Summer may have left you with skin damaged by sun and saltwater, especially if you spent too much time at the beach. If so, your autumn skincare regimen should include steps and products for repairing and rejuvenating your skin.
And as you’re correcting skin damage from summer, it’s also time to stock up on heavier moisturisers and serums in preparation for the colder months ahead.
Autumn skincare for your face
Cleansing gels may have been perfect for post beach showers during the sweltering summer, but now that autumn is here, it’s time to reach for the heavier moisturising facial creams and hydrating cleansers.
The Acure Facial Cleansing Creme gently cleans while providing nutrient dense moisture with ingredients like argan oil and cocoa butter. Andalou Naturals’ Brightening Meyer Lemon Creamy Cleanser also hydrates while reducing blemishes and evening out your skin tone. It’s high in fruit antioxidants, which is just what you need to keep your complexion from looking sallow during colder days.
Reduce your use of facial scrubs, as they can be too drying for your face. For your autumn skincare, choose an alcohol free toner such as this one from Acure.
- Cleanser suggestions: Simple As That Cleanser, Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion, Lavera Basis Cleansing Milk 2 in 1
- Toner suggestions: Mt. Retour Organic Rose Hydrosol, Simple As That Toner
If summer has taken a toll on your skin, autumn is the perfect time to get it back in shape. Your natural skincare routine for this season should include heavier moisturisers, serums, and facial oils that will restore the moisture your skin so badly needs.
Reach for the Lavera Basis Moisturising Cream Q10, which hydrates while reducing wrinkles and fine lines, or the Andalou Naturals Coconut Water Visibly Firm Day Cream, which has fruit enzymes for improving your skin’s tone and texture.
During autumn and winter, your skin can use the added hydrating and regenerating powers of facial oils and serums. ECO Face Organic Rosehip Super Serum repairs and deeply hydrates with certified organic essential oils. Another great option is Weleda’s Almond Soothing Facial Oil, which also works as a makeup remover and a cleanser.
- Moisturiser suggestions: Simple As That Moisturiser, Acure Day Cream
- Serum suggestions: Acure CGF Oil Free Repair Serum, Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Absolute Serum
Because it’s colder and the sun is not as strong, you may be less motivated to put on sunscreen. Remember that you still need UV protection, especially if you’re doing any outdoor activities. ECO Logical’s SPF 30+ Face Sunscreen is great for everyday use, as is the SPF 30 Sunscreen from Simple As That. If you’re looking to maintain a healthy glow now that summer is over, try the Natural Instinct Tinted Face Sunscreen or Andalou Naturals’ Age Defying Skin Perfecting Beauty Balm With SPF 30.
Cold weather can leave you with dry, cracked lips, which is never a good look. Stock up on non petroleum lip balms like this one from Dr. Bronner’s. If you want a bit of colour, this colourbalm from W3LL PEOPLE comes in gorgeous tints and keeps your lips hydrated with omega rich oils. Neek Vegan Lipstick in Friday On My Mind is the perfect shade for autumn and the Hurraw Tinted Lip Balm in Cinnamon has a lovely sweet flavour with just the right amount of sheer colour.
Autumn skincare for your body
Gently scrubbing with an exfoliating product like this one from Weleda every week or so will really help prep your skin for moisturiser. Target tough spots like your elbows and the soles of your feet with a body scrub pad and your favourite creamy body wash.
With the weather getting chillier, it’s time to switch to thicker body lotions. Lock in moisture with Acure’s Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion or the Lavera Basis Moisturising Lotion. Hands can get super dry during autumn, so begin nourishing them now to keep them soft throughout the months ahead. The original Badger Balm for Hardworking Hands is great stuff. So is the Weleda Citrus Hand and Nail Cream, which has an invigorating scent to perk you up when the skies are grey.
Hands and Feet
Autumn is a great time to switch up your nail colours. From the bright pastels and loud neons of summer, it’s time to reach for the corals and warm reds . Choose “3 free,” “5 free,” or “7 free” nail polish brands, which don’t contain formaldehyde and other nasties.
Lastly, don’t forget to invest in a good foot cream. Your feet may be stuck in boots for the next few months, but keep them exfoliated and hydrated and you’ll have no problem popping them out when you go back to wearing flip flops. Pamper your feet with the Lavera Basis Foot Cream, which also helps prevent excessive sweating. The Badger Foot Balm, which leaves a tingly cooling sensation, feels like heaven at the end of a long day.
- Body lotion suggestions: Andalou Naturals Vitalising Body Lotion Mandarin, Lavera Basis All Round Cream, Weleda Skin Food
- Hand cream suggestions: Lavera Basis Hand Cream, Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream
General tips for autumn skincare
Changes in temperature can also lead to changes in skin type. Pay close attention to your skin. Reassess its needs and switch up your skincare routine if necessary.
A little exfoliation will help your skin better absorb moisturisers, but overdoing it can damage your skin’s lipid barrier. After summer, it’s best to give your skin a break and let it rebuild collagen. Try to not use scrubs and other exfoliating products more than once a week.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Don’t forget to switch to non soap facial cleansers and hydrating body washes. Apply body lotion and facial moisturiser immediately after your bath or shower to seal in moisture.
Whether or not you spent a lot of time on the beach this summer, you probably have at least a bit of sun damage. When you’re stocking up on new products to add to your autumn skincare regimen, look for those that address issues like hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and melasma.
Autumn skincare routine
Keep your skin looking soft and supple during autumn with a new skincare routine designed specifically for the colder weather.
Before going to bed:
- Remove your makeup and cleanse your face.
- Apply a non alcohol toner.
- Apply a hydrating serum or facial oil.
- Follow this up with a rich moisturiser.
- On nights when your face feels particularly parched, you can apply a nourishing night cream.
- Rub on some foot cream and hand cream. Use a cuticle balm or pen if your nails are looking scraggly.
In the morning:
- Wash your face with just water. Skip the soap to protect the natural oils on your skin. If you do feel the need to use a cleanser, use one with a non drying cream formula.
- Apply a moisturiser with SPF 30 while your face is damp.
- Use primer to give your makeup something to adhere to.
- Apply your makeup.
- Tuck a bottle of facial mist in your bag so you can hydrate your face anytime and anywhere.
- You’re good to go! Have an amazing day!
What natural skincare products do you use during autumn? Share your thoughts and tips on autumn skincare below.