Just like the change in your wardrobe, it’s time to switch up your skincare routine to avoid tight and dehydrated skin as the weather cools.
Autumn is the perfect time to repair any damage done to your skin during the summer months, as well as prep and protect it from colder temperatures. Skin tends to repair itself as you sleep, so try these four products before you snooze to see the best results.
Cleanse – Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, £16.50
If you’ve got into the habit of rushing your skincare routine, it’s time to throw away the makeup wipes and start properly cleansing your skin – this season, double cleansing is going to be your best friend.
The process behind this step is that you’ll cleanse once to remove your makeup and then once again to get rid of any excess dirt and oil you may have missed. Whilst a cleansing gel or cream is the preferred option, you can also use an affordable micelllar water with cotton pads to gently exfoliate the skin.
We love: Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – the perfect 2-in-1 product that also comes with two soft muslin cloths.
Exfoliate – Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains, £33
Buff away dead skin cells to leave skin feeling refreshed, plump and radiant. Exfoliation is a step that shouldn’t be taken more than 2-3 times a week, as it can strip skin of natural oils, however it’s still an important part of your routine and will make a noticable difference to the texture and appearance of your skin.
We love: Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains – simply mix with water or a cleanser to create your very own exfoliator with a personalised consistency.
Tone – Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid, £15
For days when you’re not exfoliating, a toner is also a great way to finish the cleansing process as it rebalances the skin and reduces the appearance of large pores.
We love: Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner for keeping skin refreshed and bright without drying out the skin.
Serum – The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £5.90
After cleansing and toning (but before moisturising) it’s time to add serum. Serums are great for penetrating deep into the skin, especially if aging skin is a particular concern. However, different serums can be used to target different problem areas, from hyperpigmentation to acne scarring.
We love: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – a massive bonus of this product is the price tag. For less than £6, it just goes to show you don’t need to spend a fortune for good skincare.
Moisturise – Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, £24.50
The most important thing is that you ensure you pick a moisturiser specific to your skin type. Whether you need to go through a few samples to find the perfect match, it’s well worth taking the time to choose the right one for you. Even if you’ve got oily skin, this is a crucial step and not only will it leave skin feeling smoother over time, it will also create a better base for your makeup.
We love: The Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream – as a great all-rounder, this keeps moisture locked in all day and through the night if applied before you sleep.