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Autumn Skin

Autumn Skin

Changing your skincare routine for the autumn season is essential, especially if you are of an age where you are starting to notice the signs of ageing. As we hit September we are definitely noticing cooler temperatures, lower humidity levels, and indoor heating which can affect your skin. To help you maintain a healthy and youthful complexion, consider the following skincare and lifestyle adjustments for autumn:

Transition to a Gentle Cleanser: As the weather becomes cooler and drier, switch to a gentle, hydrating cleanser. Look for formulas that won't strip your skin of its natural oils, as maintaining moisture is crucial for combating aging signs. Looking after your skin barrier is more important than ever!

Exfoliation: Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, revealing a fresh, radiant complexion. However, be cautious not to over-exfoliate, which can lead to dryness and irritation. Consider using a mild chemical exfoliant like glycolic acid or lactic acid once or twice a week. Avoid harsh physical scrubs like the Apricot St Ives from days gone by!

Hydration is Key: Invest in a richer moisturizer to combat the dryness that comes with cooler weather. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and fatty acids to lock in moisture and strengthen the skin barrier.

Sunscreen is Non-Negotiable: Even in the autumn, UV rays can still cause premature ageing. Continue using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 daily. Do not rely on sun protection in your make up. It is simply not good enough if you want to protect yourself from the signs of ageing.

Serums and Antioxidants: Incorporate serums containing antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E into your routine. These help protect your skin from environmental damage and promote collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C together with retinol can also work well to reduce some of the pigmentation which may have developed over the summer months.

Eye Cream: If you're concerned about ageing around the eyes, use an eye cream that targets wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles. Look for ingredients like peptides and hyaluronic acid.

Autumn-Friendly Masks: Consider using hydrating and nourishing masks once a week to give your skin an extra boost of moisture.

Lip Care: Your lips can also suffer from dryness in the autumn. Apply a lip balm with ingredients like shea butter or beeswax to keep them soft and smooth. Even better is to opt for a balm with SPF to protect from premature ageing

Humidifier: Combat indoor heating by using a humidifier in your bedroom. This helps maintain a more comfortable humidity level, preventing your skin from drying out

Diet and Hydration: Don't forget the importance of a balanced diet and staying hydrated. Consume foods rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins, and drink plenty of water to support your skin's health.

Consistency: Remember that consistency is key. Stick to your skincare routine and give new products time to work. Results may not be immediate, but with time and patience, you should see improvements in your skin's texture and appearance.

Consult a Professional: If you have specific skin concerns or are considering more advanced anti-aging treatments like botox, fillers, skin boosters, microneedling or chemical peels book a consultation with Dr Kasia at her clinic in Sale near Manchester. This is the best way to ensure a bespoke plan to target your specific concerns.

Dr Kasia | Aesthetics | Jul 22, 2024
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