As we move into the new season, our skin can feel sensitive, dry, dehydrated and seriously lacklustre due to environmental changes and central heating. Whilst we habitually adapt our wardrobes with cable knit sweaters and winter coats, our skin and haircare routines often go unchanged when they too should benefit from a seasonal switch up.
It’s time to bid adieu to those lightweight oil-free Summer staples and make way for hardworking formulas that’ll promise to keep your skin happy right through to the festive period. We won’t rest until we have perfectly blushed and dewy cheeks to rival the merry man Santa himself.
From rich moisturisers, creamy cleansers and enriching body lotions – get ready to weather proof your pores with these Autumn beauty heroes!
1. Opt for a heavier moisturiser
It may seem obvious but upgrading your lightweight moisturiser for a seriously hydrating cream instead can work wonders for dry skin on both your face and body. Look for non-comedogenic products that contain ceramides for repairing the skin’s moisture barrier which is easily broken down in the Winter months.
2. Layer up right
Apply your face products from the thinnest consistency to the thickest. Start with your serums, then go in with your face oils and finish with creams and SPF. SPF should always be applied last in your skincare routine and before makeup.
3. Give it time to absorb
If you’re layering up several face products, allow enough time between applications for each product to absorb and work effectively. Patience is a virtue!
4. Apply in gentle upward sweeps
Apply your face and body moisturiser in upward strokes to help with circulation and lymphatic drainage.
5. Don’t forget your neck!
Along with your hands, your décolletage is one of the quickest areas to age. Taking the products you use on your face down your neck and chest will ensure you’re keeping your skin supple and hydrated.
6. Be gentle
Use your fingertips to apply your face moisturiser, taking particular care around the delicate eye area to prevent tugging. Use your ring finger to gently tap product in a figure of eight around your orbit bone.
7. Check your ingredients
It might not be necessary to completely overhaul your moisturising routine for Winter but tweaking some products will help keep your skin happy. Look for humectants such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin – these are ingredients that hydrate the skin by attracting water like a magnet.
8. Stick to gentle exfoliation
Without light exfoliation, skin will stay dry and dull no matter how many creams and oils you apply. Opt for a product with a gentle glycolic to buff away dead skin cells once a week to allow better penetration of your moisturiser.