You might already be thinking about updating your wardrobe with Autumn essentials, but are you preparing your skin for the season? With the changing weather, it’s important to make some changes to your skincare routine to give your skin a fighting start for winter.
Top Skincare Tips for Autumn
1. Drink plenty of water.
In autumn and winter, dehydration is your main enemy. Dryness and redness is often the result of dehydration, especially if you’re working in offices with heaters pumping out dry air all the time! Drink a glass of water to flush toxins out of your body each morning.
2. Take short, cool showers.
There’s nothing more tempting after a long day than to relax in a long, warm shower. However, this isn’t necessarily good for our skin, which suffers from exposure to extreme temperatures and sudden changes in temperature. Hot water strips the natural oils from your skin, which can result in red and itchy skin. So try warm water instead of hot and don’t stay in for too long – it’s also better for the environment!
3. Use lip balm.
Our lips are the first to suffer in cold weather as they are the most exposed and they don’t produce oil in the same way as the rest of our skin. This makes lip balm an important protective layer! Applying every morning and evening to protect against irritation and to give them a chance to heal. You can also use a lip scrub once a week to help promote new skin growth!
4. Choose the right moisturiser.
Oil may sound like the devil when it comes to skincare, but oil-based moisturisers trap moisture in the skin and prevent it from becoming dry. Choosing an oil-based moisturiser in winter keeps your skin hydrated for longer. Apply after washing or showering for best effect as your pores are open and will absorb the moisturiser well. Don’t forget your hands, as well.
5. Don’t forget to exfoliate.
Exfoliator removes the dead cells from our skin, activates the epidermis, stimulating the regeneration of new cells and allowing the skin to absorb the moisturisers we use. Make sure you use exfoliators on clean skin and use a soothing moisturiser afterwards. Finally, be aware of the frequency of use – if you exfoliate too often, you can irritate the skin and make dryness worse!
6. Always remove your make-up.
Never forget to remove your makeup! Forgetting to remove makeup is one of the worst skincare crimes there is. Cleansing is essential to prevent ageing, maintain the flexibility and brightness of the skin and prevent pores from clogging up. Purify your skin with a gentle cleanser in winter that contains no harsh chemicals or alcohol which can also be damaging, making cracked skin even worse.
7. Wrap up warm.
The skin on your hands and face is the skin which is exposed during cold weather. The first step towards protecting it is to wrap up and prevent exposure to cold winds and rain. Choose scarves and gloves made from natural, breathable fibres so that they don’t irritate your skin.
8. Suncream isn’t just for summer.
If you’re exposed to the sun, you can still burn or be exposed to damaging UV rays. Wear a moisturiser with SPF and UV protection if you’re going to be out in the sun and if you’re in the mountains, take extra precautions. When you’re skiing, you’re at high altitude with extreme temperature, weather and UV glare. You can suffer from windburn, sunburn and cracked lips after very little exposure. Ensure you wear at least SPF30 suncream and remember to reapply!