A lot of people will experience oil over- or under-production once summer ends, typically because we are no longer exposed to the drying elements of the sun, we’re in and out of water less and our skin begins the reparation process brought on by exposure to UV rays and outdoor conditions.
When traditional summer behaviors such as drinking lots of water and exercising stop, our skin has to adjust—which usually means it seeks moisture from oil production and we experience a drop in our skin’s overall health. This is typified by breakouts, irritation and the feeling that our skin texture has changed.
While we know achieving lit-from-within skin is a daily balancing act that includes a diet high in greens and organic produce, the lotions and potions we use on the outside also need a temperature check as we move into a new season.
CHANGE PRODUCTS SEASONALLY
Maintaining the same routine all year round is a big no-no—your skin won’t be getting the TLC it needs, particularly when it comes to moisture and vitamins. For optimal cell function, switch to ingredients that promote additional hydration during autumn.
WATCH OUT FOR AGGRAVATORS
Switching temperature constantly (hot shower, cold commute, unusually-warm office—and repeat) affects the skin’s ability to regulate oil and function optimally. A lot of people experience eczema or condition flare ups in winter—in general, the skin is a lot flakier and drier. If this wasn’t bad enough, breakouts are also on the rise. Changes in the diet, a higher intake of fats and oilier foods can also mean that our skin clogs a lot easier, and breakouts can occur quite frequently. We’re also inclined to drink less water, which plays a huge factor in skin hydration levels during these months.
BEST WAY TO EXFOLIATE
Turns out, there’s more than one right way to rub—it all depends on your skin type. “For sensitive skin we would recommend no more than once per week or fortnight for exfoliation. For those who don’t have too many difficulties with their skin, twice as week is perfectly fine,” she says. And how? “It’s always best to let the exfoliation particles do the bulk of the work, so lightly massaging from the centre of the face outward is the most optimal way. Avoid stretching, pushing or pressing down on the skin as this can sometimes cause damage or abrasions. If you’re new to cleansing, perhaps start by using your normal product with a tool like a muslin cloth or cleansing brush, as these tend to be more gentle, but can still give you an idea of how your skin will react to exfoliation before your commit to a face scrub,”
BEYOND TOPICAL CARE
Drinking plenty of water and eating foods with adequate water content will help prevent the skin from drying out. In addition, it’s important to seek out ingredients in your skincare products that will both hydrate and assist the skin in retaining that moisture for the long haul. “Ingredients rich in essential fatty acids such as avocado oil, rosehip oil and vitamin E will keep the skin plump and hydrated, while jojoba, Aloe Vera and Shea butter will keep the cells functioning optimally, allowing them to maximize the skin’s water retention,”
Although the autumn sun is not as strong as it was in summer, it is still necessary for you to use your sunscreen regularly. A sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 is required in autumn. Patch dryness, eczema and psoriasis, seborrhea and pityriasis rosea can start to flare. Even oily skin needs a moisturizer to keep oil production at bay, so use oil-free liquid moisturizers. If you have “sun spots” on your skin as a result of sun exposure last summer, you can go for exfoliation and whitening treatments. However, do consult your dermatologist before undergoing any treatment.
DIVERSIFY YOUR HYDRATION
For glowy autumn skin, use moisturizers which are not too thick or too thin, but rich in nourishing ingredients. “We would always recommend either a separate night cream-to-day cream, or a few drops of face oil in your day moisturizer before going to bed. To supplement your skin’s hydration levels, look for serums and skin ‘boosters’ that focus on hydrating the skin or increasing skin elasticity. They sit on your skin all day, underneath your makeup—and they work wonders to keep skin healthy and hydrated.” For on-the-go touch ups, you can’t beat a spritz of a hydrating toner or facial water.