Seasonal changes can have an effect on your skin, and the upcoming season – autumn – is often considered the worst for breakouts. This is because your skin produces more oil during the summer months, but as the seasons change the cooler air encourages layers of dead skin to form. This build up traps sebum and bacteria underneath the skin’s surface, increasing the risk of pimples and acne breakouts. And since the skin is such an important part of the body (did you know it’s the body’s largest organ?), you should take care of it all year round. Here are the best things you can do to keep your skin sweet and supple this season!
Exfoliating should be a large part of your skincare routine already, and if it’s not, then now is definitely the time to introduce it. Exfoliating is the removal of all the dead skin cells that lie on the outer layer of the skin. It’s an important process, because it helps encourage brighter, healthier skin all over the body. It can also aid in the revival of aging skin and help stimulate better collagen production.
Having a consistent exfoliating routine all year round is highly beneficial, but it’s especially important in the colder months. This is because humidity levels drop and the cool weather can dry the skin out even further, leaving behind a bigger build up of dead skin cells than usual. Exfoliating doesn’t only remove this added build up, it also helps to increase circulation of the blood which can promote that gorgeous, healthy glow in your skin.
It’s best to exfoliate 2–3 times a week with a gentle, all-natural product. Over-exfoliating can be equally as damaging as failing to do it, especially if you use products that have nasty chemicals and additions in them like microbeads (which are terrible for the environment and banned in many countries!). If you’re new to exfoliating, look for one that is aimed at sensitive skin, so it’s less harsh and abrasive. And you don’t need to stop at your face, exfoliating your whole body can do wonders for your wellbeing. Just grab one of my nine all natural body scrubs to get scrubbin’!
Washing your skin everyday is critical to keeping it clean and healthy. As you go about your day, your skin can come into contact with all manner of different irritants and pollutants like dirt, pollution, air conditioning and the weather. If all of that sits on our face and body, it deprives our skin of oxygen and can encourage free radicals to form, which is when fine lines, pimples, breakouts and dry skin can occur.
In autumn and winter, these issues can be exacerbated by the dry, cold air. Cleansing once a day helps you to keep your skin squeaky clean, by removing impurities and boosting hydration and blood circulation. It will also prevent production of excess oils that can add to further breakouts and skin issues.
There are so many different kinds of cleansers available on the market, so it’s important to find one that is best suited for your skin type. If you’re usually prone to dry skin, avoid anything with alcohol in it as that will dry your skin out even further. If you’ve got oily skin, a cleanser with a lower pH level can help balance production of oil, and for those with sensitive skin, avoid anything heavy in fragrance or other additives. For the best results, choose a cleanser that uses organic, natural ingredients. My natural Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash is the perfect way to cleanse and nourish your face & body.
Well, this one is just obvious! Moisturiser is your best friend all year round, but especially during the colder months. It is the best way to take care of any feelings of dry, flaky and tight skin. When the weather hits those lower temperatures, your pores can shrink quite dramatically in order to protect your skin from the elements. This can make it more difficult to remove the dirt and oil, and dehydrates the skin even further.
Replenishing that loss of moisture and keeping your skin well hydrated is a great way to promote healthy skin and make you feel good. For the best results, choose a rich, creamy moisturiser filled with natural ingredients. Avoid extremely hot showers (which might be hard to do when it’s so cold!) as this will only dry your skin out more, and apply your moisturiser after you’ve cleansed, when your skin is still damp. This helps lock in moisture and keeps your skin softer for longer. My Sweet Orange & Lavender Body Lotion is the perfect combination of natural ingredients to nourish dry skin, or if you are more of an oil person – my two natural plant based oils are just the moisturiser for you!
4. Stay Sun Safe
Sunlight is important for healthy skin because it provides us with vitamin D, which is essential for a number of things like healthy bones and even better moods. But even though summer might be over, don’t make the mistake of putting away your sunscreen! The sun’s harsh UV rays, while not as nasty as they are during the hotter months, can still be damaging in autumn. Even if the day is overcast and the clouds are heavy and thick, almost 80 percent of UV rays can still get through.
When those rays come into contact with the skin it can penetrate the skin layers, causing sunburn and killing or damaging skin cells. This can cause a wide range of damage, all the way from early aging signs to skin cancer. Using sunscreen on your face, neck and body is the best way to counteract potential damage, as well as wearing a hat, sunglasses and covering up when outdoors.
While sunscreen used to be quite thick and pore-clogging, it’s come a long way over the years and has been formulated for everyday use. It can promote healthy skin by protecting essential proteins like collagen, elastin and keratin, and can ward off early signs of aging. To use it properly, apply it every morning before your make up, and reapply every two hours if you’re expecting to see a lot of sun.