Fall into autumn’s new beauty products
How to transition your beauty regime from summer to autumn with these 6 steps
Summer is the time for light skincare, minimal beauty and effortlessly glowing makeup but, when autumn comes around and the Mediterranean tan starts to fade, you may find you need a little more ‘oomph’ to you routine. Of course, you’ll still need your staples such as SPF and a decent cleanser but, here’s our round up of the changes you could make to feel your best.
1. Swap your gel cleanser for a cream version
Gel cleansers are great when you don’t need quite as much hydration during humid months. However, humidity levels drop significantly in autumn and winter and your skin may feel parched after using one.
Instead, we suggest using a richer, creamier formula to nourish your skin while you cleanse. This one from SkinCeuticals is particularly nice as it contains glycerin, a great humectant for the skin as well as cetyl alcohol, a fatty alcohol great as a skin emollient - this ingredient is not to be confused with other alcohols in skincare which can strip the skin, think, denatured alcohol or SD alcohol which should be avoided.
2. Detoxify skin post-barbecue season with a BHA rich mask
If you’ve been over indulging a little in the Summer with too many BBQs and sugar-filled cocktails, your skin may be crying out for a little detox. The humid weather can be attributed to more congested skin and this mask from budget-friendly brand The Ordinary is a good option for skin suffering with blackheads or surface texture. It contains charcoal and clays, leaving the skin smooth and clarified.
3. Treat sun-damaged skin with brightening ingredients
Sun-spots are one of the hardest skin issues to treat and with the Summers seemingly getting hotter and sunnier, the likelihood of sun-damaged skin is higher. Of course, prevention is better than cure and SPF is the only preventative for sunspots, but if you find yourself still accumulating a few, attack them head on with this new Dark Spot corrector from Tata Harper. Formulated with AHAs and BHAs, this essence will word hard to reduce the look of hyper-pigmentation.
4. Re-introduce facial oils
Oils can be too heavy for Spring/Summer and Autumn is the perfect time to re-evaluate your skins needs. Specially formulated for the Autumn season, hence the name, is this choice from deMamiel. You only need a few drops to reap the nourishing benefits and it will soothe irritated, inflamed skin.
5. Don’t forget your SPF in Autumn and Winter
We have all been guilty of skipping SPF during cold and cloudy days, but UVA rays still penetrate the skin and cause deep damage. If you can’t stand the sticky sunscreens, the Heliocare 360 range is fantastic. It will give high 50+ SPF broad spectrum sun protection and sit very well under makeup, not being chalky, sticky or greasy. Alternatively, use the brand’s Colour Gel for SPF and coverage in one handy product.
6. Customise your colour
Do you have a dressing table full of foundations and concealers that are suited to when you’re more tanned or verging on the paler side of the melanin spectrum? What you might need is a product to alter the colour according to your fading tan. We are typically paler during winter but that tricky time in between shades can be hard to match. The new Pro-Customiser from Urban Decay gives you the option to add as little or as much of the white pigment to suit your skin tone all year round.