SKINCARE ROUTINE: Why does my skin change in Autumn ?
Autumn is an explosion of flavours and warm colours. It’s a great time to layer up, cuddle up and repair the sun damage that may have occurred during the summer. One thing is certain; Autumn does not go unnoticed on our skin, and it’s essential that we adapt our skin care routine to protect ourselves against the cold weather and replenish our body’s largest organ.
WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR SKIN DURING THIS SEASON
Our skin evolves in reaction to the weather to better adapt to the changes it will have to face. In Autumn, tree leaves lose the chlorophyll that is used to absorb the sun's energy. The green colour on the leaf’s surface gradually disappears, giving way to the inner deep orange colour of the leaf. The same phenomenon occurs in our skin with the melanin pigments. This is when you lose your tan and your blemishes come out, as the protective barrier on our skin is broken down, and you become more exposed to the daily pollution and harsh weather conditions. Cold weather and low humidity also draw moisture away from the skin. Our complexion reacts to this change by appearing tired, dull and in some cases, developing patches of hyperpigmentation. Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis are also prone to flaring up at this time.
All is not lost, however! The trick is to give it what it needs as the weather changes. We recommend switching to heavier skincare formulas, based on rich vegetables oils, vegetable butters, and regenerating wild active ingredients offer more protection as they both penetrate the skin and leave a protective barrier on its surface.
WE CAN’T SAY IT ENOUGH, BUT HYDRATION IS KEY
Hydrate from the inside out by drinking enough water (we tend to drink less in autumn than in the summer). Autumn temperatures also bring parched or even chapped lips. We sometimes forget to take care of them, but our lips lack the waterproofing layer that the rest of our skin has, making them more susceptible to water loss and in need of special attention to protect them against the elements and keep them hydrated. Our hands and feet also become drier in this season, and our skin will be more receptive to the care you provide on a daily basis.
REMEMBER TO EXFOLIATE
To keep your skin fresh, smooth and free of dry skin which may clog the pores and cause blemishes, we recommend exfoliating at least once per week using our Face Polish or Body Polish. Exfoliating can sometimes feel counterintuitive when your skin is dry or chapped, but our Polishes are made with an oil and butter base (with no water) which means that they leave a layer of hydration and protection on your skin after use. A light and gentle peel is also ideal in autumn, as it will exfoliate the surface layer of the skin, and in doing so, activate cell renewal and eliminate small skin imperfections (dilated pores, pigment spots, complexion irregularities, fine lines and wrinkles, etc.). Your complexion will be visibly brighter, smoother and more toned. After doing a peel, we always recommend massaging your face with an facial oil or balm, such as our Facial Oil or Night Repair. The massage gesture stimulates the elimination of cellular waste which is an essential step in maintaining glow and improving tonicity.
LOOK OUT FOR AUTUMN FRIENDLY INGREDIENTS
Vitamin A (also referred to as Retinol) is a powerful antioxidant, which is key for boosting collagen production and stimulating cell regeneration. You can find this in ingredients such as Broccoli Seed Oil (found in our Night Repair).
Shea Butter, Beeswax and Cocoa Butter are natural, eco friendly alternatives to Petroleum, and leave a long lasting layer that lock in moisture without clogging pores.
NUTRITION & LIFESTYLE HABITS PLAY A ROLE IN HEALTHY SKIN
Focus on antioxidants on your skin but also in your food as a radiant face is a result of good nutrition. The more balanced diet we eat, the more it will show in our complexion. Mainly found in fruits and vegetables (such as kiwi, strawberries, broccoli or even zucchini), antioxidants prevent cells ageing and fight against the effects of free radicals, which is a key ingredient for radiant skin.
The best advice we can give you is to sleep earlier and change your bedtime habits. Avoid stimuli at least an hour before going to sleep and above all, turn off your TV and phone, both of which keep your brain active and delay your natural physiological bedtime!
We hope that these tips help you have a serene Autumn and that your skin will thank you for it. If you are switching from synthetic, conventional products to natural, remember that plenty of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals such as retinol can be found in natural ingredients such as Broccoli Seed Oil. Be curious and pamper your skin.
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PS: We had the pleasure of joining Blomma Livestream on 14th October to talk about this topic. You can watch the video here below: