It’s officially September, and before you know it, autumn will be here in all its multicoloured glory. Adjusting your beauty routine now will help your skin to prepare for the new season ahead. Summer may have given you a nice suntan and lovely glow to go along with it; however, once the warm weather begins to wane, your skin will change, and you’ll have to adapt quickly.
The crisp air that comes along in autumn means a big difference in temperatures and humidity levels. When these two key factors change, it’s time to rethink your beauty routine and gear up for autumn skincare. As luck would have it, Mother Nature has got us covered! Here’s your guide to natural autumn skincare and how to give your skin the TLC it needs to make it through the season.
Boost Your Antioxidant Intake
Almost everyone loves summertime, but we don’t always like what it does to our skin. Sunspots, dry skin, and breakouts can all wreak havoc on our complexions. Between the beach, the pool, and all that sport you may be doing in summertime, your skin needs some extra help. So, it’s a good idea to give your body the vitamins it needs to heal your skin.
Consuming foods with antioxidants, like fruits and veggies, is a tasty way to aid your body in fighting off ageing and free radicals. Adding spices, seeds, and nuts into your diet will also provide plenty of vitamins and antioxidants to your body. Anyone looking to skip the middleman should consider using natural face serums that contain antioxidants. Serums that include Vitamin A, C, and E will be most effective in helping your skin recover and preparing it for those crisp autumn mornings.
Exfoliation and Determination
After summer, when pigmentation reigns supreme and your skin tone tends to become uneven, exfoliating helps get your skin back to normal. Naturally exfoliating helps smooth, soothe, and remove dead skin. Being consistent with your exfoliation is crucial, but keep it to a maximum of twice a week. Exfoliating more than that will keep your skin from producing its oil and regulating its pH naturally.
Whether you’re exfoliating with a glove, loofah or scrub, you want to be gentle to avoid irritating the skin. Some of the most effective ways to exfoliate your skin are with nature’s own ingredients. A while back, Mayca provided recipes for body scrubs and hand scrubs that are perfect for the season. We hope that you’ll use these autumn skincare scrubs at home to keep your skin soft and smooth.
Pick A Thicker Moisturiser (Or A GOOD OIL OR BALM)
Moisturising your skin in cooler weather not only keeps it from drying out, but it can also prevent redness, itchiness, rashes, and even infection. Broken or irritated skin can provide an entryway for bacteria and infection. Consistently moisturising your skin, however, will keep it healthy and protect against infections.
Switching to a thicker, more emollient moisturiser in autumn months is ideal for maintaining your skin’s health. Thick moisturisers, balms, and face oils have an occlusive function on the skin, meaning they create a protective barrier that works like a second skin. That second skin locks in moisture, makes the skin less permeable, and prevents dehydration from cold wind, indoor heating, and so on.
Avoid oil-free moisturisers in autumn, because your skin needs the extra help that natural oils offer. For guidance on oils, read up on cold-pressed oils and face oils you can find at the supermarket. Anyone who suffers from eczema should check out Mayca’s tips for treating eczema as colder weather can trigger this painful skin condition.
HYDRATE YOUR BODY
During summer, we sometimes forgo body lotion as we may be using aftersun, aloe vera, or oils to keep our skin soft and supple. Nonetheless, when the humidity levels dip and cool air rolls in, your skin may start to feel dry and itchy. You can combat dryness and itchiness with hydrating natural lotions. Keeping your skin as hydrated as possible, from head to toe, will keep it healthier longer.
While we all have different preferences for our skincare routines, you’d benefit from adding in some extra hydration during the change of seasons. Whether it’s a nighttime moisturiser or a hydrating serum, giving your skin that extra hydration will seriously benefit you. If you’re not sure which moisturiser would be best for you, learn about easy to find oils like pumpkin seed oil, camelina oil, and sesame oil.
When it comes to skincare, being over-prepared is never a bad idea. With the help of these autumn skincare tips, you can keep your skin naturally healthy this upcoming season. If you’re enjoying making cosmetics at home, you might even be considering selling them in the future. Why not learn more about WapoBeauty’s information guide on How to Sell Your Skincare Products Legally in Ireland and the EU? Those interested in furthering their cosmetic making knowledge should also consider signing up for WapoBeauty’s Making Natural Skincare Day Course later this month.
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Ashuni Pérez is an American writer based in Valencia, Spain. She has a passion for natural beauty and the environment. Ashuni loves to cycle and drink smoothies in the sun. Follow her on Instagram at @ashuuuuni