Published : 12/10/2017 19:07:48
Categories : you and your skin
It’s mid-October and it’s already feeling very Autumnal at Langford HQ. With a mix of beautiful bright skies, some grey duller days and a bit of a chill in the air, we’ve been wrapping up in jumpers, the trees are starting to change colour and there’s a crunch of crisp leaves as we wander through the woods on our daily dog walk.
And it is those falling leaves that are a reminder that October is the time to repair and re-hydrate your skin after the Summer sun - as well as time to prepare your skin for the colder Winter weather.
So here are my three top tips for replenished skin this Autumn.
Exfoliation is key...
Exfoliation is key, especially after the Summer when our skin can start to look duller, flaky and lack-lustre. By regular, I mean once or twice a week - and by exfoliation, I mean a gentle facial scrub - not too gritty, not too scrubby.
Exfoliation can take the form of actual particles – think ground up seeds and nut shells (which can be a little severe and can damage skin) or gentle peeling grains from Jojoba wax (which is my preferred choice). Fruit and the acids and enzymes in them are also exfoliating. Whilst you can’t feel the “scrub” these fruits acids (also known as AHAs or alpha hydroxy acids) and enzymes from papaya and pineapple gently dissolve dead, dull skin. They also help to speed up the renewal of healthy new skin – which can help to restore the glow in dull and lack lustre skin.
One tip, apply a thin layer of Scrub Up to your face, neck and décolletage and leave it for a few minutes. Then gently massage over your skin in circular movements and rinse off with warm water and a muslin cleansing cloth. I prefer to exfoliate at night as AHAs can make our skin more sensitive to sunlight immediately after use and I like to follow this with a facial massage using a facial oil. More on that in a minute!
Hydration is key...
Hydration is key to replenishing your skin after the Summer. Dehydrated skin is not the same as dry skin. You can have oily skin that is still dehydrated. In general, dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lacks moisture.
My key ingredient to help hydrate your skin is hyaluronic acid. This ingredient sounds harsh but it’s not and your skin will love it. It occurs naturally in our skin but inevitably (like so many things!) as we get older levels diminish so applying it topically in a cream or serum, can really help. It works by helping your skin hold onto moisture, plumping it up and this in turn reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It will make your skin look like a plumped up pillow rather than a saggy cushion that’s had the air knocked out of it.
Nourishing is key...
Finally nourish your skin with face oils. Even oily skin can benefit from a face oil (yes, yes, yes, I did just say that). I will write more about how that works another time but trust me – if you have oily skin don’t run away from oils. As long as they are light, easily absorbed and you use them sparingly, they can help to rebalance oily skin.
Oils rich in skin-loving omega 3 & 6 work brilliantly for all skin types and can help to nourish damaged skin, strengthen skin cells, calm inflamed skin, restore radiance, nourish your skin and rebalance it.
Look for oils that also contain added active ingredients, vitamins and antioxidants for extra benefits. When you apply your face oil try and spend a few minutes massaging it into your skin as this is great for stimulating blood flow which in turn results in luminous, dewy and radiant skin.
Upward circular movements can also help to stop the effects of gravity and can help to improve firmness and skin tone. Massage all areas of your face, neck and décolletage. When it comes to your eyes, use your fourth (or ring) finger and tap gently under your eye area and up into your brow. Use the knuckles of your second and middle finger to massage along your jaw line and over your cheeks. Massage every area slowly and using light pressure.