Beauty swaps for autumn

Beauty swaps for autumn

Enjoy the excitement of the seasonal swap by changing-up your beauty products

Zingy, reinvigorating cleansers are perfect in high summer, but a mild cleanser is better suited to the autumn months. Look for a product that will soothe and purify, boosting the barrier function of your skin to prepare you for any extreme weather. Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel is a concentrated, soap-free, foaming gel designed to thoroughly remove impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. Soap-free and fragrance-free, it washes away impurities without stripping or drying and contains calming agents. Its’ gentle foaming lather cleanses away toxins and debris without over-drying, leaving a super-clean surface.

In summer, you may not have needed a serum; warmer days and nights mean a lightweight moisturiser will usually suffice. In autumn, as the seasons change, inflammation and redness may be an issue, so you’ll need something a little more ‘serious’ to support your skin. Medik8’s Calmwise Serum is a restorative treatment to improve skin firmness and hydration, leaving skin supple and illuminated. It contains only seven active ingredients to calm redness and provide intensive relief to sensitive skin. Improving the skin’s natural barrier function, Calmwise Serum helps to nourish skin and tackle flare-ups caused by daily environmental factors, irritants and dryness.

To complement your winter serum, look for a moisturising product that offers comfort and nourishment. Decleor’s Hydra Floral Intense Nutrition Cocoon Cream is a soft and rich moisturiser to nourish, comfort and protect dry and very dry skin. Expertly blended using some of nature’s most potent ingredients, this delicately scented cream brings instant relief and helps to protect dry skin from the elements. Enriched with Nutri-protect complex, the high-performance formulation boosts lipid synthesis to reinforce the skin’s barrier; cranberry and Argan oils nourish and boost skin’s natural protection; and avocado oil regenerates the hydrolipid film and improves the quality of the skin. Throughout the autumn and winter, this nourishing, soft cream acts like a survival blanket for dry skin, leaving complexions looking brighter and feeling perfectly supple and soft, with any roughness reduced.

The autumn demands gentle exfoliation. Switch your summer brightening product for a calming cleanser that washes away impurities without stripping or drying. With ingredients that work to soothe and purify skin, Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator creates a gentle foaming lather to cleanse away toxins and debris without over-drying, leaving a super-clean surface.

Summer skin can become congested, particularly if you use a sun block (and you always should): a mask that freshens skin by drawing out impurities is a regular summer treat. In winter, however, your skin may need more in the way of comfort. Gatineua’s Aquamemory High Hydration Cream Mask is a wonderful treat for dry skin. Providing immediate relief and long-lasting hydration, with increased suppleness, it contains sea fennel and brown algae to stimulate the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture, and sweet almond oil to hydrate the skin. Or try Dermalogica’s Age Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant, a powerful thermal skin polisher that combines physical and chemical exfoliants to refine skin texture and enhance the penetration of age-fighting actives, while advanced technology ingredients condition and treat the skin.

And autumn hair requires special attention, too – particularly if you’re prone to frizz or flyaway hair, which can suffer in centrally heated environments. Paul Mitchell the Conditioner is a frazzled hair hero: the perfect solution to weather-beaten locks and central heating hair woes. A leave in moisturiser, it smoothes hair, reduces static and prevents dryness. With Hawaiian awapuhi, to help balance moisture, and wheat-derived conditioners, to improve hair texture, The Conditioner gets weary strands in shape throughout autumn and winter.