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Seasons change and so does our skin

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Matfen Hall - Seasons Change
As chilliness and dark nights begin to draw in, Matfen Hall Hotel’s spa manager, Fay Pratt reminds us to think about a seasonal shift in our skin care routine, as well as our wardrobe
‘I would highly recommend introducing a facial oil under your daily moisturiser’

In association with Matfen Hall

Changes in the temperature both inside and outside affects how our skin functions.

The wonderful summer we enjoyed this year meant there was a lot more sun exposure for everyone. But don’t put that SPF protection away. You really need to protect your skin all year round as those UV rays don’t retire for the colder months.

As autumn gets into gear and the temperature drops, most of us will have gladly taken the cue to crank up the central heating to make sure we stay nice and cosy, but the constant going from cold to warm means we need to take extra care of our skin.

Dehydration is the main thing to guard against as an imbalance can cause a host of skin concerns; oiliness, dryness, breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles.

Continuing with your normal skin care routine may not be enough.

I would highly recommend introducing a facial oil under your daily moisturiser.  Facial oils are a great way to bring the radiance back to dull, dry, lifeless skin. There are many to choose from, depending on your skin type and concerns. 

Elemis have three facial oils: 
• Superfood Oil is like a smoothie in a bottle, detoxing, hydrating and improving radiance;
• Pro-collagen Marine Oil – a trio of seaweeds deliver maximum hydration, while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles;
• Pro-definition Facial Oil – using plant stem cell to improve the skin structure, it improves and supports your natural skin barrier.

Now then, to ensure you are getting the most from your products, it is vital to exfoliate your face once to twice a week otherwise you can expect a build-up of dead skin cells and products on your skin, which will prevent your skincare regime from doing its job properly.

Scrubs are probably the most popular exfoliator choice; but there are also enzyme or AHA varieties. Rather than using particles to physically scrub away the dead skin cells, these use enzymes to nibble away at them, revealing fresh, new cells.

One of my new favourite quick and easy exfoliators is the Elemis Dynamic resurfacing pads, which are ideal for those with limited time. 

Once you’ve exfoliated, it is important to replenish what the process removes from your skin, so be sure to use a face mask afterwards. Clay based masks purify, heal and repair the skin; cream based masks hydrate, plump and soften the skin. 
There are also masks like Elemis Pro-collagen marine mask, which you leave on overnight… So that’s our faces taken care of. 

Body wise, the perfect treatments to take you from summer to autumn are hydrating and cocooning wraps for the body, which target dehydrated, dry areas of skin while giving you a welcome dose of relaxation.

One of my favourites is the Frangipani Moni Wrap, which uses exotic flowers soaked in coconut oil to offer a deep nourishment to the skin, leaving you positively glowing and ready to get those chunky jumpers out.

Published in: October 2018

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