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Ways to Update Your Skin Care Routine for Autumn

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October is here and that means it’s time for a skin care wardrobe switcheroo. Those beloved summer staples that kept your skin balanced in the sunshine need to be replaced with products more tailored to the fresher, crisper weather we are likely to enjoy over the coming months. Here are six products to add to your routine ready for autumn.

Address Inevitable Sensitivity

A sudden drop in temperature, an increase in chilly winds and bright autumnal sunshine are the key factors that lead to your skin’s inevitable freak out during the seasonal adjustment. Even those with oily complexions will likely experience redness, dehydration and tight skin during the colder months, so add a product to your routine to combat all this like the new SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque. This comforting gel mask contains soothing botanicals and Hyaluronic Acid to keep all complexions happy and healthy whatever the weather forecast.

Make Moisture a Priority

Just like fashion, there are certain ‘trends’ in skin care that roll around every year and for very good reason. The drier air experienced during autumn and winter means the skin can quickly become dry so it is important to switch to a more nourishing (not thicker!) moisturiser to see you through the rest of the year. Most complexions will love the plumping, nutrient-rich formula of the OSKIA Restoration Oil, which can be used instead of a moisturiser or mixed in with your existing products, while dry skins will love something with more barrier-repairing properties, like the new Dermaceutic Panthenol Ceutic.

Switch to an Enzyme Exfoliator

Pumpkins are the unofficial symbol for autumn along with falling leaves and roaring fires, but did you know they can also work wonders for your skin? Pumpkins contain natural enzymes that help to remove dead cells from the skin by safely dissolving the bonds holding them onto the surface. Try using the gloTherapeutics Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub once or twice a week to effectively buff and brighten dull skin.

Don’t Forget These Key Areas

It’s very easy to focus solely on the health of the skin on your face during the autumn but there are two other areas that require your attention as the temperature drops. The first place is the lips, which become incredibly chapped and sore during the colder months, so make sure you have a reparative lip treatment to hydrate and protect them against external damage. The Elizabeth Arden PRO Triple Protection Factor Lip Balm SPF30 is perfect for this.

The other area to keep your eye on is the hands. They are constantly exposed to the harsh, cold temperatures of autumn and can quickly become rough and dry so slather them in a barrier-strengthening cream daily, like the Hand Chemistry Extreme Hydration Concentrate. Use it as a preventative or as a rescue remedy for hands already showing the signs of seasonal irritation.

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