After a long and fun summer, we are back and excited about the new year ahead of us. I know in many countries it still feels like the middle of the summer, but here in the UK, you can sniff autumn in the air. I love this time of year, it has the feeling of a fresh new start to it and combined with the season changing, it is the perfect way to begin the year. And there’s no better time than now to update your beauty routine too. After a sun-soaked summer, it’s time to get your skin nourished and ready for the colder months.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m on holiday I have a small tendency to slightly neglect my skin. This isn’t something I am proud of! However, it’s the truth and I’m sure I’m not alone with that. With the kids around me and combined with being away from my home, it’s my routine tends to suffer. Now it’s time to get back into a routine!
Before I tell you all that you need to know to get your skin back on track for the colder months, you need to understand the difference between your skin in the summer and in the winter.
Summer Skin vs Winter Skin
The best way to treat your skin is as if you have two different skins, one for the winter and one for the summer. This is because the care you need for the different seasons is vastly different.
During the summer months, we are exposed to heat and humidity, which makes us sweat a lot. This causes our skin to become oilier and increases the chance of breakouts.
During the winter months, the air is dry and the wind is harsh. This dries out our skin and our lips. Another factor that doesn’t help is that indoors we have the heating on which also dries out the air and our bodies.
This means the care we need for the winter and summer months are different.
In the summer our skin needs plenty of hydration, sun protection with regular exfoliating. In the winter out skin needs moisture, moisture and more moisture. However, don’t forget, your skin needs sun cream in the winter months too, the sun is always there and always working hard so protection is vital.
Check out these indispensable tips on how to update your beauty routine this autumn and winter.
Change to a thicker moisturiser
In the summer months, we don’t need to add extra moisture to our skin because our bodies naturally produce more oil. Oil helps to keep our skin soft. However, during the winter months, we don’t have this extra oil being produced. Instead, we have cold and rough winds drying our skin out.
Swap up your lighter summer moisturiser for a more intense and thicker moisturiser for the cold winter months. It will help your skin to stay soft and nourished and stop it from drying out.
Start using a thicker moisturiser in the autumn and you will be ahead of the game. You’ll be giving your skin a head-start to being moisturised!
Be generous with your hand cream
Using a hand cream in the colder months is crucial. Most of us have experienced dry and cracking hands during the colder months and it’s the hands that are usually affected the worst.
This is because they are often uncovered in the wind and cold and also in our hygienic generation we wash our hands a lot. Every time you wash any part of your body, you are stripping natural oils from your skin. These oils are essential, especially during the colder seasons.
That’s not to say you should stop washing your hands, it just means you need to give them extra TLC.
When washing your hands, be sure to dry them properly and not by rubbing them. Rather pat them dry using a soft towel. And always apply a super moisturising hand cream a few times a day. If you do this regularly you will be done with cracked and dry hands!
Protect your lips
The lips are one of those parts of the body that get affected by the cold weather. This is usually due to the combination of the lips not being dry and that they are uncovered.
The simplest way to protect your lips is to cover them with a lip balm or the like. Lipstick, unless it has moisturising features, will not do the trick. In fact, using a non-moisturising lipstick without applying a lip balm beforehand will just dry out the lips further and cause them to crack. By using a lip balm regularly your lips will not dry out or crack.
Hydrate your hair
I’m sure you’ve noticed a pattern by now, anything that is uncovered is prone to get dried out. That’s not to say that the parts of your body that are covered won’t dry out, because everything gets affected by the winter. However, the parts that are uncovered are affected worse and need that extra protection.
In this case its the hair. You don’t want your hair to dry out, this causes split ends and breakages.
Keeping your hair healthy is really very simple. Use a hydrating conditioner and leave it in for a couple of minutes. This will allow your hair to absorb all the good ingredients from the conditioner. You can also use a hair mask every so often, it will really help your hair to stay soft and strong.
Avoid products with alcohol
Using products with alcohol is not something I ever recommend. However, during the cold months, I strongly advise keeping away from any alcohol in all beauty products. Alcohol has a drying tendency which is a no-no for this time of year.
I hope these tips on how to update your beauty routine for autumn and winter has helped you. Keeping on top of ourselves is hard especially when we are busy and I get that! But it’s so important not to neglect ourselves because we are the only ones who lose out in the end.
I recommend starting to implement these changes slowly from the beginning of autumn. This gives you time to adjust to the different products and it will give your skin a heads up!
Happy Autumn dear readers and do let me know in the comments below your favourite beauty swaps for the colder months!