Skincare is seasonal. Your skin changes – quite literally – with the weather, and you need to be flexible with your regime to accommodate that. It’s important to change up your products depending on what your skin needs, and as summer is starting to fall into autumn – there are some important changes to make.
One of the biggest changes in the transitioning of seasons is temperature. As it gets colder and less humid, our skin gets dryer and dehydrated – and we need to use creamier, more hydrating products.
With this change in weather also comes a change in lifestyle; we spend more time indoors with central heating, before braving it out in the wind and rain. These frequent, drastic changes in temperature and environment can cause havoc to our skin and actually start to breakdown the skin’s protective barrier. As this barrier starts to function less optimally, your skin will start to flare up with redness and irritation – so to counteract this you will need to use calming, restorative products.
Dr Jart+’s Cicapair Tiger Grass Repair serum works to combat redness and irritation. It is water-based, so will have a soothing effect on the skin, while its green tint will work to colour correct any redness. Its key ingredient, ‘Tiger Grass’, encourages cell turnover for maximum healing, helping to restore the skin’s protective barrier. It is actually said that Tiger Grass earnt its name by tigers in Asia rolling on it to help heal their wounds – so this will really work to restore any damage brought about by seasonal change.
Aesop’s Elemental Facial Barrier Cream acts as a shield against environmental aggressors – protecting your skin against the increase in wind and rain. One of its main ingredients is Shea Butter – which is very hydrating and nourishing. Ideal for even sensitive skin, this will keep your skin soothed and moisturised throughout the day.
The changes in humidity levels from Summer to Autumn can really disturb hydration levels in the skin, so an oil like Clarin’s Blue Orchid Treatment Oil is perfect to add to your moisturiser when your skin feels in the need of something extra. You might find that on a particularly cold or windy day, your skin will need a super hydrating product like a facial oil to stay healthy.
As Autumn comes around, we start to see less and less of summer sun – and while this definitely does not mean to stop wearing a daily SPF – it does give you a bit more freedom to play around with products that can make the skin light sensitive. A retinol product has countless benefits for skin health – from anti-aging to clearing acne-scarring, to overall brightness and plumpness – and now is the ideal time to add it into your routine.
Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil has high levels of retinol for you to reap those benefits, while also being in oil form – meaning its exfoliating properties will not dry out the skin. This oil also contains Blue Tansy extract, which is famous for being anti-inflammatory and anti-redness – to keep your complexion calm and clear.
Cleansing OilKiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
When it comes to the cleansing part of your autumn skin routine, you might want to swap in a hydrating cleansing oil. The oil will break down any make-up or products on your skin, which is great to remove some of the heavier products you will be using throughout the day. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil uses squalene to mimic skin lipids, which really helps to strengthen your skin’s barrier – cleaning your skin in a non-abrasive, non-drying way.
Cleanser + Exfoliator
A double cleansing routine is great for when there’s a lot of product on your skin throughout the day. It prevents pores from getting clogged from using heavier products and also allows the skin to properly absorb any product applied to it after cleansing. After your cleansing oil, go in with a simple cleanser like Clarin’s Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Foreo’s Luna Face Brush.
Luna is a face brush for sensitive skin, meaning you can get the benefits of a physical exfoliant without the harshness of a scrub and the risk of inflaming already irritated skin. It will work to remove any dead skin cells, preventing the flakiness that can come with dry skin, while the Shea Butter in Clarin’s Gentle Foaming Cleanser will lock in moisturise while cleansing.
Words by Allegra Campbell Boreham
Graphics by Georgia Walters