Navigating Seasonal Skin Changes: Autumn and Winter Edition

As the seasons transform from the warmth of summer to the crispness of autumn and the chill of winter, our bodies and minds adapt to the new rhythm of nature. But have you ever paused to consider how this change in weather affects your skin? Just like our wardrobe, our skin requires a seasonal adjustment too. Let's explore the remarkable ways autumn and winter can impact your skin and discover essential skincare tips to keep your skin glowing even in the coldest months.

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Drier Than Ever - The Moisture Struggle: With the arrival of autumn and winter, one of the most noticeable changes in your skin is its increased dryness. The drop in humidity levels, coupled with cold winds, can leave your skin feeling parched and tight.

The Why: Lower humidity levels mean there's less moisture in the air for your skin to absorb. Additionally, indoor heating systems, while keeping you warm, can further deplete the moisture content in the air.

Skincare Tip: To combat this, opt for a richer, more hydrating moisturiser during the colder months. Look for products that are designed as rich emollients, which lock in moisture, and consider incorporating a humidifier into your living space to reintroduce some much-needed moisture. Our Made of More Night Souffle is an excellent night time treatment for dry skin, adding the Rescue Balm on top to lock in all the goodness would give your skin a much needed reboost!  

The Redness Rebellion - Sensitivity Surges: You might notice your skin becoming more sensitive and prone to redness during autumn and winter. Harsh winds and temperature fluctuations can trigger irritation and inflammation, leading to that notorious winter redness.

The Why: Cold winds strip away the skin's natural protective oils, leaving it vulnerable to environmental stressors. Indoor heating systems can further aggravate this sensitivity by drying out the air.

Skincare Tip: To soothe sensitive skin, opt for skincare products with calming ingredients like CBD and CBG. Consider adding a balm to your routine to fortify your skin's natural barrier against external aggressors.

The Breakout Battle - Uninvited Guests: Contrary to what you might expect, acne breakouts can become more common during the colder months. Your skin's oil production doesn't take a winter break, and as it tries to combat dryness, it can overcompensate by producing excess oil, leading to clogged pores and breakouts.

The Why: As the weather cools down, you might be tempted to take long, hot showers. However, these can strip your skin of its natural oils, prompting it to produce more oil to compensate.

Skincare Tip: Stick to shorter, lukewarm showers and incorporate a gentler cleanser into your routine to prevent stripping the skin’s natural function. If those pesky spots persist then products with salicylic acid can be particularly effective for acne-prone skin.

Lip Service Required - Battling Chapped Lips: Your lips often bear the brunt of autumn and winter weather. Chapping, dryness, and even painful cracks can become an unwelcome part of the season.

The Why: The skin on your lips is thinner and lacks oil glands, making it more susceptible to dehydration and damage. Exposure to cold winds and low humidity further exacerbates the issue.

Skincare Tip: Invest in a high-quality lip balm with nourishing ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil. Applying lip balm regularly, especially before heading outdoors, can help keep your lips soft and supple.

Skincare doesn’t need to be complicated, you’ve just got to ensure your skin is protected, even more so during the colder months. As you embrace the beauty of autumn and winter, don't forget to extend some extra love and care to your skin. With the right skincare routine, you can keep your skin radiant and healthy even when the weather outside is frightful.

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Written by Jenny O’Connell, Co-Founder of SISTERLY.

I was a barrister for 20 years and took on a major career pivot as a result of feeling sick of being sick! I’d had a busy but stressful career, an obsession with endurance sports and a love of margaritas (I never know when to go to bed) but modern life takes its toll. I got sick a lot - chest infections, strep throats and constant bugs - and I managed my health with antibiotics and steroids.

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