What changes will you be making to your skincare routine to protect your skin this Autumn/Winter.
As the weather starts to change your skin will definitely start to feel the strain, so one seasonal change that should be on your radar is your skincare routine.
This year, more than most, the hot summer, and the opportunity for many to enjoy it a little more, has likely left its mark on your face. Pigmentation from excessive tanning, and a build-up of dead skin cells, can leave your skin looking less than glowing.
Making sure your skin is hydrated is even more important as we move towards Autumn & Winter. Discover the autumn skincare essentials that truly make a difference in keeping your skin looking its best throughout the colder months.
“Dry, Fragile, Dull skin is a common side effect of the change in weather at this time of year.” Says Instant Effects Founder, Richard Mears. “The sudden change in temperature and harsher weather conditions damage the skin barrier, leaving deeper layers of skin open to damage from pollutants and other external aggravators. This can cause inflammation, sensitivity and redness.”
So, what should your skincare regime look like to protect your skin?
Whilst skipping the cleansing step and heading straight to bed may be appealing, cleansing your face twice daily will benefit the health, youth, and radiance of your skin.
Opt for a multi-action exfoliating cleanser to gently remove dead skin cells, leaving skin regenerated and fresh. Removing all external pollutants and aggravators is more important than ever in the colder weather. A cream cleanser will be calming for dryer, extra sensitised skin.
Intense Hydration Morning and Night
Start and end your day with the right moisturiser and the rest will fall into place. The key to a successful skincare routine at this time of year is picking a formula that packs a punch and delivers.
The Instant Effects AM & PM is a rich, nourishing duo, and has one of the highest levels of active ingredients you will find.
Here are some of our essential active ingredients, guaranteed to leave your skin glowing this Autumn –
Vitamin E (AM Energiser)
Vitamin E is not new to the skincare scene, and is one of the hardest working ingredients around. Vitamin E occurs naturally in healthy skin and offers significant antioxidant properties to help defend from pollution and other environmental stressors that would otherwise weaken skin, causing unwanted changes. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble ingredient, meaning it’s able to penetrate deep into your skin and preserve the lipids (fats) in your face, while soothing and healing your skin barrier.
Vitamin C (AM Energiser & PM Recovery)
A powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from irritation, inflammation, and environmental damage. Vitamin C helps restore skin following sun damage and surface pigment spots appear less visible, leaving skin brighter and more even-toned. It also boosts collagen and elastin in the skin, literally turning back the clock.
Aloe Vera (AM Energiser & PM Recovery)
The high water content makes aloe vera super hydrating, soothing, and cooling, which is why it is a common ingredient in after-sun products. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, leaving dry skin feeling comfortable and smooth.
Japanese Seaweed (AM Energiser & PM Recovery)
Otherwise known as Wakame, this powerful active ingredient increases moisture retention and reduces redness following UV exposure. It also activates key genes associated with wound healing, reduces wrinkle depth and improves hydration.
Pomegranate oil (AM Energiser & PM Recovery)
Rich in antioxidants and polyphenols that give the oil natural protection qualities, shielding skin from UV and free-radical damage. Pomegranate oil supports cell regeneration and effectively reduces and prevents wrinkles. Super hydrating, it is amazing at nourishing and softening skin.
Walnut Seed (AM Energiser & PM Recovery)
Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed Extract delivers Omega-3 fats that strengthen the membranes of your skin cells, locking in moisture and nutrients that keep it plump and glowing and keeping out toxins that can damage skin cells.
Peach Kernal Oil (PM Recovery)
Peach Kernel Oil is crammed with the fatty acids Omegas 3 and 6. They carry moisture deep into the skin for long-lasting hydration, making it look healthy and plumped-up, and feel soft and supple. Omega oils work with the skin’s natural barrier, helping it to function well, and improving overall tone and firmness. They reduce redness, condition and protect, and help the skin to repair itself.
Look After Your Eyes
To fight off dull days ensure your eyes shine bright. The sensitive skin around our eyes is often hit hard when the weather changes and needs some extra TLC to keep it tip top and comfortable at this time of year.
The Triple complex eye serum is a powerful antioxidant that is 10 times as effective as a standard eye serum. Bringing to the table - green tea, caffeine, and argan extract, It protects against environmental pollution, diminishes dark circles & puffiness and provides long-lasting hydration.
What About Our Hands & Necks?
We spend a lot of time worrying about our faces, and often our hands and necks can give the game away. Be sure to keep them hydrated and protected too. You can read more about our hand serum here, and our newest member, the neck & chest rejuvenating serum, has you covered when it comes to a younger, firmer, hydrated neck and décolletage.
It’s important to complement an autumnal skin routine with a nutritional diet and going seasonal can really help with this. Make the most of Autumn harvest and embrace the seasonal vegetables on offer. Squashes, like butternut and pumpkin, are rich in beta-carotene, which aids skin cell renewal, normal skin function and collagen production.
Look after yourself x
Your Autumn Skincare Routine