The sun has set on summer and we are now enjoying all that autumn has to offer. Unfortunately, as the seasons change, so can your skin and the care it needs.
With fall in full swing, it’s time to talk skin. Autumn brings cooler weather and a drop in humidity, which makes for dry, stale air and even drier skin.
Improper nutrition, stress, dehydration, poor skin care and environmental factors like harsh weather and seasonal changes are all factors that can play havoc with the skin, and it is essential to adjust our skin care routines to accommodate for these changes.
Whatever your summer experience was, your skin will need some help to get ready for the colder weather and potentially recover from the harsh effects of lazy days in the summer sun. Whether it’s repairing dry skin or combating summer pigmentation, here are my top tips to restore your skin to its best and to keep it hydrated for the months to come.
Speed Up Your Skin Renewal
During the cooler months, our skin shedding process tends to slow down, which means our skin can become drier, rougher and develop a dull-looking appearance. Without exfoliating on a regular basis, dry flaky skin can accumulate which can lead to clogged pores. To speed up skin cell renewal and rejuvenate the skin around the face, neck and décolletage, I recommend hydra-dermabrasion treatments that include physical exfoliation as well as hydrating infusions of hyaluronic acid.
These vital components will help to massage the skin, remove dead skin cells, and hydrate and stimulate collagen renewal. In addition, exfoliation helps hydrating creams and serums to penetrate the skin better.
For this, our Signature Facial includes ‘all the things’ — HydraFacial™, CBD lymphatic drainage, exfoliation, extractions, vortex serum infusion, cooling jelly mask and LED Light Therapy. This combination of therapies in one facial will help exfoliate dead skin cells, unclog pores, restore your skin's hydration levels, increase collagen and calm any inflammation.
Up Your Antioxidant Intake
Repairing the ailments from summer will help prevent breakouts and dry skin spells as the weather gets cooler. Adding an antioxidant such as Vitamin C or Retinol to your skin care regimen will help to neutralise the sun exposure you experienced from May to September.
Vitamin C protects skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure. It also inhibits melanin production in the skin, which helps to lighten hyperpigmentation and brown spots, even out skin tone, and enhances skin radiance.
Retinol increases skin cell turnover and stimulates collagen production. It also stimulates the production of new blood vessels in the skin, which improves skin colour, texture and soothes out rough patches. Retinol is also hailed the skin saviour product for lightening pigmentation! Work your way up slowly when introducing Vitamin A to your skincare routine - you don't want your skin to dry out or become sensitised.
In addition to changing your daily skin care routine for autumn, try a weekly hydration mask to keep your skin bright and radiant. A hydration mask, my favourite, these Derma Masks can be used once or twice a week, day or night. This provides a boost to your skin on a weekly basis and is also a great treatment to try when preparing for a big event.
Simply apply the smooth film to a clean face and leave on for a relaxing 20-30 minutes to reveal a more luminous and nourished skin tone.
The most important thing to remember is when the seasons change, so can your skin type. Your skin may be oily in summer, however as we move into autumn you might notice your skin turns more ‘normal’, or those with normal skin might notice their skin is dry.
Keep an eye on this, you may need to change your active skin care routine accordingly. If you are unsure as to whether your skin needs a new regime, book in for your complimentary skin consultation with us to see what skin care type you fall into. In addition to modifying your skin care rituals, it is crucial to take care of yourself from within. Always drink plenty of water and eat a well-balanced diet. The air can suck moisture right from your skin in autumn and winter.
Stay hydrated to keep your skin beautiful, beautiful!