It goes without saying that as we transition from one season to another our skin can be affected. There are a few common issues that people can experience during Autumn, a number of which are detailed below.
1. Dry & sensitive skin:
The colder temperatures and lower humidity levels can lead to drier skin. This can cause flakiness, itching, and tightness. In addition the transition from hot to cold weather can make the skin more sensitive. Increased wind and exposure to indoor heating can also contribute to skin irritation.
Strong winds can cause redness, inflammation, and chapped skin, especially on the face and the exposed areas.
3. Acne flare-ups:
Changes in weather, increased humidity, and hormonal shifts during this season can lead to acne breakouts.
4. Uneven skin tone:
Excessive sun exposure during the summer can result in uneven pigmentation, such as dark spots and melasma. These can become more apparent in autumn as the skin begins to repair itself.
5. Eczema and psoriasis flare-ups:
Autumn weather can trigger flare-ups for those with pre-existing skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.
Here are some tips for addressing these issues:
Use a moisturiser that is rich in hydrating ingredients to combat dryness and replenish the skin's moisture barrier. The original Skin Elixir
is a marvellous product for bringing skin into balance and giving it a surge of moisture.
2. Protect your skin:
Apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, even during autumn. Sun damage can still occur even on cloudy days. Natural astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant pigment found in certain microalgae, crustaceans, and fish, known for its vibrant red colour and numerous health benefits. It provides excellent protection against UV radiation; studies suggest it offers approximately SPF 10 sun protection factor, reducing the risk of sunburn and skin damage caused by the sun.
Use a gentle exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. This can help with the appearance of uneven skin tone and texture. For an effective homemade remedy take a tablespoon of Baking Powder (Bob's Best is a good brand) combine with enough water to made a paste. Massage into the face in circular motions for 1-2 minutes avoid delicate eye area. Do this a couple of times a week. It acts as a gentle exfoliant, helping to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. If your skin is ultra sensitive you could try coffee grounds or an oatmeal/water mix.
4. Avoid fragrances and harsh ingredients:
These can further irritate sensitive skin so probably a wise move to opt for synthetic fragrance-free and gentle skincare products. Remembering too that perfume is skincare too.
5. Incorporate antioxidants:
Use products containing antioxidants like vitamin C to protect the skin from free radical damage and promote a brighter complexion. Add more to your diet - begin the day with warm water and fresh lemon or lime. Read my blog post on 5 tips to nourish yourself from the inside out.
6. Maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle:
Eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and getting regular exercise can contribute to overall skin health. Check out my blog post on rebounding
and its positive effect on skin health.
You will be pleased to know that Skin Elixir products
are designed with all seasons in mind and can be used all year round to being you your best skin yet.
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