I’m calling it. Summer is officially over, and despite the odd warm day, it’s getting colder. Before I go full winter and get the coats out of storage, I’m talking about Post-Summer Skincare. Little steps to make sure skin is in top condition after our particularly hot summer. Things like exfoliating, using a more hydrating cleanser and ramping up the hydration. I’ve got no time for transitional-season skin flare-ups this year and I just want hydrated and smooth skin right now.
Switch Up Your Cleanser
Over the summer, I was definitely reaching more and more for some lighter textures in my skincare. I mean, it was so sweaty. Being that my skin does err on the side of dryness most of the time, I’m going back to some more hydrating cleansers. Something like a cleansing milk because I bet everyone has one in some form hanging around their bathroom cupboards and they’re so gentle on the skin. Great for a morning cleanse or for a second cleanse in the evening after a long day. The Nakin Advanced Cleansing Milk is my go-to right now because it’s natural, feels nice and I got in in my natural beauty box subscription.
One of the easiest ways to add some glow is to add in some exfoliation on a weekly basis for your skin. I use a chemical exfoliator a few times a week (the REN one, mentioned here), and then a physical one once or twice. With my skin being dry, regular exfoliation is pretty key to make sure I slough off dead skin cells or else my skin tends to look dull. The BYBI Prime Time is a great one to add into the mix. My best tip would be to use when washing your hair, making minimal mess. It’s super gentle on the skin, natural ingredients and the packaging is made from sugar-cane.
Add In A Mask, Or Two
Sundays are made for masking, I think. Maybe Wednesday too, as a mid-week skin pick-me-up. Post-summer is the best time to add in a hydrating mask to top up skin before we have the inevitable cold snap. Especially great are the Skimono beauty masks (after sun being excellent for any Indian summer days we might have coming) as they are great sheet masks. Saturated in product and they feel lovely. I love a sheet mask as it means you have to take the time to lie down and have 10-20 minutes just for you. Perfect to use when listening to a podcast, or reading a book.
Ramp Up The Moisturiser
I mean, now is the time to go ham with your moisturiser. Following from the masks, it’s all about layering hydration right now to combat any autumn dry-skin situations. I like to use a hydrating serum (look for hyaluronic acid), followed by a moisturiser and then lock everything in with a few drops of oil. Something like The Ordinary marula oil isn’t too heavy or greasy, but just nourishes the skin. Oh, and now’s the best time to start using hand creams and body lotions too!