October means shorter, colder and wetter days. This means It’s time to read our Autumn skincare tips to help you through the shock.
The change in season doesn’t just affect the temperature and our environment. It also has an impact on our general well being, especially after the Summer.
Your body also adapts to the change in season shift in season. This affects the skin.
So you need to make some adjustments to your skincare routine.
You need to be ready before the really cold and wet days kick in.
You need to read our Autumn skincare tips!
The first thing you need to understand is that your skin is recovering from a seasonlong battle!
Battle? With who?
The sun of course!
You see, the summer isn’t just mojitos, swim costumes, sea, sand and romance. Your skin is receiving a barrage of UV rays from the sun.
It does real damage to our skin cells. Combine this with sun creams, dehydration and pollution.
A dry skin nightmare!
And this means you need to give it a boost!
You start with a bit of a scrub down. This removes dead skin cells and any other particles that have made their home on your skin.
First things first though. We’re all about sustainability and the environment.
Go anywhere near those scrubs or exfoliators that contain plastic beads and we’re coming for you! They’re bad for the environment and are a big no-no from us!
Plastic beads are often included in products that contain other harmful ingredients. Think plastics and other toxic raw material. So they are also bad for your skin too.
So just stay away from these products.
Back to the scrubbing. We don’t offer a natural skin exfoliator at the moment but you can make your own at home. Here’s our homemade formula:
Make it in advance and then store it in a glass jar. Very natural and ecological!
Dry brushing is a really cool way to get the same result. Have you heard of it? This method gently exfoliates the skin, cleansing the pores.
Most importantly of all this technique promotes the natural movement of lymph fluid. Lymph fluid? Why is this important?
This fluid moves around your lymphatic system, which is designed to carry waste proteins and fluids away from the cells in your skin, back to the heart.
It is recommended to exfoliate once or twice a week maximum.
BUT REMEMBER! Over-exfoliating will also damage your skin. You will strip your skin of its natural oils if you go too hard. Just make sure you go easy and don’t overdo it.
After you’ve gone through the scrub (lucky you!) you have revealed a canvas of fresh skin cells that need your protection.
You’ve got rid of the bad stuff, now what?
Well, this is THE Autumn skincare tip to carry onto the season.
Here at cut.le.crap. We are massive fans of oils. We prefer the texture of oils to lotions or creams. It might just be us but we have the feeling that our skin is better protected when we use them.
This isn’t just feeling.
Body oils enhance the quality of your skin, are absorbed quicker and they protect your skin against water loss.
These are have been proven to be very uplifting, having a positive psychological effect.
We also have something that has been purposefully designed to have a calming and relaxing effect – our massage oil. It is infused with lavender and rose, and will also be taking good care of your skin.
But don’t let the name confuse you. It’s not just for massages but can be used in your daily routine. Then again, it does provide the perfect opportunity for some fun times with a friend or partner!
What’s not to like about that?
So we’re scrubbing and moisturising! But we need to keep our skin clean.
My hubby has some tips here. He loves taking his showers cold. And not just during the summer months but also throughout winter. It is mad but has many benefits.
This isn’t for everyone…and definitely not for me! But as tempting as it may be to take a very hot shower or bath when you feel cold, it is really not recommended.
Showers or baths that are too hot can cause your blood vessels to dilate too much, causing a drop in blood pressure. This can be risky for some people with heart conditions.
The heat can also soften the outer waxy layer of your skin and damage its protective function. Your skin is reduced off its natural oils and is more vulnerable to outside bacteria. It may also leave you with dry and sensitive skin.
Cold showers aside (let’s keep to warm ones shall we!) our organic castile soap is perfect.
If you do prefer it scented, just add a few drops of 100% pure natural essential oils of your choice. Easy!
We’ve already covered the perfect face care regime in a recent blog post.
The same rules apply, so give this a read.
However, there are still some things that people forget about when it comes to the change in weather.
That’s right! It may seem like you have entered a grey hell but no! Those UVs are still going to get you.
That’s why if you want to keep your skin in tip-top condition, you need to keep it protected.
This means that you must try to wear SPF. Make sure you buy a non-toxic mineral sunscreen that is safe for you. We don’t want to undo all that hard work!
It seems an obvious thing to say but staying healthy will keep your skin in good condition.
Firstly, your skin is made up of mostly water. So it’s very important to drink (plenty of water!)
Secondly, the lipids, minerals, proteins and chemicals that are the building blocks of your skin rely on help, both from the inside and outside.
From the inside, ensure you eat the right food to get all your necessary vitamins. These are the fuel your cells need to build.
We’ve covered most of the outside tips but it’s important to remember that the cold weather causes damage to your skin cells. And double trouble is constant changes in heat, from inside to outside.
There’s not much you can do about this. So that’s why it’s important to hydrate and nourish your body with vitamins.
We’d be pretty lost without out lips. Food, kisses, talking. They are the route to all that is good with life.
And when the Autumn comes they are susceptible to becoming dry and cracking.
And your lips react in the very same way as the rest of your skin to Autumnal environment. So it’s important to moisturise, avoid harsh soaps and try to keep hydrated and healthy!
There you go. You now have these awesome Autumn skincare tips to keep your skin in top condition.
For healthy skin, you need to scrub, moisturise and clean (we hope the last one was obvious!)
And with our body. care range it’s all possible without the cold showers.