Skincare

How to adapt your beauty routine for autumn

It’s not just your wardrobe you need to think about.

By Emma Gordon

The days get shorter and your hemlines longer, but does the change of season really justify a beauty regime switch-up? Of course it does! From skin to makeup, here's how.

Use a heavier moisturiser

It seems simple, right? But it's the quickest way to avoid red, parched skin by changing tack early on. Typically your complexion will get less oily as the cold and wind zaps up moisture, causing makeup to appear dry and flaky on the skin.

It will entirely depend on skin type, but chances are you'll need to switch your summer moisturiser for a more heavy-duty option. Something thicker such as Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream will leave skin comfortable and protected against the elements.

For drier skins, using a treatment oil before or in conjunction with moisturiser will add much-needed glow.

Exfoliation is key

Scrubs and chemical peels help get rid of dead skin cells and smooth texture.

Chemical exfoliators or peels are nonabrasive and essential for clearer, brighter skin. Use them sparingly, and limit sun exposure. Pixi Glow Tonic is a gentle option that works to refine skin texture, revealing a healthy glow.

Physical exfoliators help get rid of surface grime and flaky skin, although don't overdo it – be gentle and use weekly.

Tackle sun damage

If you've been caught out in the sun the last few months, chances are your skin could use a little TLC. As the sun is less harsh in autumn, it's the perfect time to target pigmentation and dark spots, often caused by sun exposure.

Use products which target uneven skin tone and aid in brightening. Designed to correct dull, blemished skin, the Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening Serum will leave skin gloriously glowing.

Bring in the darker tones

As for makeup, you can't go past ultra-violet, which has been announced as Pantone's 2018 colour of the year. But if channelling purple is daunting, use the shade in small amounts - try a bright eyeliner or ultra-violet coloured nails.

Whether it's plum-toned or bright neon, lipstick is often the easiest way to transition from summer to autumn, so swap warm toned brights for vampy or berry shades. Otherwise, apply the trendy colour all over your lids for an edgier night-time look.

Revive hair

Days spent in the sun and sea can seriously take its toll on your tresses. Undo this damage by regularly using a hair mask that will tame frizz and strengthen, and leave it on for long enough to penetrate strands. Call it your Sunday ritual.

Now's a good time to change your hair brush and wipe down your straighteners too – these simple steps will prevent hair from getting oily too fast.

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