6 ways to autumn-proof your skin

The change in season doesn't just call for a different wardrobe and a cosier home. Everything from cooler weather to spending too much time in dry, stuffy indoor environments, can deprive your skin of moisture.

Skin gets worn out by seasonal changes and cries out for richer moisturisers and comforting ingredients. It craves products and treatments that will give it back its glow; this is the time for hydrating masks, peels and facials.

Change your routine

Humidity levels drop off in the autumn and winter months. The drier the air, the more moisture it sucks from your skin, so you're more likely to experience dryness and flakiness.

Ideally, you want to amp up your skincare routine as the season changes and swap your products for richer, more nourishing alternatives.

“Just as you change your clothes with changing temperatures you should do the same with your skincare regimen” says skin expert Kelly Hooper. “You need to switch up your lightweight summer moisturiser to a more heavy duty cream."

Harsh central heating

If you haven’t done so already, you'll no doubt be switching on your heating sometime soon, and unfortunately it’s not going to do your skin any favours. "Heated air inside causes low humidity, which leads to water evaporating from our skin” says Kelly. "This can cause cracking, flaking and irritation and leave skin with a lacklustre, parched appearance.”

Give your skin a little boost with Phyto Replenish Oil. This feather-light treatment oil rapidly absorbs to reinforce the skin’s protective barrier. Wear it alone or layered under foundation for all-season dewy skin.

A handy tip is placing a few bowls of water near your radiators, as well as drinking lots of water and slapping on your rich moisturiser along with a replenishing lip balm and hand cream. Keep that skin hydrated!

Sudden temperature changes

During winter, our skin has to confront wind, cold and temperature changes between heated homes and the freezing outdoors.

Going from the cold outdoors into centrally-heated buildings and vice-versa can take its toll on your complexion. "This process causes the capillaries in your face to contract and expand rapidly leading to broken veins and skin redness," says Kelly.

Wrap up warm in the cold and try not to overdo it on the central heating. A light layer of barrier cream, such as Dermalogica’s Barrier Repair, will help protect the skin.

Hot baths and showers

When temperatures plummet, a hot bath or shower is really enticing. Sorry to rain on your parade but try to resist the temptation for the sake of your complexion if you can. Hot baths and showers can dissolve the protective barrier in the skin which will eventually lead to dryness. Opt for warm instead.

Drink more water

In the summer, we really focus on keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of water. Your skin is your largest organ and therefore needs hydration; it’s key to healthy, glowing skin. Our advice - swap that pumpkin spiced latte for a bottle of water. You’ll feel super smug and your skin will thank you for it!

Wear SPF

Yes, even on cloudy days! You may tend to ease up on applying sunscreen now that cooler weather has arrived but you absolutely need sun protection during the cooler months. The sun’s harmful rays are just as strong and damaging - despite the temperature - and they can really age your skin. Opt for a moisturiser that contains a high SPF. We love Dermalogica’s Dynamic Skin Recovery which contains SPF 50 and is super hydrating and nourishing.

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