Today we’re talking how to deal with problematic autumn skin, namely dried out skin that isn’t quite looking it’s freshest since summer. This post will walk you through some products that target blemishes and rejuvenates the skin back to its bouncy dewy self.
Essentials For Autumn Skin
Photos by Stephi LaReine
At this time of year, my skin needs some major TLC. The cold always bothered it, I get seriously dried up and blemish prone skin, it’s super sensitive to chilly weather. I met hundreds of girls who have the exact issue as me. But I have the solution to bearing your skin to the elements! It’s all in switching up your skin routine to accommodate surrounding weather. My essentials for autumn skin incorporate bringing moisture back into the skin, whilst ridding it of trapped dirt and bacteria for dewy spotless skin that’s plumped full of moisture.
All products listed have been accommodated for all budgets, because good skin shouldn’t come with a hefty price tag. Some products are more lavish but are intense in their results and a quick fix treatment requiring less product so usually cost effective.
Espa Overnight Hydration Therapy
Espa are a pretty huge deal in the beauty world, and a hidden secret to users of their products. The Espa Overnight Hydration Therapy Mask completely transforms tired skin to revitalise it to looking fresh faced and luminous.
It uses plant extracts, restorative marine actives to rejuvenate the skin into being more hydrated and smooth.
It’s applied over the skin just before bed, and thoroughly massaged into the skin, until it turns a yellow white colour. The product itself is a very rich cream gel, the thickness is noticeable that it feeds the skin essential oils that remain in the skin. I often see this product in spas, and at specialist beauty counters and rarely seen in shops nowadays. What I also love about this hydrating mask is that the texture is really lovely to handle and smells delicious, I find that extremely important when a mask is sitting on my face all night.
The combination of lavender, seaweed extract and Konjac root is so soothing. It’s purpose is to give you restful sleep with the lavender, whilst the seaweed infuses the skin with moisture. The final result is a fresh face that looks energised, plump and smooth.
Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil
I fell in love with this product over a year ago and have been obsessive using it in my routine, it’s hands down the best face oil to make the most dried faces full of plump dewiness. See my initial thoughts on the Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil.
It’s consistently is quite oily and thinner than creams that I use, but using this face treatment oil is a fast way of getting oil back into the skin, it doesn’t take too long for the entirety of the oil to soak up – but it’s definitely a product I wouldn’t use in the morning before putting on my daily makeup. Treat yourself with this product by using it towards the end of the day, so by morning you’re left with plumped and smooth skin.
I find it particularly well on areas of my neck and cheeks that get dried out by the chilly weather.
It’s a fantastic product for restoring radiance and naturally glow on the skin too, so not only is it food for your skin but it gives you an external shine. It contains essential oils like rosewood, patchouli, and blue orchid. Also with added hazelnut oil to prevent moisture loss. This is mostly suitable for dry and combination skin, and can be used straight after cleansing the face, whilst it’s still wet (blot the excess afterwards) or it can be used after moisturising for maximum effect before bed.
It’s an absolute pleasure to use and makes me feel very luxurious using it, as it smells like pure luxury.
Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Primer
I’ll hands down say this is one of the best primers I’ve ever used. The Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Primer is incredible at keeping makeup fresh and evergreen all day long. It’s great for shine control and keeping all the needed oils in your face. This is one of the few products I could happily walk out the door in knowing my face is matted and shine has been taken away. It’s become a staple in my routine as much as SPF has – even in the winter.
In the cold autumn days and night wrinkles and creases can look harsher and more defined and with this Murads primer it softens lines and blemishes to the point of any visibility, whilst improving the texture of your skin to become satin soft and overall good texture. Even though I stand by my SPF 50 prior to makeup, on cooler days I don’t stress as the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Primer has a SPF 30.
The main reason why I shout about this product from the rooftops is because it protects the skin as well as primes it for makeup. It’s a product that takes away the dull looking days, and makes me feel confident about my application and preservation of makeup. Miracles products do actually exist!
Nip & Fab Teen Skin Fix Breakout Rescue Pads
This is my bargain product of this blog post (it’s less than £10 woo!) and a total must for acne and blemish prone skin. I’ll be the first to admit that my skin isn’t perfect, I don’t think anyone really has such thing as “perfect” skin and we all need little boosters and quick fixes. This is where Nip & Fab’s Teen Skin Fix Breakout Rescue Pads have been my saviour, particularly this autumn. They purify your skin and sweep away all trapped dirt, excess oils and whilst it cleanses the face, it also prevent future build up using wasabi extracts, which is used for prevention of blemishes in skincare.
It also contains salicylic acid that deeply cleanses the pores and uses the witch hazel extract to soothe any skin discomfort. Witch hazel is my other miracle product I swear by – it’s versatility is incredible for excess oil and taking care of spots and blemishes caused by weather.
How to use these products
I know there’s a few makeup newbies that read this blog, and unsure in which order that skincare is carried out. For example with these products when a blemish occurs I would use the Breakout Rescue Pads, followed by Blue Orchid Face Treatment – it’s this way round to put the moisture back into the skin, after the area has been cleaned. Before makeup primer is used to keep all makeup static, and also helps the application of creating a flawless look. Primer is also fantastic at keeping any nasties on top of the skin, preventing blemishes and spots from your makeup or anything picked up by the elements. Finally the Overnight Hydration Therapy would be applied after the removal of makeup, after the skin has been cleansed, toned and moistured. The treatment would be the last thing you apply to your skin. Throughout my teens I never knew which way round any treatment was, even though it may seem obvious to me now!
I’d love to hear some of your autumn skin secrets to keeping your skin smooth and hydrated.