Of all the seasons, perhaps the most romanticised and hotly anticipated is autumn.
We expect orange-hued days spent snuggled under a blanket, and we look forward to wearing our favourite jumpers once again! But what may look pretty in a picture often doesn’t bode well for our skin.
With a sharp drop in temperature making us switch on the heating, the autumn weather can wreak havoc on any skin type. Here are our top 5 essential autumn skin care tips to see you and your skin through the change in seasons.
1. Exfoliate regularly in autumn
To save your skin from becoming dull, lacklustre and dehydrated during the autumn months, up your exfoliation to twice a week.
Exfoliating regularly, helps to increase cellular regeneration and removes dead skin cells that can hinder the absorption of any moisturisers or serums.
When selecting a scrub, we recommend choosing one with natural exfoliants such as Bamboo, Clay or Pineapple.
Our organic Fruit Scrub Exfoliator for the face and neck is microbead-free and blended with deeply nourishing Shea butter to keep skin hydrated, refreshed and radiant all year round.
2. Inject more moisture
Having a super-moisturising facial product in your arsenal really is one of the most important autumn beauty tips.
Make sure you avoid any cosmetics that contain drying alcohol, as this synthetic nasty strips your skin of moisture and can cause it to become dry and itchy.
If you’ve never tried a facial oil before, now is the perfect time to invest. With a beautifully light, silky texture and an intense nourishing feel, facial oils are the ideal products to give your skin the edge against the elements.
Our Anti Ageing Facial Oil and Age Defy+ Cell Enrich Facial Oil are both full of powerful skin-rejuvenating plant oils, including organic Rosehip, Evening Primrose and Sweet Almond.These natural facial oils create a protective barrier on your skin against environmental aggressors, and they lock moisture into your skin for longer.
If your skin has lost its glow, try a pampering overnight treatment to nourish, plump and boost radiance.
Blended with organic anti-ageing plant actives, simply apply a pea-sized amount to your entire face and neck and leave it to work it's magic overnight.
3. Choose natural lip care
It can be tempting to reach for a tub of petroleum jelly to protect chapped lips from the chill; however that innocent looking tub may not be as helpful as you think.
As a by-product from the oil industry, petroleum jelly is not compatible with our skin. Slathering it on your lips is essentially wrapping your skin in cling film, preventing it from breathing and potentially making the area even more sore and chapped.
Instead, reach for a lip product that contains natural waxes, butters and oils to protect, nourish and repair damaged lips.
Use our Enrich & Enhance Lip Primer, blended with Beeswax and Sunflower, by itself as a hydrating balm or under any lipstick as a colour-enhancing primer.
4. Help out your hands
Probably the most common cold skin quandary is dry, sore hands. This isn’t really surprising as our hands are often exposed to the elements, whether it's fumbling for keys or tapping away on our phones, we often neglect them when it comes to skin care.
Because the skin on your hands doesn't produce as much natural oil as the rest of your body, this area is much more prone to dryness, especially in colder weather. It’s time to give back to our hardest working body parts!
Pamper your hands with a deeply hydrating rescue remedy like our Manuka & Lemon Tea Tree Hand Cream, enriched with Squalane from olive, Jojoba oil and soothing Shea butter, your hands won’t know how to thank you.
5. Get beautiful skin from within
You can make a big difference to your skin by making some small changes to your diet.
For example, many of us still don’t drink enough water and this can cause skin to become dry and flaky. Drinking 2 litres of filtered water per day (8 x 250ml glasses) is an essential way to protect your skin from succumbing to autumn dullness.
If you aren’t already taking an organic food supplement, autumn is a great time to begin.
Our superfood Green Beauty supplement not only gives your immune system a much needed pre-winter boost, it also works wonders to hydrate, smooth and protect your skin. Green Beauty contains one of the most powerful known antioxidants called Astaxanthin.
This ingredient is so remarkable as it is able to enter and protect every cell in the body, effectively giving you a full-body hug!
What's your top autumn beauty tip? Get in touch @GreenPeopleUK!