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Today we’re talking updates for your skincare routine as we transition out of the summer heat and into cooler autumn weather...
This is a pretty obvious one! And it's the first place. where I tend to notice my skin needing a change. In the summer, my skin appreciates the lightweight, humectant-based feel of a gel-cream. My personal favourite and my go-to this summer is the Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Cream* | £35 | full review. The way it melted into my skin - providing hydration that lasts without a heavy feel - and the way it worked with my sunscreen so I didn't end up a greasy mess was perfection. However, my tub is finished right on cue and I'll be swapping that moisturiser out of my routine for something a little more heavy-duty with skin softening, dryness-tacking fatty goodness. I personally really like the Byoma Moisturising Rich Cream* | £13.99 | full review | for daytime use because it gives me that nourishing goodness but the texture isn't too too much. This is packed full of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids, which are the three components of you skin's lipid barrier. A strong and healthy barrier function stops the skin feeling dry and irritated, which is especially important as harsher weather begins to set in. It does all of this with a lotion-like texture that softens my skin and feels protective, however it's not thick or heavy at all!
During the summer, you need a pretty robust cleanser if you're breaking a sweat, especially if your skin is naturally oily. Though I generally like a gentle, non-foaming, moisturising cleanser all year round, but the Ordinary's Glucoside Foaming Cleanser* | £11.10 | full review | came with me on every single holiday! It's not too stripping but it's a gel-based foaming cleanser that can cut through all that sweat and waterproof SPF. However, as the weather cools, I'm firmly back on my favourite cream cleansers. My go-to at the moment is the Skin Rocks Cream Cleanser (Fragrance Free)* | £32 | full review. This is a creamy, non-foaming, melts-under-your-fingers cleanser that leaves my skin soft, happy and moisturised after use with ingredients like squalane, amino acids and jojoba oil. It can be used in the morning or as a quick one-step PM cleanse on no-makeup or light makeup days. If you have dry skin or you feel your skin getting drier as the weather cools: give this a go!
Summer is the time for high-protection sunscreen that won't budge if you're exercising, at the beach or out and about exploring nature. However, for the colder months, it's really not necessary unless you're exercising, and removing it thoroughly is just an extra step in my routine I can live without! So, although the lightweight-yet-indestructible La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMUNE 400 Invisible Fluid SPF 50+* | £19.90 | full review | was a non-negotiable for me during my summer holidays, it's time to retire it and swap to something a little more elegant. For me, that's currently the Klairs All Day Airy Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA++++* | £21 (15% off with code JASMINETALKSBEAUTY) | review and demo. This is a lightweight melting water-based lotion sunscreen that still offers a high level of protection but isn't water-resistant so is easier to remove. This dreamy under makeup, it's hydrating but not greasy (my autumn skin always appreciates a bit of extra moisture) and it's so lightweight on my skin.
This is definitely an optional one, but it's something I like for my drier skin type. I love having a facial oil to finish off my routine or a skin balm on hand to spot apply as and when I need it to dry and / or sensitive patches of skin. An oil is just that extra layer of nourishment that keeps my dry skin soft and glowing when I wake up in the morning, even when the weather is cold. I personally really like the lightweight, antioxidant-rich Bondi Sands Wonder Potion Hero Oil* | £9.99 | full review. Or, if that sounds like a bit much all over your skin, why not try a skin balm? I personally really enjoy using the oil-based REN Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm* | £36 | full review | to spot-treat patches of dryness. Or I sometimes use a balm as a pre-emptive measure to nourish and protect areas of skin I know are more prone to dryness when the weather gets cold outside and we crank up the central heating.
I'm actually not a big exfoliator and I don't exfoliate much at all during the summer; I just don't find that my skin needs it. However, my skin is very prone to dryness, so I definitely feel those dry skin cells build up as the weather gets colder, so I feel like my skin needs a bit of extra help in shedding them. So, I up my use of a fairly-gentle, hydration-packed exfoliating toner like the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow BHA + PHA Pore-Tight Toner* | £31 | full review | from once a week to 2-3 times a week. I'm still not overdoing it and my Vitamin C and retinoid still have room to breathe in my routine, but it still helps me keep on top of my drier skin.
What skincare changes are you planning on making as we go from summer into autumn?