If you’re starting to get the wellies and warm jumpers out, it’s also time to seasonalise your skincare routine!
During the heat of the summer, we often look to products that control oil, have a high SPF and will properly cleanse your skin after a day in the sun, chlorine and saltwater.
Autumn is a time of transition, you’re no longer in the hot summer months, but neither have you quite reached the super cold winter months. Use this time to heal the damage of the summer months and prepare your skin for the worst of the winter.
Try switching out your cleanser with a cream cleanser or cleansing balm. Facial washes are great for the summer, but they may strip your skin of its natural moisturiser if you’re using a strong version.
Creamy cleansers will help build the levels of moisturise you’ll need for the harsher months ahead and will leave your skin feeling super soft.
Most experts now recommend cleansing twice; once to remove make-up and any surface dregs and once to really clean the skin.
There’s a misconception that people with oily skin shouldn’t use facial oils as they will come out in blemishes. But the right blend can help rebalance your skin’s oil production. If you have problem skin you might want to opt for oils such as lemon, bergamot, lavender and evening primrose.
If you haven’t tried one yet, add a facial oil or serum to your skincare routine before you apply your moisturiser, and see if it helps plump and smooth your skin.
If the summer excess has taken its toll on your skin, add a regular exfoliation into your skincare regime to restore glowing skin.
Try an exfoliant with an oil base; it gives an extra moisture boost but still removes drab skin. In a case of your granny knows best, products like epsom salts are great at hydrating and detoxifying the skin while also giving a deep clean.
Top tip! Be gentle. We’re often a lot harder on our skin than the professionals, so remember to only exfoliate up to three times a week and choose a product that has fine grains.
UVA rays can penetrate cloud cover, so even though it feels like a cloudy and grey day, it doesn’t mean that your skin won’t be affected by the sun.
Wearing an SPF every day is an investment in your skin, you’ll be glad of the anti-ageing benefits. If your favourite moisturiser isn’t SPF ready, see if you can find a foundation or tinted moisturiser that is. Layering is about more than t-shirts!
Rock your November skincare and you’ll be ready to face the winter. Here are our top rated cream cleansers for inspiration: