time to become BFFs with emollient and occlusive ingredients. Emollients soften the skin, making it less prone to dryness and roughness. Examples of emollients include Mineral Oil, Shea Butter, Ceramides, and Fatty Acids.
3. Stay on Top of SPF
Wear sunscreen every day. You should apply SPF products any time you will be outside. Even when it is windy, snowy, and rainy, you still need SPF since the sunlight penetrates through the cloudy sky and reflects off water. Yes, you need sunscreen in Autumn. This will prevent sunburns and free radical damage that accelerates skin aging.
4. Cool It on the Exfoliators
Exfoliating ingredients can be harsh on the skin. Though they have many benefits, they can also increase sensitivity, irritation, and redness. During Autumn when the skin is already experiencing a lot of changes, it might be time to reduce your usage of exfoliators and other strong active ingredients.
This is the time to give your skin a break from intense treatments and focus on moisturising and protecting. You can continue using a gentle exfoliator 1-2 times per week, but avoid over-exfoliating.
5. Lips Need Love, Too
One of the first skin-related symptoms many people experience when the seasons change is chapped lips. Prevent dry, cracked lips by taking care of your lips sooner rather than later. Keep a lip balm in your purse or pocket at all times and apply throughout the day. Not only will this hydrate your lips, but many lip balms contain protective ingredients that form a seal on the lips. This will come in handy on cool, dry, and windy Autumn days.
6. Body Lotion is a Must
Skincare routines often revolve around the face, but don’t forget about body care. When the warm summer days turn into chilly Autumn days, it’s probably time to grab a body lotion or body butter. The best time to apply body moisturiser is right when you get out of the shower. Even when your skin is still damp, apply a generous amount of body butter on your skin. This will help seal in that water, so you won’t suffer from dry hands, elbows, knees, and feet in the fall.
7. Avoid Skin-Stripping Ingredients
The last thing you want to do to your skin during Autumn is to apply skin-stripping ingredients. These will strip your skin of any remaining moisture, increasing susceptibility to dryness and dehydration. Avoid ingredients that strip the skin, such as fragrance and alcohol. Looking for products that are suitable for sensitive skin is a good way to avoid skin-stripping ingredients.
8. Use a Hydrating Cleanser
A good cleanser should wash away the build up of dirt, excess oil, and even dead skin cells. During the cooler months in Autumn, you don’t want to get rid of all of your skin’s natural oils. Those help keep skin moisturised. If your cleanser leaves your skin feeling tight, dry, and itchy, it may work too well. Look for a cleanser that’s gentle yet hydrating. Avoid foaming cleansers as they tend to be drying.
9. Say Yes to Facial Oils
Facial oils can leave your skin feeling too greasy and heavy in the summer, but here’s your reminder to incorporate them in Autumn. This is a great way to restore moisture balance during otherwise dry months. We highly recommend Argan Oil, Rosehip Oil, and most importantly our 5 Star Facial Serum which incorporates both of these as well as a huge list of other beneficial natural ingredients for any time of year. These oils are rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and moisture content.
10. Tread Lightly With Irritating Ingredients
People with sensitive skin, reactive skin, and skin conditions like eczema often complain of irritation and flare-ups as summer transitions into Autumn. One way to reduce skin irritation during is to avoid irritating ingredients. This may vary from person to person depending on the degree of sensitivity, but some irritating ingredients include fragrance, alcohol, strong acids, and sulfates. If you have sensitive skin, perform a patch test with new products and introduce them slowly to minimize irritation.