The days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping and the air is becoming drier. Autumn has officially arrived!
But while cosy jumpers, pumpkin spiced everything and hot chocolates might be on the horizon, the cooler climes don’t necessarily mean good news for your skin.
Autumn brings cooler weather and a drop in humidity, which makes for dry, stale air and even drier skin. As a time of transition, autumn is the best time to rejuvenate and repair your skin by correcting any summer damage and preparing your complexion for winter.To keep your skin in great condition, here are four tips to prevent autumnal skin problems.
Try a thicker moisturiser
Say goodbye to the lightweight, oil free moisturiser you’ve been slathering on all summer. It’s time to use a heftier hydrator. A richer cream containing ceramides, which are the “essential and healthy fatty acids that occur naturally in the skin but need to be replenished during the colder months.” Jouvence Aesthetics top pick if you have any dry skin conditions is CeraVe’s Moisturizing Cream, which is also packed with moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid.
For those with oily skin, applying a heavy cream can feel a little too much but you can still benefit from additional moisturising come winter. Instead of skipping it altogether look for a light, oil-free formula.
Add a rich body lotion to the mix
When summer humidity ends, the skin may start to feel dry and itchy, as there is much less moisture in the air to help hydrate, plus the drying effects of central heating. The easiest way to maintain skin hydration from head to toe is a good body lotion or body butter. Moisturisers provide a protective barrier over the skin, allowing it to retain hydration and to also draw in hydration to the outer skin layer.
Cut back on exfoliating
As the weather gets colder, it’s best to cut back on harsher products, such as face scrubs, which can damage skin if its drier. Use a facial oil or balm to cleanse gently but efficiently. Jouvence Aesthetics favourite is Elemis Rose Cleansing Balm.
Invest in a humidifier
Boost the hydration in your home by adding your own moisturiser to the mix with the help of a humidifier. Turn it on as soon as you put the heat on for best results and beat the problem of dry air drying your skin.
Dont forget Lips
The effects of the suns rays combined with the onset of cold weather can leave you with dry, chapped lips so investing in the right lip balm is key.
As lips lack the waterproofing outer layer that skin has they’re more sensitive to moisture loss so for best results looks for ingredients like Beeswax, shea butter and petrolatum which will prevent and repair chapping. Berts Bees lip balms are one of our favourites.