How to take care of your skin on its journey into Autumn.
I love all the seasons. I love the buds and beautiful blossoms in Spring and the beautiful warmth and long days in Summer. As we go into the Autumn and Winter though, I really notice the change in seasons. Not just with my skin, but also with my client’s skin too. I think as the darker nights draw in and we suddenly feel a sharp drop in temperature we can notice the change so much more. It’s almost like the energies around us adjust and it seems to do something to our bodies. I’ve noticed people with more breakouts than normal, clients feeling tired and with achy joints and muscles. It’s like our bodies know it’s coming and they try and tell us to slow down and get into Winter mode.
Even though the sun is still shining outside and it’s still beautiful and warm, we never know when that cold snap is going to suddenly hit – and I want you to be prepared! Getting your skin ready now will prevent it having further problems into the Winter months. I tend to find clients can struggle with dryness, irritation and itchy skin in the cold months. So, to get you ready, here are some little tips that may help getting your skin primed for Autumn… and eventually Winter.
A build up of dead skin cells can stop the absorption of serums and creams. Exfoliating your skin once or twice a week can help rid your skin of these cells and allow your skin to take in more moisture. Choose fruit enzymes or jojoba beads (why not try my Exfoliating Pearls combined with my Cleansing Beauty Balm for the ultimate cleanse – visit www.emmaline-tsui.com for more info) but steer clear of the plastic microbeads on the market at the moment. Microbeads are causing so much damage to our environment and sea life it’s best of avoid them. The jojoba beads that I use are completely biodegradable and so kind to skin and also the environment. I would also avoid any ground peach stones, apricot kernels, salts or sugar scrubs. These are not ‘bead’ like and can actually cause microscopic tears in the skin leading to redness and sensitivity. Be gentle when exfoliating so you don’t overstimulate the skin, after exfoliating, pat your skin dry with a soft towel and apply all your creams.
Up The Moisture
This time of year is good to increase products in your skincare regime which are more nourishing. Think serums and nurturing face oils to really pack in that moisture. Our skin can get so dry with a sharp drop in temperature and then an increase in heating. Why not try my Viceroy & Grace Botanical Face Oil to really soothe your skin. It’s super calming and soothing to help get rid of any redness and irritation in those cooler months. Visit www.viceroyandgrace.com to learn more.
Avoid super rich night creams though that can be a bit too heavy on the skin. Face oils are great (as long as it’s the correct type of oil), but very rich night creams can ultimately block pores and lead to breakouts. I prefer to build up slowly so the skin doesn’t get too overwhelmed with products. Start by adding a few drops of face oil or small amount of serum. You can then slowly layer up your products to the right consistency for you – and then take them away if you need to (if it’s a really warm night for example). With a rich cream, you’re stuck with the consistency and if it’s too rich… it’s too rich!
Avoid Alcohol – Well, on the face at least!
There are so many products out there that contain alcohol. Generally, face washes and harsh toners (the only one I recommend with alcohol is something gentle like rosewater) will strip the skin’s natural barrier which leads to moisture loss (Trans Epidermal Water Loss or TEWL for short). We want products that gently cleanse away dirt and oil and not strip them away. Look for cleansing oils and balms, lotions and creams. Steer clear of face washes (of almost any kind) and harsh scrubs and toners.
This is a great time of year to get into a routine of doing more face masks. I know they can seem like a bit of a faff, but I like to build them into my routine so I don’t feel like I’m losing time doing them. On days you’re not washing your hair in the shower, pop one on and the steam of the shower will help them soak in. Or, put one on before you watch a tv show or do some jobs around the house. There’s always a way you can squeeze them in without noticing and your skin will be so grateful.
It’s not just about your face!
Don’t forget the rest of your body too. It’s not just our face that can get dry and irritated in the cooler months, our bodies need a little extra TLC too. Maybe keep a travel size hand cream in your bag or car to apply when you’ve washed your hands. Body oils are great after showers (just don’t slip!) and foot treatments are perfect at bedtime.
Treat you from the inside out
Finally, if you do worry about getting dry and irritated skin during winter months, this is a good time to start taking some nourishing supplements to prepare your skin now. As we all know, prevention is always better than cure. Omega oil supplements are great to take. If you can get a good quality one they are practically like an edible moisturiser. You want Omega 3 and 6s together (Omega 3s can be a bit drying by themselves believe it or not). I recommend avoiding fish oil supplements if you suffer with breakouts or acne as sometimes these can flare them up. Instead, look for organic flaxseed supplements to help with dryness and irritation.
I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you with too much info! You don’t have to suddenly do everything all at once, but gradually adding things into your routine should be easy enough that you don’t notice too much.
If you have any questions or are interested in booking in with me for a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com. I know I’m biased, but the best thing you can do for your skin is treat it to a facial each month. Even if you don’t have the time to do anything else I have mentioned, a facial will really keep on top of any skin concerns that you have.
Thanks so much for reading!
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