25 Sep 5 Top Tips for Great Autumn Skin
Our skin one of the bodies most important defensive barrier. When the weather gets colder our skin loses its natural moisturising oils and is much more susceptible to cracks and damage. This means we need to take extra special care of it – from the inside and out. Here are our top 5 tips for keeping your skin healthy, smooth and radiant this autumn:
When you exercise, your blood flow increases and carries oxygen and nutrients around your body to your cells. Also, as you work up a sweat, you are giving yourself the equivalent of having a mini-facial as your body expels dirt, oil and chemicals. Just make sure that you wash your face with a gentle cleanser after exercise to that the dirt doesn’t clog your skin again.
2. Drink, drink, drink!
And no, unfortunately not of white wine! You’ve heard it 100 times but drinking water really is essential to healthy skin – especially if you are exercising regularly and need to replace your fluids. Experts suggest at least 2L of fluids a day to maintain good hydration. If you prefer however, burdock herbal tea is great for the skin (and will keep you warm!) It acts on the liver, kidneys, gall bladder and lymph system, promoting waste removal from the cells and according to herbalists is great at clearing acne, psoriasis, eczema, boils, sties and carbuncles.
3. Use a protective lip salve
The skin on your lips is very sensitive and is much more prone to becoming chapped, especially when it’s cold outside. To avoid painful and unsightly cracks, always carry a protective lip balm with you and use it anytime you are tempted to lick your lips or pill at dry skin. We especially like Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm, which is thick, glossy and has a slight plumping effect.
4. Use oil-based moisturiser and foundation
We recommend that anyone with dry skin uses an oil-based moisturiser all year round – but it’s especially important as your skin loses its precious natural oils in colder months. If you want to prevent fine lines and ensure that your make up sits comfortably on your skin, you should use your moisturiser in the morning and at night time, as well as each time you wash your face.
It is also important to match the base ingredient of your moisturiser with the base ingredient of your foundation. We therefore recommend oil-based foundations or tinted moisturisers during autumn and winter months to reduce the appearance of flakes and dry patches, and stop and your make-up base from splitting.
5. Look after your hands
Our hands have fewer oil glands than the rest of our skin and it’s quite common for the skin to dry out, become rough and age prematurely. As well as wearing gloves to protect yourself from the cold, you should invest in a good quality hand cream and apply it after washing your hands. We especially like Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Hand Cream as it comes in a convenient 50ml package and smells lovely.