Autumn Skin Care
Summer may be good for a sunny look, but your skin often looks dull and damaged afterwards due to the accumulation of dead skin cells and an increase in pigmentation spots. Your supply of antioxidants has dwindled in recent months under the summer sun, and your skin barrier has also suffered from sun, sea, beach or air conditioning.
When your tan has disappeared, your skin looks a lot less smooth and radiant than it did on the holiday photos ...
Autumn is therefore a great time of year to give your skin a boost!
In your skin care regimen choose ingredients that help restore your skin. Vitamin C, for example, has a proven effect against existing sun damage. Products with skin barrier-repairing and soothing substances also help to restore the skin's condition. Also provide sufficient moisture-retaining ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.
Exfoliating now becomes extra important. A good scrub / peeling not only removes dead skin cells, but also helps to reduce pigmentation spots, prevent blemishes and retain moisture.
Scrub your skin 1-2 times a week. Use a mild scrub for the face and a coarser one for the body. By exfoliating, dead skin cells are removed and the recovery of the skin is stimulated. Don't forget the feet (especially the heels)!
Take care of your hands
The hands always have a lot to endure, but in autumn even more: they get dry faster due to cold outside and drought indoors. It is therefore important to keep them nourished and hydrated. Use your Hands & Nails Cream regularly. H&B has various paraffin-free hand creams in its range that prevent and repair gaps and are quickly absorbed by the skin.
It is important that you moisturize the skin both from the outside (creams) and from the inside. Pure water (eg avoid alcohol and coffee) is the most effective for this.
By closing the windows and turning on the heating, the humidity in the house is lower. This lower humidity causes the skin to lose its moisture to the environment and feel drier.
Therefore, use a rich body butter or body cream. Pay extra attention to the dry parts such as the shins, knees, feet and elbows.
Protect your skin from the sun
It is also important to protect your skin from the sun in autumn, especially if you regularly exfoliate your skin, which makes it more sensitive to sunlight. Although the sun is now becoming less and less powerful, UVA radiation is present all year round. A day cream with an SPF 20 offers sufficient protection.
A well-restored skin, with a healthy skin barrier function, will better be able to resist the falling temperatures and low humidity of the winter.
Use a serum and a richer cream for your face
Due to the harsh, cold wind, rain and the warmth and dryness of artificial heating, the skin often feels tight and cracks, flakes and red spots can quickly develop.
It is therefore best to use a facial cream that nourishes your skin well, hydrates and protects against cold, rain, wind and temperature changes. Give your skin an extra boost by using a serum before applying your cream. Also regularly apply a nourishing face mask.
Don't shower too long nor too hot
After a cold autumn day, it is of course wonderful to take a long, warm shower or bath. However, shower and bath water removes many of the natural fats and moisture-retaining substances from your skin, making it dry quickly. So limit the time in and under water and use mild products.
Skin problems in autumn
Existing skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis can worsen in autumn. How come? The skin has had a lot to endure during the summer months. Even if you have faithfully moisturized your skin daily with a good cream and sunscreen with safe filters and plenty of antioxidants, chances are that your skin has suffered damage during this period. Excessive UV radiation has caused an excessive production of free radicals in the skin, which means that your supply of antioxidants is reasonably used up. In addition, your skin barrier will regularly be tested by the effects of sun, sea and chlorinated water and / or air conditioning. A damaged skin barrier makes it easier for bacteria and viruses to enter and also makes the skin dry out faster. This makes skin complaints like psoriasis and eczema more likely to develop or worsen.
More acne when summer is over
Acne complaints can also develop or worsen when autumn starts. UV radiation causes the outer skin layer to thicken. This extra load on the skin cells can cause blockages in the follicles, which increases the risk of inflammation. In addition, sunlight can stimulate sebum production. Because the summer tan slowly disappears, acne is also more noticeable in autumn.