This Season's Skincare Swaps
The change of season is the signal to switch up your beauty regime
1. Say goodbye to summer’s go-to, gel-based moisturiser, and hello to a richer cream to combat dryness caused by everything from the weather to central heating. Clarins’ Hydra- Essentiel Rich Cream, £37, activates the hydration process at all levels, even in the most challenging environments. Organic medicinal kalanchoe extract, a powerful natural hydration activator, boosts your skin’s hyaluronic acid production and helps skin retain moisture.
Hydra- Essentiel Rich Cream, £37 Clarins
2. Skin around the eyes is the thinnest and most fragile on the entire face, meaning it is prone to dryness as temperatures drop. Enriched with British borage oil, this eye cream is rich in moisture replenishing gamma-linolenic acid and soothing echinacea extract to deliver specialist, hydrating care. The lightweight cream also instantly brightens and hydrates, while reducing the appearance of dark circles.
Instant Brightening Eye Cream, £22.50 Liz Earle
3. Much like serums, exfoliants should be switch-up based on what your skin needs. Elemis Pro Collagen Tri-Acid Peel, £27, is a great place to start, with a blend of lactobionic, mandelic and asiatic acids it lifts away dull and dead skin cells for a smoother complexion. Powerful, yet gentle on the skin, it visibly increases luminosity, radiance and hydration.
Pro-Collagen Tri-Acid Peel, £27 Elemis
4. As the seasons change, you may want to rethink your serum. Choose one that suits your skin needs right now – if it’s feeling dry you’ll want to focus on hydration, if you need a boost in the glow department look for brightening ingredients, or if you’ve noticed increased pigmentation from the summer sun, look for a serum that will even skin tone. One great all-rounder is La Mer’s The Concentrate, £410. It may be pricey but it’s enriched with nutrient-rich sea kelp to calm stressed skin while stimulating its natural renewal process.
The Concentrate, £410 La Mer
5. Granted autumn days don’t seem as bright, but do not put away your SPF – wearing sunscreen everyday is non-negotiable. However, you can be a bit more flexible in selecting the right one for the change of season. Hyalu B5 Aquagel SPF30 provides UVA and UVB protection, and the addition of hyaluronic acid will leave skin hydrated, plumped and glowing.
Hyalu B5 Aquagel SPF30 £34.50 La Roche-Posay at Boots
6. Keeping your skin’s pH balanced is the key role of your toner, so it’s a must as the months get colder. For the best results, make sure you’re avoiding anything containing alcohol, and try Kiehl’s Herbal Alcohol-free Toner, £19.50. The gentle formula, infused with cucumber extract, leaves even the most sensitive skin feeling superclean and soft.
Herbal Alcohol-free Toner, £19.50 Kiehl's
7. Unlike in the summer when lighter formulas are all you need, autumn’s rrival means it’s time to try a milk or balm version of your foaming favourite. REN’s Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk, £23, is a great hydrating cleanser which removes the day’s dirt and make-up, bolsters skin’s resistance to harmful free radicals, and calms irritation, to leave skin looking refreshed.
Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk, £23 REN
8. Oils are a great treat for thirsty skin, but can seem daunting, especially for anyone with blemish-prone skin. Sunday Riley’s Ultra Clarifying Face Oil, £34, contains salicylic acid, ideal for acne-prone skin, clearing build-up from congested pores for smoother, blemish-free skin, while milk thistle and cucumber seed oil nourish without leaving a greasy residue.
Ultra Clarifying Face Oil, £34 Sunday Riley