With summer well and truly behind us, it’s time to start preparing for the autumn air. As much as you may love autumn (I know I do), it can wreak havoc on your hair, and skin. So being prepared is essential to take you from the brisk morning walks to cosy nights by the fire. Here are my essentials for being prepared for the cooler weather:
1. Wrap up! If you know you’re going to spend time going inside and outside (for example shopping, or at work) then layer up! Layers are the best way to make sure you’re prepared for any weather, or temperature change – I mean you know how temperamental the British weather is! There isn’t a better feeling than wrapping up in your favourite jumpers, scarves and capes, so stay protected and take a little time to wrap up before you leave the house.
2. Moisturise like there’s no tomorrow! This weather sucks the moisture from your skin, so moisturise every chance you get, by using a heavier moisturiser once you get out the shower, and on any visible skin, you’re protecting yourself from the harsh weather. My favourite is the Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream from Body Shop, I’ve been using it for years. The consistency works really well with my skin and absorbs into the skin so easily, it’s a dream to use!
3. St Moriz Self Tanner. Personally, I can’t (and now refuse to) tan through the sun, being ginger has it’s disadvantages, but I also won’t go in the sun without sun protection on (even in winter). So to ‘keep’ my summer glow, I use St Moriz self tanner in the shade medium, I love the silky glow it gives to my skin, as well as the shade which works well even on people with ginger hair, and it doesn’t have a sparkle or shimmer to it, so it looks really natural.
4. Exfoliate with a soft exfoliater daily. In winter the skin dries out and dies a lot quicker than in summer, so use a very subtle exfoliater daily to keep skin looking fresh. Make sure it’s not too harsh for your skin though – as this will take away the natural oils in the skin beneath and cause the skin to dry out and die more quickly. – Try to avoid the granular, salt, or plastic bead scrubs, as these will be too harsh on your skin and the grains will irritate you.
5. Eye cream. As with your skin, your eyes become a lot drier in the cooler air, so make sure you treat the skin around them with a specific eye moisturiser. Eyes are the window to the soul, so keeping your peepers looking bright and fresh will ensure you stay energised throughout autumn and well into winter.
6. Autumnal Lipsticks! With out a doubt my favourite part of autumn is the colours changing from green to reds, yellows, oranges, purples, browns and every other shade of fire, and with that comes the deeper, darker shades of lipstick everywhere. I love reds, berries, purples, blacks, and burnt oranges, it’s so exciting when you can splash those colours and be a proud sponsor of the autumn season!
7. Never leave the house without a hand cream! It is honestly one of the few things to keep on you at all times in the chillier weather. Whenever your hands are going to be exposed to the cold air, or whenever you go from the cold to warm and vice versa, make sure to add another drop or two of moisturiser to your mitts, they’ll thank you for it and you’ll avoid the painful cracks in your hands and claustrophobic feeling when your hands are dry (or is that just me?). Even if you have naturally oily skin, the weather will affect you just the same. I can use any moisturiser on my hands, at the moment I’m loving Cocoa Juvenate – Revive Hand Cream, however the saving grace from dry cracked hands or times where I go from extreme hot to cold air, has to be Neutrogena’s concentrated hand cream. My partner swears by it.
8. Sun cream! Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that the sun’s UVA and UVB rays still aren’t hitting the earths surface, so keep your skin protected and use sun cream on your exposed skin. As you age, your skin will retain it’s elasticity, which means less wrinkles, less age spots and generally healthier skin.
9. Grab a humidifier. Heating systems (especially those in the UK) blast hot air into the environment, drying out the air around us. By using a humidifier, the air will retain it’s moisture, ensuring your skin doesn’t dry out as you warm up. If you place several small humidifiers throughout your home, this will help distribute the moisture more evenly.
10. Hydrate! Just because the weather is turning cooler, does not mean it’s an excuse to reduce your water intake. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times, hydration keeps your skin fresh and elasticated. However, the relation between skin and hydration is actually a myth, water benefits your overall health, healthy people have healthy skin, and that’s where the relationship lies. So drink up, stay healthy and not only will your skin look healthier, but your immune system will be running on top form. Make sure that when you hydrate, you concentrate on the type of hydration your body needs, it may not be pure water, but infused water with vitamins and minerals, so pay attention to your body’s response!
I hope you’re all looking forward to the autumn as much as I am! Curling up by the fire with a good book, the dog on my lap and a hot water bottle by my side, listening to the crackle and pop of the fire. What could be more perfect? Let me know your tips in the comments about how you prepare your skin for winter! I’d love to hear them!