While the weather is actually surprisingly mild for September – props England, this weather is great – it has started to get a wee bit chiller round these parts of late and as such, I’ve started making a few adjustments to my skincare range in anticipation of the colder months.
I don’t know about you guys but in the wintry weather, my skin tends to get a lot more dreary and dull – a combination of the chilly weather, bitter winds and the sniffles that seem to be part and parcel of this time of year. So in order to give my complexion a bit of a boost, I turn to the Indeed Labs Pepta Bright (c/o £29.99), which works to add a bit of natural radiance to dull and tired-looking skin, and The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver (£15) which brightens the complexion and gives skin a delightful glow that I find oh-so hard to maintain during winter.
Now onto hydration, a vital part of any cold weather skincare routine – whether your skin is oily, dry, combination or all of the above. Just remember, hydration is key to healthy and happy skin. While my skin is normally pretty blemish-prone and leans more towards the oilier end of the scale, I like to give it an extra whack of moisture during the winter months in order to ensure it doesn’t dry out or become dehydrated. I swap my normal, lighter face oils for the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil (£20) which is slightly heavier and more nourishing – ideal for combatting any winter dryness. Similarly, if the winds are really starting to howl, I’ll add on a layer of the Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturiser ($65). This moisturiser is targeted specifically at oilier, more acne-prone skin types and is aimed at providing you with the perfect boost of hydration, without any of the oiliness that can aggravate blemish-prone skin.
When it comes to cleansing, I also like to add something a bit more nourishing into my routine – and that’s where the Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream (£22) comes in. Rich and creamy, this cleanser helps to ensure skin stays completely hydrated and nourished, while also making sure your complexion is free from any and all dirt and make up. An all-in-one wonder in other words.
Last but not least is a much-loved multi-tasker, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (£21). This stuff has been my go-to cold weather cure-all for years now and I can’t imagine living through the colder months without it. Chapped lips, sore cuticles, dry hands, dehydrated skin – you name it, it cures it and in doing so has earned itself a reputation for being one of the most trusted beauty products out there. And rightly so.
What skincare bits will you be adding into your routine this autumn?