Never mind your winter coats, knitted jumpers and leather boots, we want to you know if your skin is ready for the change of seasons. We are looking at the products you should be switching up and why.
Pumpkin spice lattes are available in the coffee shops, winter jackets are starting to make a reappearance and there are even whisperings of the word “Christmas”. All these things can mean only one thing, summer is well and truly over and autumn is on the way!
Central heating zaps humidity
The plummeting temperatures around this time of year may already have some of you cranking up the thermostat for a cosy evening in. But have you thought about how this might be affecting your skin?
Humidity in the atmosphere around us contributes to keeping skin hydrated, plump and healthy-looking. Central heating is essentially hot, dry air that yes will keep you warm, but also draws humidity out of the atmosphere. This can exacerbate dry skin conditions – particularly those using retinol products that may experience some associated dryness or flaking.
You may notice that the lack of humidity causes skin to be tighter, dry and more prone to flaking. To combat this, we recommend a few changes and additions to your routine that will help keep your skin happy during the colder months.
Boost your hydration
With the lack of humidity, it is important to provide your skin with as much hydration as possible. Ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, a carbohydrate molecule and a natural component of skin, that provides the necessary moisture within connective tissue to encourage overall skin health.
On top of the seasonal need for hydration, our natural Hyaluronic Acid levels deplete as we age, which leads to a reduced ability to preserve moisture, leaving skin less plump with a loss of firmness.
The application of a HA serum to skin acts like a sponge by attracting moisture to boost hydration on the surface of skin. We love Mesoestetic HA Densimatrix, a Hyaluronic Acid concentrate in several forms and molecular weights. It also contains a potent antioxidant to deliver a moisturising, anti ageing and filling action, whilst also promoting collagen and elastin synthesis to improve skin firmness and elasticity.
Switch up your cleanser
Although your gel cleanser may have served you well throughout summer, helping to keep excess oils and blemishes at bay during the warmer (and sweatier) months, now is the time to switch up your cleanser.
We like LABthetics Conditioning Milk Cleanser for its gentle cleansing action that thoroughly cleanses skin without stripping skin’s own natural and protective oils. The non-stripping and low emulsification formula works with skin, rather than against it, by gently cleansing to remove makeup and debris and leaving skin clean and fresh. The milk cleanser contains Sunflower oil, Almond oil and Glycerine this cleanser works with the skin, rather than against it.
Banish dead skin cells
During colder months, skin may require some support with natural exfoliation. That’s why we recommend using LABthetics Enzyme Skin Peel Renew Mask once a week to support skin’s natural exfoliation process with a natural, enzyme-based peeling and resurfacing action. This effective yet gentle powder combines Calcium, Kaolin and Papaya extract to tackle dead skin cells, dissolve pore blockages and minimise the appearance of blackheads for a smoother skin surface, reduced pore size and improved skin texture and tone.
This time of the year is the perfect opportunity to tackle any stubborn pigmentation acquired during the summer months. The recently launched SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense Serum targets skin discolouration, stubborn brown patches and post-acne marks with a potent combination of clinically proven active ingredients to help you achieve a brighter and more even-looking complexion.
The synergistic blend of discolouration fighting active ingredients includes Tranexamic Acid, Niacinamide and Hepes to brighten skin and minimise reoccurring discolouration with continued use.
But the most important rule to remember when treating pigmentation is to use a broad-spectrum SPF every day – yes even in colder months.
We recommend using this serum after applying SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, then apply SkinCeuticals Brightening UV Defense SPF 30 for high factor, broad-spectrum UV protection, whilst also fighting stubborn pigmentation.
Is your skincare routine ready for autumn? Speak to our skincare experts on 0113 282 7744, shop online or take our online skin test to receive personalised product recommendations direct to your inbox!
Written for you by: Alex, Face the Future
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