By Wendy Mills
As the autumn sets in, bringing with it the brilliant colours of the changing leaves, your glowing summer complexion starts fading and the little scars from insect bites and scratches from your camping trips or days at the beach loom into view.
This season is prime time for outdoors activities such as walking, hiking, running, biking and rock-climbing, and although weather changes may not be avoidable, seasonal skin havoc is – if you plan and take care. During the autumn your skin needs a gentle, caring approach with extra nourishment and protection.
1. Keep up your water intake
We tend to drink more fluids in the summer and this shouldn’t stop when the temperature cools down. There are many reasons to drink more water, and it will certainly plump up your skin. A big plus of being well hydrated is that it helps to curb your appetite – so often we think we’re hungry when really we just need a glass of water!
2. Take more vitamins
The old saying ‘you are what you eat’ could not be more true. Whilst bad eating habits may not show overnight, they have a cumulative effect on the body and skin. Autumn brings a seasonal range of fresh fruit and vegetables, so nourish your body and your skin will continue glowing. Vitamins A, C and E are fantastic for the complexion.
During the summer months sunshine helps us top up our vitamin D, and providing we remain sensible in the sun, it improves the texture of our skin. If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, a little bit of sun can help relieve the symptoms such as lethargy and feeling low. As the levels of light start dropping in the autumn, make sure you get out and about on sunny autumn days and enjoy a good dose of vitamin D!
3. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise…
As the weather starts turning colder, use a thicker moisturiser on the face and body. With your skin slightly damp after showering or bathing, apply a body oil or cream, concentrating on any rough spots on elbows, knees and feet. Moisturising becomes more important than ever, regardless of your skin type. Even oily skin needs a moisturiser to keep oil production at bay. If oily skin is left to fight dryness on its own, it will start producing more pore-clogging oils, creating problems for you.
4. Use sunscreen
Even though the sun may no longer be generating summer heat, don’t hide your UV block in the back of your bathroom cabinet yet. It is still recommended to use a SPF of at least 15 for all skin types during autumn.
5. Prepare for winter
Autumn is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors and whilst rain is more likely, so are the cool crisp days. Take special care of your skin, protect and nourish it and above all, feed it through good nutrition.
Wendy Mills is a fully qualified beauty therapist, owner and proprietor at BEAUTONICS OF HEREFORD, and a NO HANDS® Massage therapist and instructor at MERCIA MASSAGE CLINIC & ACADEMY
Tel: 01432 370 550 or 07858 137 889