7 Skin Survival Tips For The Changing Season

Act now for a happy face.

A skin doctor and makeup artist explain how to save face when the weather changes

Finally today officially marks the start of Autumn, and with it has come colder climes. Year after year we recognise this can cause havoc with our complexions, but most of us just put up with the sudden dry skin and persistent outbreaks. Well, we asked Simple's dermatologist Dr Philippa Lowe and makeup artist Lisa Valencia their top tips for skin survival during the season change. Act now for a happy face.

Dr Philippa Lowe says:

1. Check your skincare

As we move from Summer to Autumn we need to change our skincare routines a bit. During the colder months the humidity decreases and our use of central heating increases – both serve to dry out skin – so stick with your usual cleansing methods but remember to always avoid harsh, cleansing products which can dehydrate skin.

2. Try micellar cleansing

Use something gentle that doesn't strip your skin of its natural moisture, for example a micellar cleansing water. The Simple one is formulated with glycerin, and triple purified water for instant hydration.

3. Don't forget SPF

Remember, you still need to protect your skin from the sun all year round (but making sure that you increase your SPF from April-September and when in hot climates) so find a good day moisturising cream that has a minimum SPF15 and a good UVA protection. Use this as a base daily before applying your makeup and then reapply during the day if out and about for lengths of time.

4. Use antioxidant-rich creams at night

Before bed, gently cleanse your skin without stripping it and drying it further with harsh chemicals and then apply a rich night moisturising repair cream. Look for creams full of antioxidants, as nighttime is the best time to repair the skin.

Makeup artist Lisa Valencia says:

5. Simplify your makeup routine

You'll need to tailor your makeup routine accordingly as the seasons change and make sure you're kind to your skin to avoid flare-ups and sensitivity which can make it hard to get the beautiful finish you want from your makeup. If you like the convenience of cleansing wipes, try the new Simple x Holly Fulton Kind To Skin Cleansing Wipes because they gently cleanse and don't dry skin out.

6. Boost your cream with oil

As skin can become a little dryer as the temperature cools, and central heating is turned on, after cleansing at night I add a few drops of a rich nourishing oil to my night cream for an extra boost.

7. Try illuminating moisturisers for day

Skin can look dull during the cooler months, so I rely on an illuminating moisturiser for a complexion that looks bright and dewy all year round.

8. Choose a cream blush

My top tip for brightening your look with makeup is to switch to a rosy-coloured cream blush, it works wonders…
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7 Skin Survival Tips For The Changing Season
Act now for a happy face.
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