In a few weeks, the clocks will change and we’ll be well and truly into autumn. Probably my favourite season as I associate it with everything cosy. Autumn can be a beautiful time of year. Not too hot, not too cold and the perfect opportunity to start looking at your style, skincare and makeup choices as we transition into the harsh winter weather.
Getting your wardrobe ready is the easiest thing to do as you enter into autumn. You can start to layer your clothes – cardigans, over dresses, over tights… It’s about keeping your body warm and embracing the warmer, richer autumn colour palette. I love it as not only do I get to go on a shopping spree for women’s fluffy slippers and heavy, cosy knits, but I can start showcasing some beautiful coats and boots too. Now is a good time to pick up any basics you might need for the Autumn weather and get any repairs made to clothing or boots that you never got around to last year. Autumn style transitioning is easy, but skincare and makeup for the new season can be harder to navigate.
Have a look at my favourite beauty products from autumn 2019!
Keep applying the sunscreen
Just because the sun isn’t shining so obviously, it doesn’t mean that you can lay off the sunscreen. UV damage is one of the leading causes of skin damage, not to mention the associated risks of skin cancer. If you don’t have SPF in your moisturiser already, apply a separate one as the final step in your skincare routine. Some also double up as great primers for makeup (this one from Dermalogica is great).Stay hydrated & re-assess your moisturising needs
Your skins needs can change throughout the year. If you typically use a lighter moisturiser in the summer, you might find that it isn’t quite cutting it when the leaves start to turn brown. If you’re finding that your skin feels dry and tight, look at switching to a richer formulation, or add a face oil to your routine also, either before or after your moisturiser.
Cold weather, wind and central heating can cause our skin to dry out, look dull or flaky. Counteract this by ensuring you’re drinking enough water and applying a heavier moisturiser than you would in the summer. You want a product that’s going to both moisturise your skin but also support your skin’s natural barrier – something that needs extra protection in the colder months of the year. Looks for products with Ceramides to fortify the barrier, and Squalane and Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise. To prevent your central heating from drying you out, invest in a humidifier, or put a wet towel over some radiators in your home. This will put some moisture back into the air.
Exfoliate your skin
Just because the weather is dull doesn’t mean your skin needs to be. Weekly exfoliation can slough off those dead skin cells and reveal clearer, brighter skin. You can also use a daily acid toner if your skin can take it. Choose an exfoliator suited to your skin type and don’t be too rough with your skin. Over exfoliation can do more harm than good. Either use a physical exfoliator or a chemical exfoliator i.e. acids. I’m an AHA acid gal all the way! My favourite peel is the Saturday Skin Rub-a-Dub Peel and my daily go-to acid toner is Alpha-H Liquid Gold.Don’t neglect the skin on your body
Even though the baggy jumpers are making an appearance and you don’t really need to see your legs again until next summer, give your skin some TLC. The skin on our bodies is often neglected as we concentrate our efforts on our face and neck. Switch to a moisturising shower oil instead of a gel, and use a body moisturiser or oil after your shower to lock in moisture and keep your skin soft and supple.
Embrace the Autumn colour trends
Autumn makeup is a chance to move away from the peachy bronze tones of summer and towards something altogether more moody. Embrace the darker side of lip colour with plum and burnt orange tones or really heat up your eyeshadow game with warm reddish tones. Just be sure you moisturise your lips well to pull these lip colours off.
Seasons are a chance to reinvent your style, skincare and makeup routines. Indulge yourself as you give yourself some TLC to combat the cooler weather. Don’t wait for it to cause problems with your complexion – plan your routines ahead of time for a seamless transition.
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