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Keeping Your Skin Healthy This Autumn.

Who doesn’t love watching season transitions, this wonder of nature taking place right in front of our eyes, witnessing the leaves change colour, the morning dew begins to appear, the light of day begins to soften, the air smells different. But cold, windy weather isn’t always so great for your skin. With the season change comes the onset of colder outdoor air and decreased humidity. Which will start to affect the skin, add in blasts of dry heat from indoor heating systems your skin will be crying for more moisture and some real tender loving care. Here are our top tips for keeping your skin healthy throughout Autumn.

 

Double Cleanse

Using an oil-based or cream-based cleanser on dry skin. Or a gel or cream-based cleanser for oily and combination skin, the first cleanse will lift off any makeup. The second cleanse should be a cream-based cleanser like our Clarifying Cleanser which ensures that the skin is thoroughly cleaned, and to aid hydration. By not removing all traces of make-up it can lead to blocked pores and, subsequently, blemishes. With double cleansing, you can be sure that you've removed everything which will enable the skin to rest and restore.

 

Exfoliate

Our skin is constantly regenerating. Skin cells start their life cycle in the lower layer of the skin, the dermis. As the cells rise to the surface layer, the epidermis, they gradually die and become filled with keratin. Proper exfoliation of the top layer of dead skin cells is essential to make way for the new, younger skin underneath. If left and not exfoliated away dead skin cells can cling to the outer layer. This leaves the skin looking dull and dried out. As well as removing these dead skin cells, exfoliation removes any dirt and oil that can get trapped and cause clogged pores and spots. Regular exfoliation can even skin tone and leave your skin feeling fresher, cleaner and looking healthier. Exfoliation also opens the way for moisturising products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. In short, a regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy. The Skin Sparkling Sponge is the perfect way to gently exfoliate daily.

 

Moisturise

Without moisture the barrier function of the skin can be compromised, leaving it prone bacteria, infection and the signs of ageing to name a few. Moisturising day and night with the Complexion Cream will enhance the texture of your skin and preserve its condition. Moisturisers help hold water in the skin's outer layers. Emollients fill in tiny crevices between surfaces to keep skin smooth, while humectants draw water to the outermost layer of your skin for a dewy glow.

 

Hydrate with weekly masks

Face Masks are one of our favourite skincare products. The right face mask, like our Moisturising Mask, can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils, help improve the appearance of your pores, soothe irritated areas and even out skin tone. Masking will also help all of your other skincare products work more efficiently. By using a mask on a weekly or bi-weekly basis it will enable your day lotions, serums and nighttime products to be absorbed by your skin quicker and deeper. Face masks don’t just offer results that improve the overall appearance of your skin, they can also be quite therapeutic. Using a mask regularly will help you set time aside for yourself and help you relax.

 

Use a facial spritz

More often than not, we have no control over the heating/ cooling system in our workplaces, a great way to help your skin during working hours is by using a facial spritz to help relieve any tightness caused by heaters which tend to dry out the air. At ONNE we love using rose water in a small spray bottle to keep my skin hydrated in these conditions.

 

UV protection

Although UVB is too weak at this time of year, so it’s unlikely you’ll burn, UVA is still present, even on cloudy days, and is the ray most associated with deeper ageing. So it is essential that you are still taking measure to protect your skin.

 

Keep Hydrated

If your skin is not getting a sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. When skin is well-hydrated, it is more plump and resilient. This is due, at least in part, to an ingredient in the skin called hyaluronic acid. The job of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to hold water. When there is adequate water from inside and out the skin looks healthier and more vibrant and is less prone to wrinkles. Hydrated skin will also remain flexible and allow our protective barrier to remain intact. If the skin is broken, environmental factors can damage our bodies and cause exacerbated water loss, feeding a cyclical pattern of more damage due to further dehydration. The unfortunate truth about drinking water and skin is that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin so is it very important to make sure you are getting enough water. Drink between 1.5 - 3l per day to ensure your skin reaps any benefits.