Autumn is on the way, and as the leaves turn to yellow and the temperatures drops, it’s time to start thinking about Autumn skincare and how to keep your skin in tip-top condition.

As we prepare to unpack our warmer wardrobes, and opt for hot tea rather than coolers, what measures are we putting in place to ensure our skin is “Autumn and Winter Ready”?

There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to skincare and, as the seasons begin to change, so do the needs and wants of your skin. We’ve gone from last year’s harsh Winter cold, to drastic Summer heat in a matter of months and now head back into cooler temperatures expecting our skin to adapt and remain in tip-top form. But how?

A solid routine should be applicable to all seasons and all climates… With that being said, there are a couple of changes one might consider when transitioning from Summer to Autumn, and even into the Winter months as well.

We spoke to Mariette and Carla, owners of SkinPhD Queenswood Quarter, and asked them to give us their top 5 tips for Autumn-ready skin!

EXFOLIATE

We suggest you opt for a soap-free cleanser that will remove excess dirt while encouraging gentle exfoliation. Exfoliating is an important step of your skincare routine no matter what time of the year it is – with your skin struggling from dehydration, it is possible that you’ll have accumulated a number of dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your skin. Summer causes dehydration to one’s skin, so we would recommend during Autumn to to add more moisture onto your skin. Remove any dead skin by exfoliating, before pumping back moisture into it with rich products – this can be done all over your body, not just your face.

We would also suggest the SkinPhd Papaya Exfoliating Cream as it is made up of a combination of natural exfoliating benefits of Papaya Enzymes and Pure Lactic Acid which promotes radiant & bright skin.

 

FACIALS ARE A MUST

Treat yourself to a facial, which can give your skin a deeper cleanse than what you can achieve at home. We highly suggest a ‘Skin Perfect Deep Cleanse’. This facial in particular helps treat impure skin. It includes steam, extractions and our new bio-technology Brightening mask to soothe the skin – also to restore lost moisture due to the colder temperatures. As we get older, our skin may need a little more TLC. Regular facials help slow down premature ageing. New skin cells are produced every 28 days. In order to maintain healthy skin, the correct products and treatments should be done every 28 days in order to maintain healthy and vibrant skin. Facials are hugely beneficial for this.

Another great facial that we highly recommend is the Hydro Plump K2 Facial – The Hydro Plump uses K2 biotechnology and instantly increases moisture and anti-oxidant levels. It also visibly plumps out fine lines, wrinkles and refines pores.

 

UP YOUR COLLAGEN INTAKE

Autumn is the perfect time to work on restoring your collagen levels and replacing any that may have been lost due to sun exposure throughout the summer. Collagen is the most abundant source of protein in the body. One of the most well-known benefits of collagen is its ability to promote glowing, vibrant, beautiful skin. This essential protein provides elasticity to the skin, helping it to appear more youthful and healthy.

But as you get older and collagen production declines then fine lines, loose skin, and dryness can occur. Taking a daily Collagen supplement not only improves skin elasticity but is also known to increase density in bones weakened with age and improve joint and knee pain.

 

LOCK IN MOISTURE

Over the course of the summer, and with the steadily-rising temperature, you may have noticed that your skin began to look particularly oily. There are a number of reasons why this is, from your sebaceous glands going into overdrive, producing an increased level of sweat, to your body’s natural oils becoming less dense. However, as it becomes slightly colder outside, your skin begins to lose this shine and may start to look dull and a little lack-lustre. In order to combat dryness and rejuvenate your skin, you’ll need to reconsider your current routine and the products that you use daily.

Swap out any steps that aimed to prevent the production of oil and, instead, look for nourishing options which can boost the levels in your skin. Without this step, it is likely that your skin will attempt to over-produce the sebum that you’re missing.

 

CONTINUE WITH SPF

No matter the season, time, or say, wear sunscreen! It is important to note that sunscreen needs to be reapplied every couple of hours, so make sure to pack extra sunscreen for those longer days outdoors. Exposure to sunlight is known to have one of the biggest effects on our skin. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages certain fibers in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of elastin fibers causes the skin to sag, stretch, and loose its ability to snap back after stretching.

To book a treatment or consult, contact Mariette or Carla from SkinPhD Queenswood on 087 898 1078