Lab notes  /  Skin  /  How To Adapt Your Skincare Routine For Autumn

How To Adapt Your Skincare Routine For Autumn

Here we review how the Autumn weather impact our skin, and how we can tweak our routine to help

Amelia CranstounContent Editor
Share this article on social
Amelia Cranstoun
Written byAmelia CranstounContent Editor
Start your 2 minute skin quiz today and one of our aestheticians will create a personalised skincare routine for you!Take the skin quiz

As leaves fall and temperatures drop, autumn ushers in a shift not only in nature but also in the needs of your skin. The summer sun and humidity demand different skin care compared to the crisp, dry days of autumn. We’re here to help you embrace the change. 

Why making changes to your skincare routine in Autumn is important 

There are several reasons why adapting your skincare routine to the seasons is essential. Here are our recommendations for ensuring your skin stays healthy and glowy as we head into Autumn.

1. Hydration Is Key

Summer's heat and humidity often call for lighter, water-based moisturisers. However, as autumn approaches and the air becomes drier, your skin may lose moisture more rapidly. Transition to a thicker, creamier moisturiser to provide your skin with the hydration it craves. Look for products containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, shea butter, or ceramides to lock in moisture like Cerave Moisturising Cream

2. Gentle Exfoliation

In summer, you may have relied on exfoliating products to combat excess oil and sweat. But in autumn, your skin needs to change. Opt for a milder exfoliation routine, perhaps switching to chemical exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). These will help remove dead skin cells without causing irritation, leaving your skin smoother and brighter. We love CosRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

Although exfoliation is essential, overdoing it can lead to skin sensitivity, redness, and even breakouts. Make sure to follow the recommended frequency for exfoliation based on the product and your skin type, and avoid using multiple exfoliating products simultaneously.

3. Sun Protection Remains Essential

Just because the days are getting shorter doesn't mean you can skip sunscreen. UV rays are still present in autumn, and they can be just as damaging. Continue to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50, especially if you spend time outdoors. Look for products that offer UVA and UVB protection to shield your skin from both ageing and burning. Our favourites are Heliocare Advanced Sunscreen Gel SPF50 and Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Scream SPF50

4. Adjusting Cleansing Habits

It’s not a must for most people, but you can always swap out your summer cleanser for a gentler, hydrating one if you feel like your cleanser isn't doing the job. Cooler temperatures can lead to drier skin, and harsh cleansers can exacerbate this issue. Opt for a cleanser with a more moisturising formula that will clean your skin without stripping away its natural oils.  Our aestheticians often recommend cleansers from Allies of Skin and Q&A depending on your skin type and budget.

5. Lip Care

Your lips are particularly vulnerable to the changing seasons. Autumn's cooler, windier weather can leave them dry and chapped. Keep your lips soft and supple by using a hydrating lip balm with ingredients like beeswax or shea butter. Consider exfoliating your lips once a week to remove any dead skin.

6. Treat Seasonal Skin Issues

Autumn often brings about specific skin concerns, such as increased sensitivity and redness. It’s a common time of year for those with Eczema and Psoriasis to experience flare-ups. Consider incorporating products with soothing ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, or niacinamide into your routine. These can help calm and strengthen your skin's barrier against environmental aggressors like Eucerin’s Ultra Sensitive Soothing Care Cream 

7. Stay Hydrated and Eat Well

Remember, skincare isn't just about what you apply topically. What you eat and drink plays a significant role in your skin's health. As autumn sets in, stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water and herbal teas. Also, load up on seasonal fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and antioxidants, which can boost your skin's resilience.

If you’re finding your skin care needs a reboot as you head into Autumn and Winter, let us know and we’ll create a personalised skincare routine to take you through the colder months. Get started by taking our skin quiz

Amelia CranstounContent Editor
Share this article on social
Your personalised skincare routine in 3 simple steps
Connect with an aesthetician

Complete our quick quiz, then book a free video call or upload photos.

We’ll personalise your routine

Your aesthetician will hand-select a personalised skincare routine for the evolving journey of your skin.

Join Renude

Get ongoing advice as your skin changes for just £20 every 3 months (which is deducted from your purchases).