Autumn brings cooler temperatures and drier air, which can have an impact on the health and appearance of your skin. However, with the right skincare routine and some simple tips, you can maintain a radiant and glowing complexion throughout the season. Here's a detailed guide on how to keep your skin healthy and glowing during the autumn months:
As the air becomes drier, it's crucial to keep your skin hydrated. Although there is no evidence to suggest the amount of water you drink directly affects hydration levels in the skin, it is obviously good to drink water for your overall health. Additionally, incorporating hydrating foods into your diet, such as fruits, vegetables, and herbal teas are good for you…though they won't increase water levels in the skin!
2. Moisturise Regularly
Switch to a heavier, ointment-based moisturiser during autumn to provide your skin with the extra hydration it needs. Remember, we can't add water to the skin topically, we can only stop it from leaving the skin which is why, especially as the weather turns colder, an ointment based moisturiser is better than a cream! Don't forget to also use a SPF50 or higher to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Even if it's not sunny out, you will still be exposed to UV!
3. Exfoliate Gently
Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and promotes cell turnover, revealing a fresh and glowing complexion. However, avoid harsh exfoliants that can strip your skin of its natural oils. Instead of opting for alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or enzymes, which can damage the skin barrier, why not start tretinoin, which acts as a natural exfoliant by increasing cell turnover!? Your exfoliation routine may need adapted based on your skin type and sensitivity.
4. Protect Your Skin from the Sun
Even though the weather may be cooler, it doesn't mean you can skip sunscreen. UV rays can still damage your skin, even on cloudy days. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 50 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Remember to reapply every two hours, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors.
5. Use a Humidifier
Combat the dry indoor air by using a humidifier in your home or office. A humidifier adds moisture to the air, preventing your skin from becoming overly dry and maintaining a healthy glow.
6. Adjust Your Skincare Routine
Pay attention to your skin's changing needs during autumn. Personalise your skincare routine by incorporating moisturisers etc that you like the feel of on your skin. Although we don't believe serums or face masks target any specific skin concerns, they can provide some nourishment and hydration, so if you like and can afford them go ahead!
7. Protect Your Lips
Don't forget to take care of your lips, as they can also become dry and chapped during autumn. Use a hydrating lip balm or ointment to keep your lips moisturised and protected from the elements. Remember to protect your lips with SPF too!
8. Eat a Healthy Diet
Maintaining a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals does not always equate to healthy skin. However, incorporating foods that are high in antioxidants, such as berries, leafy greens, and nuts are good for your overall health! These nutrients help protect your body from oxidative stress.
9. Manage Stress Levels
Stress can take a toll on your skin's health and appearance. Practice stress management techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises to keep your stress levels in check. This can help promote a healthy and radiant complexion.
10. Get Enough Sleep
Adequate sleep is crucial for skin regeneration and maintaining a youthful glow. Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. Establish a bedtime routine and create a sleep-friendly environment to ensure you get the rest your skin needs.
By following these personalised tips and adopting a skincare routine tailored to the autumn season, you can keep your skin glowing and healthy throughout the autumn months. Embrace the changing season while taking care of your skin's changing needs.
Remember, a glowing complexion starts with consistent care, personalised skincare, and a healthy lifestyle.
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