Autumn Skin

Sorry to be the bearers of bad news but March means that summer is officially over (crying inside) Cooler months on the horizon not only means a drop-in temperature, but also a drop-in humidity levels, get that in the mix with your heater pumping full blast and hello skin disaster! Dehydrated and itchy skin hits as well as skin conditions such as eczema. It’s important to change switch up your skincare routine as well as making some lifestyle changes to keep skin feel hydrated and comfortable. Whatever you did during summer, your skin will need some extra prep to get ready for the cooler months and possibly recover from all the lazy days relaxing in the summer sun. How to restore and keep skin hydrated during a drop-in temperature:

Cover up:
: Beach trips and extended time outdoors may have led to some redness and/or peeling with your skin, its important to remember that just because the sun isn’t out, there are still harmful UV rays present! Never rely on sunscreen in makeup to prevent premature ageing and skin damage, even if you study or work inside or most of the day you need additional sunblock to prevent harmful UVA and UVB rays from penetrating the skin. But doesn’t SPF can cause breakouts? The short answer is no, not if you’re using a high-quality SPF which contains non-comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients. Go for a sunscreen that is lightweight and mattifying, and it won’t exasperate breakouts like our Clearing Defense SPF30

Layer up:
Just as you switch out your summer clothes for extra layers during cooler months, you need to also do this for your skin. Cleanse your skin at night and instantly coat It in a hydrating lotion to lock in moisture and prevent skin feeling tight and dehydrated or opt for a layer of hydrating lotion under your daily SPF moisturiser to keep skin soft and supple. Need extra nourishment? Apply a weekly mask to infuse skin with a much-needed hydration boost.

Start moisturising your body: : When summer ends, humidity levels drop. Less moisture in the air can lead to itchy, ashy dry patches on your skin, especially on areas like knees and elbows. Moisturisers provide a protective barrier over the skin, which allows it to retain hydration and draw hydration to the outer layer of the skin. Start moisturising your skin straight after the show when your skin when its still slightly damp to enable optimal absorption

Exfoliate: : During the cooler months, the rate your skin naturally exfoliates itself slows down which mean rough, dead skin cells can sit on the surface of the skin for longer, leaving your skin looking dull. Another reason to exfoliate is so you don’t accumulate dead skin on the surface which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. To normalise skin cell renewal start using an exfoliant 1-2 x per week, if you suffer from breakouts a physical exfoliant is often not the best choice, the friction involved in using a physical exfoliant can irritate already inflamed skin and make existing breakouts worse by slowing down the healing process. Using a chemical exfoliant is more suitable rather than a physical one for breakout prone skin.

Say hello to cuticle oil: : Skin around the nails can get dry too! Cuticles that are exposed to excessive cold weather can become chapped, cracked, and dry. In cases of extreme dryness and damage, cuticle oil can help moisturize your cuticle and nail, restoring it to health. Applying cuticle oil can increase the circulation around your nails, stimulating nail growth. It can also help to protect your nail and cuticle against trauma. Cuticle oil is commonly made up of vegetable oils and sometimes contains vitamins and citric acid to keep your nails healthy and strong.

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