Autumn brings some unwanted guests – a loss of even a light protective tan brings out blemishes with a vengeance. Wrinkles, dry skin, blemishes, spots, all appear much more pronounced on our paler skin. Autumn is a great time to get treatments to clean up your skin so you love your skin just as much in winter as in summer.
When summer is fading and the days grow shorter, you can stash your flip flops, dust off the hot water bottle, and turn up the heat. The change of season from summer into autumn and beyond isn’t just about what you wear or the temperature; moisture in the air changes, the sun’s UV rays decrease, and we tend to constantly move from extremes in temperature. This can leave your skin drier than in summer, when we tend to take pains in keeping our skin moisturised.
When it’s cooler and less humid
Humidity levels reduce in autumn, despite what you might feel in our damp Melbourne homes. Dry air draws moisture from your skin, so you’re more likely to feel dry and flaky in autumn and winter, even if your walls are sweating.
As soon as the season starts to change, your skincare regime will need to alter to richer, more deeply moisturising products, the same way you change your clothes. Heavy duty is the way to go.
Heating and humidifiers
When the heaters come on, low humidity tends to accompany this switch, which means more water evaporates from the skin. This can mean dryness, cracking, flaking and irritation. You can also end up with a dusky complexion. You can adjust the humidity by using a humidifier to keep the air a bit more moist at home, however remember that the damper your home is, the colder it is. Finding the balance can be difficult in Melbourne, with damp homes, poor insulation and inadequate heating contrasting with dry office air plaguing many of us. Keep some lip balm, rich moisturiser and hand cream nearby.
Getting from outside to inside
Going from cold to hot and back out again can cause the tiny blood vessels in your face to contract and expand quickly, which can cause them to burst – broken blood vessels and winter go hand in hand. Try to keep temperature changes to a minimum, or warm your skin up slower to ease your vascular burden. Barrier creams can help.
Hot showers and baths can liquify and remove your natural protective skin oils, leading to dryness. Indulge when you need to, but remember to apply a good moisturiser the second you have dried yourself to keep the moisture trapped in and avoid itchy, dry skin.