10 essential changes to make to your beauty routine this season
It’s that time of year again where we switch out the shorter hemlines for tights and boots. While the cooler months definitely have some perks (yay for less shaving!), no one is immune to a case of the post-summer blues…even our skin.
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The skin cycle
Have you ever found your Holy Grail moisturiser turns on you suddenly and stops delivering results? Or your makeup doesn’t quite sit like it used to? There’s a reason for that: seasonal change.
It turns out our mood isn’t the only thing affected by the weather. Unfortunately, according to the experts, your streamlined beauty regime is not universal year-round. Just like the seasons, our skin goes through different phases and as a result our skincare, and even makeup, needs to adjust accordingly.
Our skin requires different types of support and products through the cooler months. Read on for 10 essential products to add to your AW19 beauty arsenal.
What happens: As we shift from summer to autumn, the skin enters a transitional phase and is highly reactive to changes in the atmosphere. You’ll start to observe increased dehydration due to less humidity and moisture in the air. During autumn, that luminous glow we sported in summer starts to fade and our complexion can look ‘drained’.
What your skin needs: This is the time to feed your skin with antioxidant-rich skincare and invigorating at-home treatments to ensure it’s as strong and resilient as possible heading into winter.
What happens: In the winter, rapidly changing temperatures, from heated indoors to cold outdoors, are harsh on the skin and capillaries. The prolonged exposure to wet weather also slows down cell renewal and circulation, as well as strips the skin's barrier function. Overall, you’ll notice your skin just doesn’t operate like it used to - not to mention the effects of winters ills and chills on skin performance! As your skin gets put through the ringer expect to see more dryness, redness and irritation than usual. While tempting, try to reduce frequency of super-hot showers and tone down the central heating.
What your skin needs: Winter is all about retaining as much moisture as possible. From cleansers to lotions, it’s important to up the ante in the moisture department.
Ditch the foaming cleanser
Since your skin is already lacking moisture, you don’t want to strip it even more with foaming agents. Instead, introduce a gentle milk or cream-based formula like Bees Brilliance Manuka Honey & Propolis Cleanser, which will replenish and nourish dry skin.
Hydrating serums are a must
Don’t be fooled by the thinner consistency, serums sure pack a punch! Containing an ultra-concentrated and potent blend of active ingredients, investing in a hydrating serum is worth every dollar. Look for a serum with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B for its super-hydrating and plumping properties - try La-Roche Posay’s Hyalu B5 Serum.
Make friends with vitamin C
Vitamin C is the ultimate do-all serum! A proven brightening agent, applying a few drops to your skin morning and night will help to revive a lacklustre complexion and reduce the appearance of pigmentation developed over summer. Trilogy’s new Rosehip Vitamin C Booster is an intense two-week treatment that features 6 percent natural vitamin C and an innovative activator to ensure maximum potency.
Keep redness at bay
Chilly temperatures and winds can cause your cheeks to go a not-so-flattering shade of blush. In response to the cold, blood rushes to your face to help regulate your temperature. Thankfully, there are plenty of products to heal and conceal redness. Try Avène Antirougeurs Jour Cream SPF20, a day moisturiser that relieves redness, followed by colour-correcting makeup to counteract flushed cheeks. Try L'Oréal Paris Infallible Primer Anti-Redness, Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Pen Redness and Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup SPF15.
Don’t underestimate the power of a peel
Want all the amazing benefits of a peel without the downtime? Enter at-home peels – intensive treatments formulated to deliver results that rival the in-salon versions. With each use, your complexion is visibly transformed to reveal a refined and radiant complexion. Expect to see improved clarity and texture, as well as reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Try the beauty-editor approved Elizabeth Arden Progressive renewal treatment or Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel.
Change-up your moisturiser
The lightweight moisturiser you used in summer doesn’t always stack up against the winter elements. If your skin is flaky and your foundations aren’t blending like they used to, your skin probably isn’t getting the moisture it needs. Swap out your summer lotion for a richer formula to feed your skin with much-needed hydration. Murad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture is a super-rich moisturiser formulated to relieve dry, dehydrated skin and restore youthful resilience.
The biggest misconception and skincare mistake people make in winter is forgetting to apply sunscreen. Just because you can’t physically see the sun shining doesn’t mean it’s not quietly there wreaking havoc. If you’re hitting the slopes it’s especially important to take extra care as reflected rays from snow and ice are particularly damaging. If the cold weather has caused sudden sensitivity, invest in a gentle, oil-free formula specifically for the face like Clinique SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face.
The most defining characteristic of New Zealand’s chilly season has to be its unpredictability. It has a mind of its own so it’s no surprise your skin gets a bit confused. It’s essential to have a multi-purpose balm on hand at all times like the cult Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. Whether it’s to protect from dry winds and central heating, soothe skin inflammation or irritation, heal chapped lips, or heal flakiness, an all-in-one balm is a must.
Dryness, dullness, oily patches and blotchiness are all common in autumn and winter when the moisture is sucked from your skin. Stay away from powder formulations as they’ll dry your skin out even more. Instead, opt for liquid foundations with hydrating properties to help dryness and restore radiance like the Clinique Even Better Refresh™ Hydrating and Repairing Makeup or L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation.
Fake it till you make it
If this season is robbing you of your sparkle, there’s no shame in faking it. Stock up on makeup with illuminating and reflective ingredients to create the illusion of a healthy glow. We love the Clarins SOS Primer in Rose for a lustrous base followed by a few drops of Lancôme Custom Sculpting Drops in Golden Glow into our favourite foundation.
The above products are available from Life Pharmacy stores nationwide
What changes do you observe in your skin during autumn and winter?