5 Products You Need In Your Autumn Beauty Routine
As the days sadly grow shorter, the temperature begins to drop, and the autumn air becomes drier, your skin suffers. Autumn is a time of transition, which means oil production rises, dryness is prominent and your body does a whole of lot weird things to prepare for the incoming winter months. Adjust your routine and get prepared with these products, your skin will be thanking you for it once June arrives.
Let’s be honest here, inter-seasonal changes means your oil production goes through the roof. Whether you’re applying copious amounts of dry shampoo or cleansing, cleansing and cleansing again, oil is autumn's worst enemy. Dermalogica has come to the rescue with their new Daily Microfoliant. This guy does the job by removing make-up and dirt without feeling like your skin has been stripped of all its nutrients. This unique rice-based powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing papain, salicylic acid and rice enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells. This helps balance uneven skin pigmentation and instantly leaves skin smoother and brighter.
This moisturiser is your skin’s new best friend. 99.6% naturally-derived formula combines two holy grails of the world’s wellness ingredients: New Zealand’s liquid gold, Manuka Honey and Korean Red Ginseng Root. If that isn’t enough, a study has proved skin radiance and glow improved by 41.8% and the texture and smoothness improved by 39.7%. Moisturising is a key factor in combatting the dry air that can leave skin dehydrated. Kiehl's Pure Vitality offers a gooey and rich cream that nourishes and replenishes your skin with hydration and vitamins to help combat autumn side effects. A glowing, smooth complexion during the dry and cold autumn months? Sign us up.
This bottle of goodness has no parabens, sulfates or phthalates and although there are a lot of ingredients that will illuminate the skin and help mend fine lines, the special part comes from the bottle. This baby has been engineered with a flexible massage applicator meaning it helps to reach the entire area around the eye. Not only is it somewhat fun and easy to applicate, but it actually does a good job - meaning you don't have to use dirty fingertips. Supposedly 50% of a product's benefit is in the application. And well, if that is true, then Lancôme's Génefique Serum is one you have to try.
Grown Alchemist's potent Antioxidant Facial Oil has all the goodness your skin needs to combat autumn. Apply a few times a week prior to bed to wake with noticeably more elastic skin that feels firmer, hydrated and smooth. Filled with sweet almond oil, rice bran and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E your complexion is enhanced and those niggly age spots reduced. The oil's active ingredient, Borago helps to nourish autumn skin which visibly improves and balances skin hydration. Nothing beats a natural product that actually does the job.
For all you fake tan lovers out there, it is about time you met New Zealand brand, Little Honey. This 120ml bottle of love was made in Aotearoa without testing on animals and is paraben free. The makers of Little Honey believe in a fake tan always looking natural, which suits us perfectly because who wants to look fake? Enriched with aloe vera and pro-vitamin b5 means you can say goodbye to dry autumn skin and the infusion of vanilla and honey masks that ever-obvious fake tan smell. I am not someone who usually opts for a mist, as I find foam-based tan the easiest to apply. However, Little Honey’s flawless blending glove avoids streaks and applies the mist evenly across the skin. Little Honey turned me from Eskimo in hibernation to the Cuban sun-kissed goddess I was back in January. Oh, and it dries in ten seconds; goodbye stained sheets.
Photography: Caitlin McKone
Styling: Tessa Stockdale and Zoe White