Seasons change, and unfortunately for some, so does our skin. Your complexion may not act like it, but believe it or not your skin actually loves consistency. So when the dark mornings start to draw in and the temperature takes a dip, it’s more than likely that your skin may decide to go with it.
However, your skin doesn’t have to feel the brunt of autumn all on its own. There are a few handy tips to take note of that will help ease itself into the new season, without switching up your routine too much. Here are the best ways to battle the elements…
Whether we’re set for an Indian summer or not, the change in temperature won’t just affect your wardrobe, it can make the skin of your face and body go into flux. So, how does cold weather affect the skin? It’s all about the drop in humidity. Moisture in the air isn’t always great for your hair, but for your skin, this is what helps your face and body resist dryness. As the humidity dips, your skin has to work harder to compensate for the loss of moisture. It doesn’t matter what your skin type is, everyone is susceptible to enhanced dehydration and temporary reactiveness – even those with the oiliest skin.
Escentual Recommends: For a super boost of hydration, opt for a hyaluronic acid treatment in your routine this season. We love the La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum for its skin-plumping abilities. Containing both hyaluronic acid and vitamin b5, this moisturising and repairing hybrid will undo some of the damage of summer, whilst hydrating your skin to make up for lost moisture that is attributed to low humidity.
The switch to darker mornings may mean you struggle to wake up on time. But there’s a hidden bonus in the darker evenings, as (fingers crossed) you’ll be getting into bed and heading off to sleep earlier, meaning your skin has more time to regenerate and renew itself. However, as there’s less oil production from your skin at night, that combined with the drop in humidity means plying your skin with nourishment and moisture whilst you sleep is essential.
Escentual Recommends: For an overnight boost, slather your skin in a dose of the Nuxe Reve de Miel Repairing Super Balm. Its 97% natural formula not only replenishes lost moisture, but it also uses its world-famous combination of beeswax and botanical oils to deeply repair skin, letting you wake up to smooth, glowing results. Plus, we all know windy and cold weather also takes its toll on your lips, so apply a thick layer of the Super Balm to your pout and leave to sink in overnight for perfectly kissable lips by morning.
Pumpkin spice lattes and switching on your central heating usually go hand in hand. To do its job properly, central heating tends to suck moisture out of the air to keep us nice and warm. So if you leave your heating on overnight, or you have it on every day in the office, this just reiterates how important moisture is to your skin during this phase.
Escentual Recommends: The iconic Clarins Blue Orchid Oil is my top product pick for every season. Its ability to hydrate, smooth and add radiance to thirsty skin is second to none, and there’s a strong reason why it’s rated 5 stars at Escentual.
There’s nothing better than a hot bath after an evening in the cold, but if your skin is particularly dry or sensitive, this may not be as helpful as you’d want it to be. Now warm baths are great, but raised temperature doesn’t bode well with our skin during the seasonal transition, as the hot water encourages skin reactiveness and dryness. To get the best from your bath, make sure you’re running the cold tap alongside and swirl in a skin-comforting oil that will cocoon your skin in extra protection whilst you cleanse.
Escentual Recommends: A firm favourite of mine is the REN Atlantic Kelp and Microalgae Anti-Fatigue Bath Oil. Not only does it boost and brighten your skin, but it smells incredible. Its softening concentration of omega 6 and 9 replenish lipids in the skin to create a smooth and protective barrier, and its star ingredient, Atlantic kelp will replace lost nutrients.
I’m a sucker for junk food when it gets colder, maybe it’s nature’s way of forcing me into hibernation mode! But after speaking to the girls in HQ, I know I’m not alone. Without stating the obvious, a heavy sugar intake and a high carb diet may encourage your skin to breakout more during the seasonal switch, so although its tough, it’s also good to be mindful of treats during this time.
Escentual Recommends: If breakouts are quite common for you during the seasonal switch, it’s best to keep a blemish treatment tucked away in your drawer for any occasion that unexpected spots that may choose to arise.PAYOT Spéciale 5 Drying and Purifying Gel is the treatment you need. Combining the blemish-busting powers of sulphur to dry out spots and salicylic acid to purify and delicately exfoliate, expect bumps, lumps and whiteheads to heal more quickly when you use this overnight.