Your skin is largely affected by the environment and conditions that surround it. As summer transitions into autumn and autumn transitions into winter, the changes in the climate greatly influence your complexion as it reacts to its new surroundings. This means that as the seasons change, so does your skin, and so should the way you take care of it.
As the summer sun begins to fade and the autumnal transition begins to lead us further towards wintery weather, it’s important to check in on both your skin and your mental health to adjust your care where needed. Seasonal adjustment can be tricky and can often take a toll on both your mind and your complexion, and we always want to encourage all-round self-care. So, we’re here to give you all our tips and tricks on how to properly transition your self-care habits to make your seasonal adjustment as smooth as possible.
Daily skincare routine for summer into autumn
Autumn brings a variety of joys – cosy jumpers, cinnamon scented candles and pumpkin spice lattes. However, as summer transitions into autumn, the air gets colder and our skin gets dryer. To combat this, it’s vital to switch up your skincare products and create a routine that protects your skin throughout the changing weather.
It’s a no-brainer that you should be cleansing your face no matter the season. Throughout the day dirt, oil, bacteria and pollutants can build up on your skin, so it’s important to make sure you’re washing your face and keeping it clean. But, as the weather gets colder, skin often begins to dry out and become cracked and sensitive. To avoid this, using a moisturising yet gentle cleanser is the best way to cleanse your skin without irritating or drying it out. We recommend Josh Rosebrook’s Complete Moisture Cleanse – A gentle and PH balanced cleanser that provides delicate cleansing and hydration for all skin types.
Toning is vital for helping to restore your skins natural PH, hydration and nutrient balances. After cleansing, your skin has been stripped of dirt and oils, meaning it’s time to give it some moisture and balance. When transitioning into the autumn months, your skin can become even more affected by dryness and imbalances, so this means that a hydrating toner is more important than ever. To help calm the skin and restore moisture during this seasonal transition, we recommend using Indie Lee’s COQ-10 Toner – An alcohol-free toner containing antioxidants for skin health, as well as aloe vera and hyaluronic acid for deep hydration and balanced moisture levels.
Serums are great for treating specific skin issues. The transition into autumn means that skin often can become dry, dull and fatigued, and may struggle to retain hydration. But don’t stress, serums are the perfect way to help combat these issues. When adjusting to the colder months, we love to use Yuli’s Ambrosia Beauty Nectar Serum – A deeply hydrating, anti-ageing and skin-boosting serum that contains next-generation phytonutrients and helps to improve moisture retention and soothe fatigued skin.
What’s the biggest skin issue in colder seasons? You got it – dryness. So, it’s no surprise that when transitioning from summer into autumn and winter that a good, rich moisturiser is your golden ticket to healthy, soft and revitalised skin. The product we love for intense moisturisation is Josh Rosebrook’s Vital Balm Cream – A uniquely effective moisturiser that combines the effects of a balm with the absorbance of a cream. This moisturiser helps to provide maximum skin-cell hydration, restore skin-cell health and support skin-cell regeneration. A luxurious way to increase moisture retention and keep your skin feeling soft, smooth and plump.
Missing the sun and adjusting to the cold
Less sun, shorter days and darker evenings can take a bigger toll on your overall happiness than you might expect. Just as it’s important to take care of your skin, it’s also important to take care of your mind. To avoid seasonal lows, make the most of everything the colder seasons bring. Unwind with a hot drink, a blanket and a book in front of the fire or relax in the bath with warm lighting and a scented candle. One of our favourite candles is Lost in Scent’s Himalaya Candle – a candle with the warm and comforting scents of Oudh, Vetiver and Sandalwood.
It’s important to remember that although the sun may be gone, UV rays are still very much present, and your skin is at just as much risk of UV damage as it is at any other time. This is why we really must stress how important it is to be wearing a good SPF sunscreen every single day – no exceptions! A good sun cream is absolutely an all-year-round skincare staple. You should, no matter what, be applying a broad-spectrum sun cream every day. One of our favourite SPF lotions is the Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Clear Zinc Sunscreen – A natural, non-nano, hypoallergenic, lightweight and water-resistant sunscreen that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays while providing your skin with a healthy dose of vitamins and antioxidants.
Say no to flaky skin
Dry skin can lead to cracking, and cracking leads to flaking, and no one wants flaky skin. To combat and avoid dry patches of flaky skin as we move into autumn, it’s a good idea to use an exfoliator a few times a week. To slough away dry, dead and dull skin-cells we recommend The Body Deli’s Blueberry Fusion Micro-Scrub – A natural antioxidant facial scrub that contains natural earth particles and high-potency natural acids that remove dead skin cells to reveal brighter, revitalised skin.
Avoid chapped lips
Dry weather can unfortunately result in dry, chapped lips. To keep your lips soft, smooth, plump and hydrated, make sure to use an effective lip balm every day. Some of our favourite lips balms are the S.W. Basics Lip Balms – A great set of natural, wonderfully scented and effective lip balms in a range of autumnal and festive scents. Containing only four ingredients, these lip balms are beeswax-based, 100% organic and contain a variety of hydrating and organic essential oils.