Autumn has officially arrived. We are seeing the shops make way for cosy knitwear and hot chocolate is now a firm favourite on the menu boards in coffee shops. Personally, I would have to say that autumn is probably my favourite season. With the rich colours and crisp, fresh mornings that still promise a hint of sunshine, autumn really does have a lot going for it. It signals the transition from the warmth of summer to the brisk cold of winter.
This makes autumn a perfect time of year to repair and rejuvenate your skin from the damage caused by the sun and to prepare it for the drier air of winter.
Here are our top tips on looking and feeling great.
1. Keep Exfoliating
Many of us let our exfoliation routine go in the colder months. Though you will be sweating less, dead skin cells and sebum will still build up. Exfoliate weekly to keep your face smooth and radiant throughout autumn.
2. Up the Hydration
As cooler weather starts to bite, humidity plummets and the central heating comes on. Dry air sucks the moisture out of our skin leaving it looking dull and drained. Use a moisturising facial wash, upgrade your cleanser to something more hydrating and watch your skin come back to life. Most importantly, don’t cut back on drinking water just because it’s cooler. Your skin needs it now more than ever.
3. Moisturise, Moisturise
After a summer of sun, sea and sand, your skin may be feeling drained and dehydrated. Build it back up before winter arrives by switching to a richer moisturiser.
4. Don’t Skip the Sunscreen
You may be packing away the beachwear until next season, but don’t bin the sunscreen just because the temperature has dropped. Even though you can’t feel or see sun damage occurring in the cooler months, UV rays are still hitting your skin. Apply sunscreen daily. A good rule of thumb is if you can see without the lights on, you need sunscreen.
5. Increase Your Vitamin Intake
With the cold and flu season just around the corner, autumn is the time to boost your immunity and increase your intake of essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamin D is in particular short supply once the summer sun has gone down with deficiencies common and many health conditions linked to it. Eat foods rich in vitamin D such as oily fish, cheese and egg yolks, and take an additional supplement.
Another great way to boost your vitamin intake is through our IV Nutrient Therapy. Our expert practitioners can look at your vitamin and mineral blood profile and create a bespoke blend of essential nutrients for your individual needs.
5. Treat Yourself to a Facial
We all need a little TLC during the colder months and our skin is no different. Our WOW facial is the ultimate six-stage medi facial, with each stage being meticulously ordered to deliver a transformation to the skin. The six stages work on different layers to exfoliate, detox, regenerate, hydrate, and supercharge the skin with essential vitamins and peptides and help kick-start the skin’s metabolism. It’s tailored to suit your specific skin type, giving you a personalised facial that will WOW – just in time for the party season.
A little extra effort to ramp up your skincare regime throughout autumn will help you keep that glowing complexion from the summer and reduce the risks of skin fatigue by feeding your skin with vital nutrients.
Pop into the clinic or drop us a line on 01908 617266 to chat about how we can help your skin to look amazing throughout the seasons.