THE change of seasons can affect each of us differently; whether it is hay fever, a vulnerability to coughs and colds, or even dry skin.
If you find this part of the year leaves your skin confused and dehydrated, it might be worth stepping up your moisturising routine and taking care to avoid aggressive or overly-chemical formulas.
In the morning and evening, after using a gentle cleanser and toner, apply a moisturiser to still-damp skin.
This tip helps any lotion you apply absorb more deeply, as well as locking the moisturising effects in for longer.
Another trick is to make sure you are using the right product for your skin type. All skin types need both water and oils in the right balance and the trick is finding products with the correct balance for your particular skin.
For normal to dry skins, try Haeckels’ 100 per cent natural Eco Marine Facial Cream (£48/€55.21 for 60ml, www.haeckels.co.uk). Containing antioxidants and Omega 3s, as well as natural UVB protection, this healing formula is even used in some beauty clinics post peel treatments and promises to hydrate and soothe.
For a budget alternative, try The Ordinary’s Natural Hydrating Factors + HA (£4.99/€5.74 for 30ml, www.cultbeauty.co.uk).
If your concern is oiliness, try a hydrating gel such as Patchology’s AquaFlash Daily Gel Moisturiser (€29.95 for 50ml, www.sephora.es), which contains hyaluronic acid to bind moisturise to the skin, as well as aloe vera to soothe without clogging pores.
For problem skins suffering from both blemishes and dryness, try a lightweight oil specifically designed to rebalance and calm, such as Lena Wild’s Harmony Bloom Oil (£62/€71.31 for 30ml, www.lenawild.co).
This winner of the 2019 Beauty Shortlist Award for Best Facial Oil for over thirties is made from natural and organic ingredients and is suitable for vegans. Promising to leave skin soft and supple, this oil is full of nutrient-rich cranberry, sea buckthorn, and blackcurrant to soothe and balance.
Finally, for ageing skins in need of nourishing, try Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil (£34/€39.10 for 15ml, www.cultbeauty.co.uk).
Free from artificial fragrance, silicones, or drying alcohols, this product features oil from the marula fruit, containing vitamin E and Omegas 6 and 9 to protect skin.