I’ve really been enjoying getting my house in order, the new season is a perfect excuse to switch up, declutter, rejig and organise your life. A new start for a new season. So far I’ve deep cleaned the house, switched my wardrobe out, decorated for a new season, and now I’m taking my switches to my skincare routine.
A change of season is a harsh time for the skin. Weather, diet and lifestyle all tend to shift, three things that can all upset your skin’s balance and cause upset. When autumn rolls around my skin tends to get dry from the cold, dehydrated because I’m drinking less water, duller from lack of sun, and it can get a breakout or two as my diet skews more towards hearty, filling, comfort foods. So, this time of year, I make a few skincare switches to help my skin cope with the change a little better.
A do it all, wonder balm.
I’m a big fan of multi-tasking beauty products, products that make my routines easier and that can do it all. I’ve been trying out the Cowshed Wonder Balm recently and honestly it’s been a game changer. I love this for skin that’s feeling the pinch of the weather change, I’ve been keeping this in my handbag for on the go moisture hits. It really softens and nourishes the skin, it contains hydrating avocado butter that my skin just drinks up. It’s a hard balm that softens into an almost oil-like texture when you warm it between the fingers. It’s great for dry spots, sore lips, I love this for keeping my hands and cuticles soft and I’ve even used it on the ends of my hair!
A gentle cleanse.
Around this time of year, your skin starts to take a bit more of a beating from the weather. With that in mind, I want my skin to feel calm, nourished and healthy, so I always opt for the gentlest of cleansers. Something softening, not stripping and gently nourishing to the skin. For me, that normally means a new bottle of the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (follow this link for 10% off!), which just can’t be beaten when it comes to gently. It’s soft and soothing, doesn’t leave the skin feeling stripped, and lasts a long time too. When used after The Body Shop’s Camomile Cleansing Balm, it’s the perfect combo for calm, happy skin.
An alternative exfoliation.
I’ve started using a pump of the Milky Jelly Cleanser on a Scrubbie, and it’s amazing. They offer my skin a good, gentle exfoliation to get rid of dead skin cells in the least abrasive way possible. My skin much prefers this to going in with gritty scrubs, or harsh acid exfoliators, and it does the same job. They come in a pack of 7, one for each day of the week, with a little bag to store them in, then you simply wash them in the machine ready for the next week! You can order them here.
A hydrating serum.
I’ve always been good with moisturisers, but I’ve never really looked to serums for hydration. A mistake really, because my skin LOVES Hyaluronic acid, and drinks it up. I like using The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum in the mornings before moisturiser, it softens my skin and whatever I use after sinks in better too. Hyaluronic acid boosts collagen production and helps the skin retain moisture, exactly what we want to help prevent that autumn dehydration.
Niacinamide morning and night.
Honestly I’ve preached about the wonder of Niacinamide before, and I’m not about to stop now! I love this stuff, it clears my skin up in a matter of days, heals approaching spots before they even really appear, and just generally helps my skin feel better. On days when my skin is feeling less than hot, I’ve been adding this into my morning skincare routine as well as using it before bed, and honestly my skin just drinks this up.
Come the end of September I’ll be cracking out the heavy duty moisturisers morning and night. I love a slightly more intense moisturiser in the mornings for autumn (sorry Glossier Priming Moisturiser, you won’t cut it anymore), and usually revert back to the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet, although this year I’ve picked up the Saturday Skin Featherweight Moisturiser to help really create a barrier between the day and my skin. Like the Caudalie option, this sinks in fast despite it’s good moisturising punch.
For the evenings, I’m back on the Sunday Riley C.E.O Cream, which is not only SO luxurious on the skin, it’s packed with anti oxidants to help repair + protect the skin. It’s pricey, but my autumn winter best friend.
Heavy duty eye cream.
Swapping out eye cream is another autumn must. During the summer I stick with light and bright, but as the weather gets colder I find myself reaching more and more for the Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Cream. This stuff really is heavy, but my under eyes just drink it up, and I find any concealer I apply after using this sits on my skin much better.
My skin tends to look a little duller without the attention of the sun, so around this time of year I always end up cracking out the Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask again. This one is just a bathroom staple for me, I use it once a week for ten minutes and it just gives my skin it’s glow back.
I like to pay a little more attention to my lips this time of year, they’re usually the first place to show signs of dehydration and weather-wear. Enter stage left the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, which I slather on in the evenings, enjoying it’s yummy berry scent, and wake up with plump, hydrated lips.
I think my skin is ready for autumn now! What skincare switches do you make this time of year?