The days are getting shorter and colder (thank heavens!), it is time to get cosy. It is also time to switch up your skincare routine to adjust to the change of season. What are some of the most common skin concerns during this transitional period? The change in temperature and the central heating on can lead to an impaired moisture barrier. Skin can be more prone to dehydration and dryness. Likewise, a build-up of dead skin cells can make the skin look dull and lacklustre. Alternatively, it can be a cause of breakouts. How should you switch up your skincare routine for autumn?
How you cleanse your skin matters
Cleansing is an essential part of any skincare routine. It is the first step that will help you achieve healthy skin. In summer, due to the heat and humidity, even the driest skin can get oilier. Gel- and foam-based cleansers (even low pH ones) should make way for gentler, more nourishing cleansers like oils, balms, or creams. These types of cleansers will leave the skin feeling supple and comfortable despite the change of weather.
Switch up your moisturiser
It is time to swap light gel creams and lotions for more nourishing moisturisers. Yes, even oily needs hydration. Thick and heavy moisturisers aren’t necessarily everyone’s cup of tea. The ingredients to include in your routine include ceramides, lipids, glycerin, Hyaluronic acid. All of these ingredients help restore and protect the moisture barrier and prevent Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL).
Add a facial oil
Some people love good facial oils, others can’t stand them. But, once the weather turns, using a facial oil can be a much-needed step to achieve dewy, glowing skin. Not to mention – they hydrate and lock in the moisture. You can use a single ingredient oil or a blend. You can layer a facial oil over your moisturiser or use it instead of one.
Read more about the reasons why you should consider facial oil as a part of your routine.
Consider your actives
Some people ramp up their actives during the colder months. Others have to scale them back to a minimum. No matter what camp you belong to – you know your skin best.
If you feel actives like retinol or acids might leave your skin feeling dry or cause irritation, decrease the number of times you use them each week.
If you abstained from actives during the summer, autumn is a good time to reintroduce them into your skincare routine. The same rules apply, regardless of the time of the year – start slow and build up a tolerance to the products. Retinol is the gold standard – it boosts collagen synthesis, minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and treats sun damage.
Acids will brighten dull skin, stimulate deep cell renewal, and help fade hyperpigmentation. Likewise, for many, acids are a crucial step for treating and preventing breakouts.
No matter what type of active you plan to introduce to your routine, do it one at a time. And don’t forget to hydrate and soothe your skin to avoid side effects like dryness and irritation.
Soothe and repair with targeted skincare ingredients
Skin-soothing and replenishing ingredients will never go amiss, regardless of the time of the year or your skin type. Ingredients like Beta Glucan, Niacinamide, Bisabolol will soothe any irritation and sensitivity. But your skin doesn’t have to be out of balance to enjoy the benefits they offer.
Skin-replenishing ingredients hydrate the skin, restore and protect the moisture barrier. Ceramides, Omega fatty acids, amino acids are all popular and chances are you already have a product that contains them.