As the leaves change colour and the weather turns cooler, it's not just our bodies we need to protect from the colder climates.
Autumn is a great time to allow skin to repair itself from any damage the summer months have caused, however, like your wardrobe, you need to adjust your skincare routine to suit the new season. As the temperature drops, the humidity in the air lessens, making the water in your skin evaporate at a faster rate. Additionally, if your skin has had a lot of exposure to the sun during the summer, it may already be dehydrated. This means that we need to take more care when it comes to hydrating our skin by using products which are deeply nourishing and those that lock moisture in to the deeper layers of the skin. To achieve a beautiful autumnal glow, we'd recommend following these simple steps...
Now this isn't exactly ground breaking. You should always cleanse, whatever the weather. However, you may need to consider changing your cleanser from the one you've been using throughout summer. Always use a soap-free cleanser and avoid foams as these dry the skin out. Instead, try using a balm, oil or cream cleanser which are all extra hydrating.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and helps other products penetrate deeper into the skin. Although it can be tempting to scrub your skin like you're trying to remove stubborn burn marks off of a pan, by doing this, you're actually scratching the surface of the skin. Instead, you should gently rub your exfoliator in circular motions, allowing the product to do its job in a non-harmful way. During the colder months, opt for oil-based exfoliators, or create your own. Check out this website for some fab DIY recipes using store-cupboard ingredients.
Now that you've done your prep, your skin is ready to lock in that moisture. Switch to a slightly heavier product for the cooler months in order to replenish the moisture lost through central heating and cold weather. Our Organic Nourishing Avocado & Evening Primrose Facial Oil is perfect for drier skins and colder months as Avocado Oil is rich in Vitamin E and monounsaturated fatty acids which help to smooth, nourish and soften the skin for a silky-soft complexion. The antioxidant properties of the Oil can also help to soothe sunburn and help to nourish extremely dry or chapped skin. As a carrier Oil, Avocado quickly sinks into the skin, locking in moisture, preventing the complexion from drying out. Its floral partner, Evening Primrose, often used by eczema sufferers, relieves the itching and irritation, whilst deeply nourishing the skin to leave it soft, soothed and hydrated.
Treat your skin to a nourishing face mask 1 - 2 times a week to help cleanse and hydrate the skin. Try mashing a quarter of an avocado and combining it with 1 tbsp. of cocoa powder, 1 tbsp. of honey and 2 - 3 drops of our Organic Rehydrating Rosehip & Rosemary Facial Oil. Apply to a freshly cleansed and exfoliated face for 10 minutes, remove with warm water. And don't forget to moisturise afterwards!
Like Santa, just because you can't see the sun, doesn't mean it doesn't exist! Remember to use sun protection even throughout the darker months to protect skin from harmful UV rays.