Many of us love the change in seasons between summer and autumn, and then into winter. The leaves change on the trees, it becomes cooler, and we can get those thick jumpers and scarfs out that have been buried at the back of our wardrobe for the last five months. However, the change in seasons also brings challenges with it. Less daylight can impact our mood and mental health, colds and illness become more common, and it can also be challenging for our skin.
Looking after your skin, particularly when it’s dry and sensitive, is vital in the autumn and winter months. You should be able to enjoy being outside and not have your skin stop you from doing this. To help with this, Aesthetics Lab, an award-winning cosmetic clinic in London, have helped put some tips together ahead of this autumn and winter for those of us who may be struggling with our skin and looking for some help protecting it over the coming months.
Moisturisers, serums, and masks
When you have dry skin, it’s important to do what you can to get more moisture into your skin, and particularly during colder months with the lower temperature outside and dry inside with artificial heating. For this reason, using moisturisers, serums, and even overnight masks can be beneficial. Rich moisturisers will help keep your skin hydrated during the day, and you can top this up with overnight masks if needed. With sensitive skin finding the right cleanser can be challenging, but in the colder months, look for one which also will hydrate your skin while you cleanse.
Don’t forget about your SPF
While many of us may think about SPF only during hot summer months when we’re sunbathing, it’s really important all year round, even during autumn and winter. Despite there being less daylight and more chance of clouds later in the year, you still need to protect your skin with SPF. This is particularly important with dry and sensitive skin as having that extra layer of protection can really help your skin in the short and long term.
Vitamins are key
With skin health, we often only think of one vitamin in particular, vitamin D. Getting this vitamin from the sun is one way, but you can also take supplements that can help your skin and boost your levels. However, other vitamins are also really important in helping you develop healthy skin. Vitamin B5, C and E are all important for your skin, and as more has become known about the importance of these particular vitamins, you can find products that clearly show which vitamins they contain.
Humidifiers at home
Dealing with dry skin does not only have to be done with skin products, using a humidifier at home is an excellent way of combatting the dry atmosphere created by the central heating systems we use to heat our homes when it’s cold. With so many of us now working from home more, this is a really easy way of helping and protecting dry skin in the winter months.
Hydration is still important
While it may sound simple, it’s crucial to remember the importance of hydrating your body from the inside. Drinking enough liquid is obviously essential during the summer months, but don’t think just because it’s not as warm that you don’t have to drink as much. Hydration is equally as important to keep your body and skin healthy during December as it is in July.