It’s a given that as the seasons change, our skin does also; we’re exposed to more extreme temperature changes, the dryness of central heating, skin that needs renewing quickly and injected with life due to the lack of Vitamin D (thanks British weather), but it also gives us the chance to try something different and spice up our routines a little. With even colder months on the horizon (shudders) I’ve been testing a few new combinations to keep my skin, blemishes, and routine in check…
Skin can look a little dull in the colder months due to lack of movement, sunshine and general hibernation, so it’s good to keep your complexion looking as alive as possible – one option is to use an AHA cleanser or chemical mask for an intensive treatment, however I’ve been opting some something a bit more gentle in the form of Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser* which also smells like apple sweets, what a delight. The combination of Manuka Honey Active 20+ and Vinanza Grape keeps your skin nourished and cleansed whilst balancing oil production and gently exfoliating dead skin cells away, perfect for this time of year and combined with my Magnitone BareFace Cleansing Brush* I’ve been able to really stimulate my skin back to life!
An old favourite mixed with something new, I’ve been popping a few drops of Tea Tree Oil into the Nourish Relax Hydrating Peptide Serum* for a bit of post-cleanse soothing, and it feels incredible; the serum penetrates deep down into the skin to keep it plump and hydrated throughout the varied temperatures of the day whilst the lavender and tea tree both work together to calm spots and redness – a sensitive soul’s dream. Another new addition that I’ve had for ages but was too scared to try in case I fell in love with it (spoiler, I have) is the Sunday Riley Artemis Oil which really is as awesome as everyone says – the oil is super thick so you can pat it on for concentration or mix with another product (I’ve been using the Luxsit Anti-Blemish Gel* to thin it down and target my breakouts) to spread evenly across the skin. The glow is real, and my face looks in better condition overall – thank you Sunday Riley, now take my money.
Eyes are a super delicate area so I wanted to go for something creamier yet still packed with peptides and vitamins to keep the area nourished, so this sample of Sarah Chapman Skinesis Eye Recovery has been a welcome addition – it feels lovely to pat around the eyes and the skin looks a lot softer thanks to extractions of iris in the ingredients. It’s never too early to start using anti-ageing products as the eyes start to show signs first, and another anti-ageing yet brilliant for hormonal skin product that has been flitting back and forth into my routine whilst I use up scraps of other moisturisers is the Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream – it’s got to the point where I’ve cut it open and clawed at any remains, it’s that good. I describe this like facial antibiotics, if you use it too often or long periods of time then the skin almost resists it, so it’s only for times of emergency or really painful under skin spots but it really does the trick – give it 3 days and you’ll be blemish free!
Finally, for a bit of clarifying and pampering, I’ve learnt how to use the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Mask on my skin properly and it’s definitely helped keep my pores clear – go liberal with a thick layer, double up in problematic areas once the first layer has dried and apply it straight to steamed open skin. Pores, purged.
Seasonal skincare sorted, now it’s time to finish up those lingering near-empty bottles and tubs – I feel a haul coming on…
Have you switched up your skincare for autumn? What is your favourite cold month product? Will you be trying out any of these products?
Lots of Love,
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