We’re officially stuck in the seasonal transition period: the time of the year where chilly, crisp mornings give way to sun-drenched afternoons, leaving us absolutely dumbfounded as to what to wear in the morning, what to be whipping up for dinner (does this count as soup season?) and, ultimately, what to be putting on our skin. Thankfully, not only can we help you on the sartorial front, (with our guide to autumn dressing, here) but we can also help you nail transeasonal skin, too. Below, we outline what products you should be stashing on favour of fresh, autumn-ready saviours. The main thing to remember? Hydration.
Swap: foaming cleanser for a cream cleanser
Stay clear of foaming cleansers during the colder months as they will strip the skin of its natural oils, and instead opt for a creamier alternative. Gentle, cream cleansers, like La Mer’s soothing The Cleansing
Swap: toner for serum
As with foaming cleansers, daily toners can be harsh on the skin. To avoid over-stripping the skin when it is at its most vulnerable, replace this step in your cleansing regime with a rich, hydrating serum instead. Mila Moursi’s Dual Action Serum plump and smoothes while giving a much needed dose of moisture.
Swap: regular moisturiser for a thicker variation
It’s the oldest — and perhaps most important — skincare rule in the book: pile on the moisture when the mercury starts to drop. Up your hydration levels with a thicker cream that packs more of a punch, like Bioelements Absolute Moisture moisturiser. For those looking to invest a little more this season, Sothys La Creme 128 is a luxurious option worth indulging in.
Swap: clay masks for
If your skin is in need of some TLC this season try to avoid hardening clay masks, as they will only encourage dryness. Instead, infuse your face with moisture via über hydrating sheet masks. Organic sheet mask brand
Swap: SPF Factor 50 for SPF Factor 30
Regardless of the season, SPF is a must. We live in a country where falling subject to sun-damaged skin is just as likely on a cloudy autumn day as it is on a sun-drenched afternoon in the midst of summer. While SPF is essential, you can get away with swapping summer’s PVA-like factor 50 for a factor 30, or a morning moisturiser that combines them both. Clinique’s Super City Block SPF 30+ works perfectly as a lightweight, under-makeup primer.
Swap: cooling face mist for an eye cream
Since the skin around the eyes is the thinnest, most sensitive area on the face, it deserves a little more attention over the colder months. Stash your cooling, summery face mists until next year and replace them with hydrating, under-eye creams instead.