How To Tweak Your Skincare Routine For Autumn

Just as you switch up your wardrobe every few months, it’s important to do the same for your beauty routine – especially as summer gives way to autumn. Noticed your skin breaking out and looking dull recently? The change in seasons is probably to blame – the changing climate can lead to dead skin cell buildup, which in turn results in trapped oil and bacteria beneath the surface, and increased breakouts – and on top of this, skin will require more hydration. 

Scroll down for five simple tweaks you can make to your routine as autumn kicks in. 

Reduce acids and retinols to gentle AHAs

You might think that exfoliation would worsen dryness, but it’s important to keep at it – just ramp down the strength a little to avoid potential irritation as your skin’s sensitivity changes. Rather than a scrub, a chemical exfoliant will help both to treat tight, flaky skin and to improve moisture retention. Try the gentlest AHA available, mandelic acid (which will also help to hide evidence of summer skin sins by targeting sun spots). 

Beauty editor recommends: The Ordinary Mandelic Acid

Introduce oils and vitamin C

Switching temperatures constantly (OTT central heating, cold commutes, hot showers) disrupts the skin’s moisture balance, meaning skin can become a lot flakier and drier in the autumn months. Introducing an oil into your routine will not only hydrate in the short-term but will also help your skin to improve moisture rentention in the long haul. Look for oils rich in vitamin C to help prevent inflammation and brighten dull complexions. 

Beauty editor recommends: Dermadoctor Kakadu C Evening Oil

Switch your cleanser to a cream/oil/balm formula

If you’ve been using a gel-textured or foaming cleanser throughout summer, switch it out for a cream or oil-based formula once temperatures start to drop. Your skin will be producing less oil so It’s important to wash your skin gently to prevent oil from being stripped. Creams, oils, and balms will still do an effective job of removing makeup and deep pore cleansing without disrupting oil balance. 

Beauty editor recommends: Yes To Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm

Use more hydrating masks

Unless your skin is super oily or breakout-prone, reduce the amount of clay-based and exfoliating masks you’re using and consider using hydrating masks 2-3 days a week instead. As autumn gives way to winter you’re likely to feel even more dryness, so now’s a good time to add extra moisture to the skin in preparation for the big freeze. Most hydrating masks don’t need to be rinsed off so you can even leave them on overnight for an added boost. 

Beauty editor recommends: Oh K! Sleep Mask

Invest in a thicker moisturiser

A lightweight moisturiser will have been enough for most skin types in the summer, but cooling temperatures and central heating kicking in are signs that you need to reach for a slightly more hydrating moisturiser. Even if you prefer oil-free creams or are using an oil elsewhere in your routine, skin can benefit from something with a thicker consistency to seal in hydration (think of it as the skincare equivalent of your winter coat). 

Beauty editor recommends: Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream