Autumn skincare tips
It’s often overlooked, but changing your autumn beauty routine is just as important as changing your wardrobe. As the weather transitions so do your hormones, so making the switch from light to heavy moisturisers should be as common as going from sandals to boots.
Step up your moisturiser
Lightweight moisturisers are popular in summer, with some even skipping it altogether. But when the cold creeps in, so does the dry air, and that biting wind you feel on your skin is a sign to give your skin more hydration. Getting your hands on a slightly heavier and thicker moisturiser ensures that your make-up will go on easily and smoothly, without any dry or flaky skin getting in the way. And in the same vein, it’s also helpful to use a daily moisturiser with at least SPF 30 - just because it’s cloudy doesn’t mean the sun’s rays can’t get through. Any moisturiser that includes Vitamins A, C and E are ideal, since they are excellent sources of antioxidants, help neutralise sun damage and help prevent aging.
While clay masks and toners are helpful in the summer, they can be a bit harsh once autumn and winter come round. In general, you skin reacts better to gentle products that hydrate, and facial masks are a great way to treat your skin. Look for products that include aloe vera, essential oils or even oatmeal bases to help rejuvenate your dry skin.
Build up the balm
It seems like a no-brainer, but keeping a stock of body lotion and lip balm on hand will do wonders. It’s easy to skimp on stuff like body lotion in the summer, since we immediately go for the sunscreen, but if you keep some lip balm at your work desk or body lotion on your bedside table, it will be easier to remember to keep your skin hydrated through the next few months.
Soft as silk
It's also time to switch up something you might not associate with healthy skin - your pillowcase. Using a silk pillowcase to sleep on at night has proven to be much gentler on your skin and hair than other fabrics. Silk is hypoallergenic and contains amino acids that are compatible with skin, so it leaves you with less redness, dryness and breakouts. It also adjusts to temperatures, which means it will keep you warm in the cold winters and cool in the summer.