Autumn’s drizzly, windy days and dark chilly nights leave us yearning to cuddle up in our PJ’s and blast on the heating. We pack away our summer clothes and replace them with our woolly favorites. We adapt our daily routines to accommodate the weather, our desire for cozy foods and longing for hibernation. But one thing we often forget about is our need to adjust our skincare to the needs of our skin.
The change of season usually indicates a change in your skin’s needs and the way it behaves, often resulting in sensitivity, dryness, breakouts, and general dullness. This is because our skin becomes more dehydrated as its exposed to the drying effects of central heating and vulnerable to trans epidermal water loss due to the wind, cold and pollution. Dry skin cells start to build up causing a lack lustre appearance. In addition, sebum can become trapped beneath the buildup of dead cells causing ‘mysterious’ breakouts.
Follow these 3 easy Tips to Prevent:
- Evaporation of Moisture from the Skin
- Unnecessary fine lines caused by Dehydration
- Dry and Dull Skin
- Sensitivity, Irritation and Redness
Here are my tips to keep your skin bright, clear and hydrated without overhauling your entire skincare regime.
TIP 1: Take a look at your Cleanser
During the warmer months, a face wash can feel refreshing but during the autumn and winter months frothy cleansers can be drying. Those that contain sulfate and froth easily tend to strip the skin of essential natural oils that exist to protect and lubricate the skin.
Switch to a richer oil or cream based cleanser which helps to maintain the skins barrier (the ability to function efficiently).
I love Lewin & Reilly Kukui Replenishing Oil Cleanser handmade on Waiheke Island. I import this for myself and my clients on special request. Another favoUrite is Ishga’s Active Cleansing Lotion. Both extremely kind to the skin and sublime to use.
If you prefer the feeling of a wash, go for a less harsh coconut or plant based surfactant (the frothy bit that cleanses) like Alumier’s Purifying Gel Cleanser available at Soothe.
TIP 2: Boost your Hydration Levels with Specialist Serums
Toners are a quick and easy way of providing a veil of additional moisture to the skin. Wipe an alcohol-free toner over the skin after cleansing and immediately apply a Hyaluronic Acid based serum or moisturizer whilst the skin is still damp to seal in the moisture. A Hyaluronic Acid Molecule can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water and so a good quality serum can seriously boost hydration levels. I’m in love with Alumier’s Ultimate Boost Serum enriched with anti-ageing peptides and antioxidants to protect the skin against damage from the environment. I’ve seen a dramatic reduction in the dehydration and irritation of my sensitive skin and a noticeable diminishing of fine lines.
To check out Alumier’s paraben, dye and sulfate free cosmeceutical skincare visit www.alumiermd.co.uk/join and type in your unique access code: 25388761.
TIP 3: Review your Moisturiser’s Moisturising Ability!
A light moisturising cream suitable in the Summer might not work so well in the Autumn. This is because our skin loses more moisture to central heating, wind and cold and becomes a little more ‘needy’. It’s essential to firstly prevent moisture loss but also to replenish it.
Look for something that is lipid rich. Natural ingredients like nut seed oils and plant oils combined with ingredients that hydrate and strengthen the skin.
My favorites are Ishga Nourishing Face Oil, Alumier’s HydraDew and Sisley’s Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream.
Your skin needs to speak to you when you apply your moisturiser. Pay attention to how it feels when you apply your cream. If you feel indifferent the chances are it’s not going to do the job it needs to (or is claiming to do) or perhaps it’s of a poor quality and not actually nourishing the skin.
Here’s how one of my clients describes her skin speaking to her: “The cleanser and balm are AMAZING! Hands down the best products I’ve used. I actually hear my skin saying “thank you”. 😊
So, there it is. Three simple steps to make a start on. You don’t need to go barmy and change everything but there’s even more you can do. You can wait to read about these extra steps in another blog of mine or make an appointment to see me when we’ll chat about your skin and all the things in your life that are influencing the condition of your skin and the types of treatments available to you to boost your hydration levels and improve the appearance and behaviour of your skin.
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