Autumn and Winter Skin Care

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The start of a new season is often a good time to change your skincare routine, to adapt to the different conditions your skin will encounter.

Autumn is here, and with it comes the need to review our skincare routine. The natural reduction in sunlight often leads to us applying more makeup to compensate for that sun-kissed glow. Cold weather and central heating quickly dehydrate and stress our skin, but of course many of us now also have the additional skin problems caused by wearing a face covering, such as increased breakouts, dryness, and/or peeling.

This article gives an opportunity for those of you who like to know a bit more to geek out, but also includes simple tips on autumn skincare and how to combat mask if you simply want to take action.

Hydration

Our skin is a porous water-containing barrier protecting us from the environment. Hydration is essential for healthy, clear skin.

In autumn and winter we have two particular stressors, cold air and heated air. Cold air is far dryer than warm summer air sucking moisture from your skin. Heated environments such as the insides of our cars, homes and offices is also incredibly dry, and moving between hot and cold environments can stress our skin.


Tips

Avoid fragranced skin care, soaps, sensitising ingredients such as alcohol or essential oils of any kind;
Use a thicker moisturiser in autumn and winter'
Moisturise twice a day;
Turn your heating down;
Take shorter cooler baths and showers to reduce the removal of our own protective oil;
Moisturise straight after washing, locking moisture in;
Buy a humidifier for you bedroom; you want a good tank size, low noise levels and one that targets humidity rapidly. (You do not need to spend much.)
Reduce the amount of retinoids you use since the sun combats some of their drying effects by making your skin more oily;
Increase your Vitamin C intake and keep using sunscreen if your are outside; UV is still one of the biggest factors contributing to ageing skin;
Dry skin can itch and lead to eczema, so do not scratch! Applying a good moisturise will usually prevent this;
Increase your water intake. You should aim for two litres per day.

Exfoliation

At the end of summer, our skin needs to recover; you may want to use a deeper exfoliation such as a polish or try one of our chemical peels.

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