Autumn is now fast approaching, and although I’ll be sad to say goodbye to the longer, warmer days of summer, autumn is by far my favourite season, and certainly poses fewer beauty challenges than it’s predecessor, with its make-up melting sunshine, and hairstyle sabotaging humidity, however we still need to navigate through that awkward in-between phase where were not quite sure how many layers to wear or whether we’ll be needing sunglasses, an umbrella – or both! The changing and often unpredictable weather conditions, combination of switching between air-conditioning and heating and the return to spending more time indoors should act as a prompt for us to take a look at how we are taking care of our skin and hair, and make the necessary tweaks here and there.
To help I’ve put together my top tips to help you transition your beauty routine from summer to autumn:
Get rich quick!
Now is the time to begin to make the switch from light cleansing fluids and moisturisers to richer balms, creams and oil type skincare products, unless your skin is particularly oily. It’s also the perfect time to step up your body exfoliating and moisturising regime, as the skin on our arms and legs can also begin to become drier at this time of year as we head towards the colder months.
Most people find that their skin tone varies slightly throughout the year, so there’s a good chance that your summer foundation shade won’t work for you in autumn if your skin tone naturally lightens over the colder months, or if you have acquired a tan over summer. It’s a good idea to have two base products (that differ in both tone and texture) that you can keep on rotation, one lighter formulation for your spring/summer kit, and a richer one for autumn/winter.
Hydrate your hair
Throughout summer we’re more likely to allow our hair to dry naturally, or wear it tied up, as the season changes our hair will soon suffer the effects of central heating, hairdryers or other heated styling tools. Get a head start by applying a deep conditioning treatment weekly, always use a heat-protecting product when styling your hair and go for regular trims to keep split ends at bay.
Look after your lips
Lips can often be the first area to show signs of dryness and dehydration as they do not contain sebaceous glands, so cannot produce oil to stay moisturised, and can really suffer in changing temperatures. Exfoliate once or twice weekly with a lip scrub, and moisturise regularly with a nourishing lip balm.
Maintain your summer glow
The sunshine may be disappearing but that does mean you can’t hang on to your radiant summer glow. Keep skin looking luminous by adding a couple of drops of liquid highlighter to your moisturiser or foundation. For extra warmth apply bronzer in the shape of a number three starting next to the browbone, then sweeping underneath the cheekbone and finally along the jawline, keeping the application light.
Move your make-up towards the dark side
It’s time to dig out the deeper tones in your make-up collection. Be inspired by the amber, russet and brown tones that are present in nature throughout autumn. Look for rich plums, golds and jewel tones and instead of a gloss try a rich, matte lipstick or if you prefer a more subtle make-up look wear any darker tones as a sheer wash of colour instead.
As the nights begin to draw in it’s tempting to want to hibernate indoors but to avoid dull skin it’s vital that you keep active to maintain good circulation, which can be affected by cooler weather. Making the extra effort to massage creams and oils into skin during application, which will also help maintain good blood flow to the skin.