Posted on September 18 2015
With September now in full swing and the weather taking a turn, it’s safe to say that autumn is, without a doubt, well on its way.
Most of us have spent our summer exposing our skin to harsh environmental elements; sea, sand, sun, insect repellents and the like. With the prospects of winter looming over our heads and with it, a colder, frostier climate to contend with, will of course bring with it another set of adverse conditions that our poor skin will have to deal with. The central heating will get cranked up, drying up the air around us – and as a result we’ll be exposing our skin to extreme hot – cold conditions as we scurry in and out, busy with our daily routines.
When you take the above into consideration, you realise that autumn is a really important time of year, it’s the season that bridges summer and winter - arguably two of the harshest seasons of the year. It makes sense that your autumn skincare routine should be spent repairing summer damage whilst also protecting and nourishing in preparation for the cold winter ahead.
Switch to creams
If you’ve spent the summer using light lotions to moisturise your skin, now is a good time to switch to a richer oil based cream. They provide an effective barrier on the skin, preventing essential moisture loss whilst also protecting from any harsh environmental factors. You would definitely see the difference if you incorporate a richer cream into your routine at this time of the year. It can not only repair any damage caused during summer, but will help protect against the winter ahead.
Ditch harsh soaps, scrubs and shampoos
The months ahead are going to dry out your skin and hair. Using harsh soaps and shampoos will strip away natural oils making skin and hair even more vulnerable to dryness and breakage in the cold weather. Use gentle soaps or cleansers with a naturally high content of oils that won’t dry your skin. Sulfate free formulas are kinder on skin and hair and offer gentle cleansing, an important aspect to think about when you are trying to repair sun damage and protect for winter.
Just because the sun doesn’t feel as harsh in autumn as it does in the summer, doesn’t mean you stop using SPF. Make sure you apply some sort of sunscreen daily, the sun’s rays can still damage your skin even in autumn!
Drink Plenty of water – This should go without saying, but we thought we’d add it in regardless. Whatever the weather keeping hydrated is essential for all round health and wellbeing. Dry skin is often a sign that your body is dehydrated and is easily avoided by simply drinking water!
It’s tempting to stop exfoliating in the colder months, especially when we start piling on the layers to keep warm. But regular exfoliating even in autumn and winter is quite important. It removes dead skin cells on the body and prepares your skin so that it can absorb those rich creams you’ve started using. Try using natural oil based scrubs but make sure you don’t overdo it, one a week is more than enough.
Invest some time in taking care of your skin and hair, paying particular attention to your lips and hands. Whip out the lip balm and hand cream now, they’ll be moisturised and soft come winter.