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Today's post is a pretty quick 'does what it says on the tin' rundown of the key changes to make to your skincare routine as we head into autumn. I personally find that my skin over the past couple of weeks has felt drier, tighter and a little more sensitive. These are all pretty common side-effects of seasonal weather changes, and today I'm sharing how I combat them...
Switch to an oil-based active
I actually timed things pretty well this year, because I'm just finishing up my Summer Fridays CC Me Vitamin C Serum | £57 | full review | and recently got the Biossance Squalane + Rose Oil Vitamin C* | £61 | full review coming soon. Vitamin C is an amazing skincare ingredient that can help brighten the skin and even out its tone and texture. It also works incredibly well within an oil-based delivery system. This isn't always possible during the summer months, because smothering the skin with oil in hot weather isn't the nicest feeling in the world. However, during the winter when you need the extra nourishment; it's perfect. The Biossance formula combines Vitamin C with squalane, a nourishing skin-similar oil derived from sugar cane in this instance, to give both glow and deep moisture. Similar swaps can be made in other areas; usually my go-to retinoid is the Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3* £45 | full review | but something like the Sunday Riley Luna Oil* | £45 | full review | is a great oil-based alternative.
Swap your lightweight hydrating serum for a barrier-builder
For summer days I'm all about refreshing, lightweight hydrating serums that give my skin a dewy glow, for which the Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Serum | £37 | full review coming soon | was perfect. However, whilst hyaluronic acid is still lovely for maintaining the skin barrier, as the colder weather sets in I find something like the Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief | £34.99 | full review coming soon | to be more effective. It contains nourishing oil-based ingredients like tamanu oil (which has additional skin-repairing benefits), rosehip oil (which may also help with scarring), niacinamide (this helps strengthen the skin barrier), squalane (which we've already discussed) and ceramides (again, these are often called the 'building blocks' of our skin barrier). This is going to do more to calm irritation and ensure your skin can weather the winter months than the lighter options I reach for when the weather's hot and I want to keep things fresh.
Switch out gel-based moisturiser for something more emollient
During summer, allowing your skin to breathe is really important, and something like the Murad Clarifying Oil Free Water Gel* | £38 | has the added benefits of salicylic acid, to keep breakouts at bay, and hyaluronic acid to pull water into the skin. I really enjoyed this moisturiser when my skin didn't need anything overly nourishing, because it gave that perfect level of hydration that lasted whilst feeling so lightweight. However, as we head into autumn, I tend to bring out the big guns! One of my all-time favourite moisturisers is the Kate Somerville DeliKate Recovery Cream* | £69 | full review | and it's really taught me the importance of looking after my skin barrier. Not only is is gorgeously emollient with occlusive properties, holding in moisture and keeping my skin super-soft, but it's packed full of ceramides, which again help keep the skin strong and healthy.
Swap a foaming gel cleanser for a nourishing cream
Cleansing can actually be one of the most damaging steps of your skincare routine, so it's really important to make sure you're using the right formula for your skin. During the summer, I found the Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater + Tremella Cleanser | £22 | full review coming soon | a great gentle, lightweight cleanser. As opposed to any big foaming action, it gives more of a gentle lather and has a jelly texture, as opposed to acting like your traditional gel. It left my skin feeling fresh and clean but not at all stripped (it's formulated with hydrating rose-water and snow mushroom, which helps pull water into the skin). However, for the autumn I'm already more drawn towards an old favourite: the Wow You! Zen Cleanser | £16 (15% off with code JASMINE15) | full review. This cream cleanser has the most gorgeous formula; it's deeply moisturising but still has a light, airy texture. It's also great for sensitive skin, being formulated with cucumber, oat and avocado.
How are you switching up your skincare for the new season?