The Autumn and Winter months may bring joy to most with cosy blankets, brisk walks and some our favourites festivities that bring friends and families together. Yet the seasonal transition can have a negative impact upon our skin, with the harsher weather, central heating and lack of Vitamin D making our skin look and feel a little out of sorts.
What are the main concerns impacting our skin during the Autumn/Winter Months?
It is no surprise that the harsher weather, cooler temperatures and central heating are all top of the list when it comes to adverse effects on skin during the Autumn and Winter months. From the dry heat indoors to the cold air outdoors, our skin can feel the drying effects that reaps havoc on both the moisture and hydration levels in our bodies. Skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema can feel worse at this time from the drying conditions of both central heating and harsher weather, and some may experience contact dermatitis or rashes on the body from the synthetic fibres and extra layers that make it harder for sweat to escape the body.
It is not just the drying conditions that have a negative impact on our skin, as the lack of sunshine during the Autumn and Winter months can cause a deficiency in Vitamin D, a vitamin that regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body which are essential nutrients to keep bones, muscles and teeth healthy. Although Vitamin D is not often associated with the skin, those suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency can experience dry, irritated skin that lacks radiance. This is due to Vitamin D’s ability to boost the immune system, help fight free radical damage and improve cell turnover – something that can dwindle during this time of year.
As our skin is a great indicator of our overall health, it is also good to remember that our physical and mental wellbeing can also reflect in our skin. The effects of stress can have a big impact on our skin at any time of year yet as the Autumn/Winter months can be a more stressful time for many – with school holidays, Christmas festivities, money worries and the pressures of a New Year looming – these can all heighten the stresses of day-to-day life. Stressed out skin can experience a worsening of existing skin conditions, breakouts and a dull and lack-lustre appearance which can also be escalated by a lack of sleep, which is a common factor if you’re a little more stressed than normal.
How to counteract the effects on our skin…
Although many of these issues will still have an impact on our skin during the Autumn and Winter months, there are a few things you can do when it comes to your skincare routine to counteract some of the effects to help repair the skin’s barrier and regain a glowing complexion.
As the cooler weather hits, and the central heating can leave our skin feeling dehydrated, it is important to up your water intake to stay hydrated on the inside. Drinking water can be more difficult during the Autumn and Winter months but a great way to increase your water intake is to drink hot herbal or fruit teas that are caffeine free, or simply add a slice of fruit to make water a little more palatable during the cooler months. As well as keeping our bodies hydrated on the inside, switching your skincare for more hydrating formulations can also help the effects of the harsher weather on your skin. Look out for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin if you find your skin feels dry or tight throughout the day, and if you are spending more time at home with the heating on, use a humidifier or small bowls of water around the room to help moisten the air.
When out and about during the cooler, harsher weather, adopting a more moisture-intensive routine can really help combat the dryness. Think facial oils, balms and richer moisturisers to not only deeply nourish the skin but also form a barrier between the skin and elements. Look for ingredients that are rich in fatty acids such as rosehip, safflower, avocado and sunflower oils, as well as intensely moisturising butters such as Shea butter to lock in moisture to keep skin feeling nourished for longer. It is also important to maintain that exfoliating routine on both our face and body, as it will remove dead skin cells and help products penetrate the skin more easily and perform so much better. Exfoliating once (or twice a week on drier skin types) will keep dry skin at bay and ensure you don’t over exfoliate. Using a physical exfoliator, like a body scrub or body brush, during this time of year will also help boost circulation to give your skin a radiance boost.
If you suffer from itchiness or irritation, you might want to incorporate some soothing ingredients when it comes to your daily skincare routine in order to help reduce inflammation and calm redness. Ingredients such as calendula, chamomile, rose and lavender can all help soothe the skin, especially if you suffer from eczema, and the anti-fungal benefits of lavender and calendula can also help with any sweat rash from wrapping up and wearing more synthetic fibres throughout the Autumn and Winter months.
Kind Origins: The place to shop green beauty brands
When shopping for skincare, it is important to find a website that can help identify the products that will really benefit your skin type, or those all-important moisture-rich and hydrating ingredients that are great for Autumn and Winter routines. This is where Kind Origins comes in, a marketplace for independent, natural beauty brands that are dedicated to great skin. There may only be a small amount of brands featured on the site right now but the names you see are familiar and recognisable, because their products are high quality and expertly formulated to be the best for your skincare routine.
Grace, the founder of Kind Origins, set up the green beauty marketplace so that others could explore natural beauty for themselves and navigate the independent brands that can help aid so many skin concerns.
“Here at Kind Origins, I am beginning to collect together beauty brands that put you and your skin at the centre of their skincare products. Brands that formulate products that do not compromise your health but tackle your skin concerns and leave you confident in your beauty choices”.Grace, Founder of Kind Origins
With brands including True Skincare, Upcircle, Nathalie Bond, BAO Skincare and Skin & Tonic, you’ll be sure to find the natural and cruelty-free products that will improve your skincare routine for the better. Kind Origins have ensured that their website is user friendly, easy to navigate and full of information that will help you choose the products for you. If you’re always feeling confused about certifications or the origins of the skincare you’re browsing, you can be safe in the knowledge that Kind Origins have done their homework, with sections on their site that explains everything you need to know. It is difficult to find a website that is completely transparent about the products they stock, as well as the ingredients in them, which makes for a smooth and easy transaction with each purchase and customer service that is exceptional.
My top picks for Autumn/Winter Skincare from Kind Origins
|AD – Gifted| If you love a multipurpose product then BAO Skincare’s Nourish Urself Balm is the product for you, with a wide variety of uses from a cleanser to an overnight mask and moisturiser that will keep your skin soft and create a barrier against the elements. What I love in particular about the Nourish Urself Balm is the nourishing, soothing ingredients that really helps tackle Autumn and Winter skin issues, with Shea Butter, Rosehip Oil, Calendula, Prickly Pear and Jojoba among others, it will moisturise and soothe the skin while leaving it dewy and glowing.
Oil-based facial serums are a must during the cooler weather and Upcircle’s Face Serum is the perfect addition to any Autumn and Winter skincare routine, with repurposed coffee oil that is rich in antioxidants to fight those free radicals and rosehip oil to intensely nourish and brighten the complexion. The serum is lightweight and absorbs beautifully, yet leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth after use. It layers well with other products, which is an essential at this time of year, and really leaves skin looking glowing after long term use.
|Ad – Gifted| This exfoliator from Nathalie Bond has been my go-recently, with a beautiful texture that not only contains Pink Himalayan Salt to remove dead skin cells but also contains Shea Butter and Coconut Oil to give skin that extra boost of moisture too. The essential oil blend of Eucalyptus and Peppermint also invigorate the senses and skin alike, with a warming blend that helps you to breathe easy while refreshing the skin. It leaves your body feeling incredibly smooth, without any dryness, and a little goes a very long way so it really is the gift that keeps on giving.
|AD – Gifted| A lip balm is an essential within any skincare routine all year around but nothing says Autumn/Winter like dry, chapped lips – and the need for a lip balm on hand 24/7. The Rose Lip Balm from Skin & Tonic is a beautifully nourishing texture that is perfect for not only treating dry lips but also preventing further damage from the drying conditions. The rose aroma is delicate and not overpowering in anyway and the handy, recyclable plastic tube (which can also be repurposed with your own lip balm creation) makes application easy on-the-go.
|AD – Gifted| A facial moisturiser is a must to keep skin free from dry patches and helps to lock in moisturise from the skin. BAO Skincare’s Recovery Face Cream is different to most, not only containing a blend of beautiful oils and butters for a deeply moisturising formulation but also featuring Hyaluronic Acid to boost hydration too. As Hyaluronic Acid holds 1000 x it’s own weight in water, it is perfect for helping keep the skin hydrated, especially if you’re out in the wind or sat at home in the central heating. The cream has a lovely light texture, so won’t feel too heavy on the skin, and has a beautiful sweet orange and frankincense aroma which is a treat for the skin and senses alike.
|Ad – Gifted| Using a natural soap bar is a great way to reduce dryness on your hands and body, especially during these times when we are probably washing hands a little more than we used too. Upcicle’s Soap bar not only provides a great skin cleansing experience but also contains glycerin to hydrate the skin at the same time. The scent is beautiful for this time of year, with a perfectly spicy blend that is warming and reviving on the skin without being too overpowering. If you’re looking for a soap bar that will leave your skin feeling clean, soft and hydrated this Autumn/Winter, then this is certainly the one for you.
Have you tried any of these products from Kind Origins? Head over to the Kind Origins website here to explore more of their range of products and see what skincare you’d like to try this Autumn/Winter. You can also get 15% off any order with the code BEAUTYFOLIO15.
Emma @ Beauty Folio x
Sources: NHS/Nuffield Health/The Harley Street Dermatology Clinic
*Disclaimer: Some of these products were kindly gifted to me by Kind Origins. This has not influenced my thoughts and opinions in this review as everything on Beauty Folio remains #triedandtested with honest feedback on each product that has not been influenced by the brand in any way. I will never give a positive review on a product I don’t believe in just because it has been #gifted, and each product i’ve received free of charge will be labelled as such. For more details on gifted products, please check out the disclaimer section on my website which can be found here.