Every skincare junkie knows, new season equals new skincare routine. Every skincare junkie also knows that there is nothing more annoying then changing your routine after three months of working on (and nailing) that natural ‘I woke up like this’ glow when the weather changes start creeping in and you know you have to sub out your daily, now reliable products for new, usually unknown products to deal with all the climate changes and it can be daunting AF.
As I live by the motto ‘sharing is caring’ here is my list of skincare tips to survive every season….
Summer is all about focusing on protecting the skin from the sun…tans are cute but fake it, don’t bake it cause premature ageing, skin damage and cancer is not worth it.
- Use an SPF daily on top of your moisturiser or add a moisturiser with added SPF into your routine, you will still get that all important Vitamin D but won’t get any damage (I prefer a physical or mineral based SPF like Zinc oxide as this reflects the sun’s rays instead of absorbing them like chemical based products). The sun is such a sneaky SOB, it will accelerate the ageing process so fast so wear an SPF if you want to age like a fine wine. This past Summer I used We Are Feel Good Sticky Zinc religiously on my morning dog walks..it is tinted and gave me such a healthy summer glow you wouldn’t even know I looked like Casper naturally and I have had no extra pigmentation developed #winning.
- If you experience Melasma you can use an SPF 50+ on the specific areas of the face that darkens so your whole face isn’t super heavy and coated but you are still super protected where it matters. I use the Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50+
- Make sure you have a cleanser that concentrates on decongesting for your evening make up removal so it gets all the day’s SPF and make up so there is no build up (which means no extra breakouts). My top three cleansers are Eve Lom Cleanser, Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser and Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (I have all of these and use whatever texture I feel like on the day)
Honestly, Fall is my favourite season by far. It isn’t too hot, it isn’t too cold, you can start layering outfits again and you don’t have to worry about any extremities…it is the season of perfect balance, which is just what your skin will reflect.
- Be organized. If you want to book in any laser treatments for your face (or body) like Fraxel or Skin Tightening etc. go and speak to your aesthetician now, as most of them require downtime out of the sun and usually require two to six treatments for the best results. If you plan now you should be able to get all your treatments in with the least amount of risk of external side effects.
- Get your self care Sundays on and get your face into a face mask stat. Super Hydrating and super relaxing, Face Masks are probably the best part of any skin care routine, tbh I would encourage face masks all year round but find I always naturally increase using them more this time of year as when it starts cooling down I tend to stay at home more hence have time to mask. My favourites at the moment include Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask, Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask (which you can read more about here), Glamglow Youth Mud Tingle Exfoliate Treatment, La Mer Treatment Lotion Mask.
- Protect your lovely lips!! As much as I love fall the biggest negative is the arrival of chapped lips. I like to take a preventive measure here and wear a lip balm on all my early morning walks that protects and nourishes so that no damage can occur (and I get a cute coloured one so I can wear it on days that I am not running around the office in a bold lip colour). I use Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb (in all shades) and Go-To Pinky-Nudey Lips.
Hydration is the key to winter success and keeping that dehydrated skin away. External factors wreck havoc during winter – think wind, cold, air conditioners, heaters etc. and the goal is to balance all these to still have beautiful glowing skin.
- Your moisturizer has two goals during winter, hydrate and protect. Add in a heavier cream that will add extra defense from the external factors especially if you are like me and love sitting too close to the heaters all winter. I am currently obsessed with La Mer Creme De La Mer (but it is honestly super expensive and I would only recommend to people who have really REALLY bad skin…it isn’t worth it if you have naturally great skin. I have found it is really helping with my acne scars and adult acne) and I also like Eve Lom Brightening Cream (it does what it says it will and is nice and light during the warmer months) and the Tatcha Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream (use for a month and you will be ageing backwards).
- If you find your skin is super dehydrated add a facial oil to your nightly routine, it is applied just before your moisturizer and will really boost hydration…I suggest only using this in the evening as a lady I use to buy oils from in London told me that oils attract UVA rays but who knows if it is proven or not but she really knew her stuff and scared me enough into only applying at night. I like Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil (in fact, I like everything I have tried from this entire range!).
- Add a Vitamin B based Serum to the routine. Vitamin B is basically my holy grail, it hydrates, improves skin texture, banishes dryness, reduces redness and soothes the skin. I find it isn’t as popular as its friends, Vitamin A or C but it is a steady and hard worker (it is basically the Taurean of the Skincare world) and you will feel the results instantly when applied. I use Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum.
Spring has sprung all of the fun and everyone is striving for that healthy, glowing, ‘lit from within’ skin that is all sorts of dewy in your instagram selfies that are filter free cause you don’t need it with your natural beauty, clearly.
- Exfoliate that winter dullness away and go from dry to fly with a brighter, fresh, glowing complexion. If you are a fan of a salon experience you can opt for booking in a Microdermabrasion sesh (or two) at your local day spa or if you prefer to have an at home experience you can opt for sliding an exfoliator into your routine two to three times a week depending on your skin. I prefer to exfoliate of an evening as it clears all the dead skin cells away and allows all the serums to penetrate deep into the skin layers and I apply more serums at night than during the day so this gets better results out of my serums. Surprise, Surprise I also have a variety of exfoliators that I switch between, in current use are Bioeffect Volcanic Exfoliator (it is a gentle, natural exfoliator and an excellent choice for people with sensitive skin), Summer Fridays Overtime Mask (also another great option for sensitive skin, it is soothing and calms the skin and smells incredible and really familiar…but I can’t figure out what it reminds me of so if you do please let me know), Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel (this contains acids to aid in exfoliation so be warned that overuse can leave your skin cells stressed AF, sending them into overdrive and ultimately making your skin thin so don’t be a rebel rulebreaker and follow the instructions) and Tatcha The Rice Polish Deep Foaming Enzyme Powder (this is one you mix yourself with water and is great for my acne prone skin).
- Retinol is a scary word to some people, but adding a Retinol based serum (or cream) will give you some serious results; it stimulates collagen which helps with fine lines, wrinkles and all things anti-ageing whilst helping even out skin tone and fading out pigmentation. Some people find this really strong on their skin (especially those with sensitive skin) so I would recommend trialing the product before investing in it and do not use this if you are pregnant or breastfeeding…it also makes your skin more sensitive to the sun so if you introduce this to your routine include your SPF summer steps too so your skin is protected and sealed from the suns rays. I like The Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil (which I mentioned previously, it is an oil that contains a Retinol so it is basically a two in one), Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream (this is a moisturiser and another two for one which is great when I am time poor) and Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum (these little capsules are GREAT – as Retinol is a highly active ingredient the capsules keep them super potent so they are more reactive compared to other products. If you are new to retinol slowly add this into your routine and build up a resistance instead of using it daily immediately).
- Spring equals smoothie season for me and adding a beauty supplement to get lit from within is an easy addition with amazing external and internal benefits. A good supplement (on top of a balanced diet) can increase the good gut bacteria and create better gut health, increase the body’s production of collagen, is rich in vitamins and minerals (take a sneak peak of the ingredients list and if you do not see words that are food and are all chemicals abort that product asap) and aid skin functions to grow better ie. your skin, hair and nails. I throw two heaped teaspoons into my morning smoothie and after a month of using it I can feel and see improvement. I use The Beauty Chef Glow Beauty Powder (and I also use The Beauty Chef Cleanse Powder and The Collagen Inner Beauty Boost – you can never have too much Collagen).
** I should note that all products recommended have been tested by me and I wouldn’t recommend anything that I have personally tried cause that is just shady. I should also note that my skin profile (just so you know what this was all tested on) is pasty AF tone, oily skin, heavy acne scarring from my teenage years, hormonal acne (still) and prone to dehydrated patches…I am a heater and air con addict with no signs of stopping.