How do you notice the seasonal change on your skin?
It’s a bit hard to explain, but I think that the cooler air feels different – sort of as though the air flows past the skin in a different way than summer air. It also feels different when my hands touch my skin in the autumn. They slide lightly across the skin because it is drier on the surface. I also notice that I’m no longer spending as much time outdoors. The September air is drier, and so is the indoor climate. And I can feel it.
What changes do you make to your skincare routines?|
Actually, I cheat a little, because I’m in the middle of testing a lot of different things we’re developing. Right now I’m testing a product that’s excellent for seasonal transitions. It’s a product that gives me the feeling that I’m not overloading my skin but instead giving it extra moisture when it’s dehydrated.
But apart from that, some of my old favourites are making a return to my daily routine. My beloved eye cream is back on deck, and I can feel that I do need it now. Maybe it has something to do with the light, but I think that I’ve been looking tired, so it’s really a daily indulgence to use eye cream – because it makes a visible difference.
I’m also back on the Acai oil, which I took a break from during the summer. And our Sun Face Cream was developed to replace moisturizer; we added ingredients that really care for the skin – doing more than just protecting it from the sun. For instance, the apple extract increases cellular turnover by 16 percent in just 6 days. I’ve used it all summer long and I still do – but with SPF 15 now that the sun isn’t as strong.
I like building my skincare in layers: the first step is Facial Mist, then eye cream on my eyes and lips, then serum and finally the oil. If my skin feels particularly dehydrated, I’ll also add moisturizer – or sunscreen if I know that I’ll be out in the sun. But often the oil alone is enough for my skin. It provides radiance and gives the skin suppleness that you can feel all day. I continue to be deeply fascinated by the oil, even though it’s been part of my routine all along.
My cleansing routine doesn’t really follow a set schedule. It’s not so much seasonal as in tune with what I feel I need on a given day. If I want deeper cleansing, I’ll use Cleansing Foam, but otherwise I really love Cleansing Milk. It feels so indulgent. It’s easy to use, suits my skin perfectly, and feels cooling on the skin, which I really like. And it’s not just a cleanser – it’s also protective and nourishing. Last but not least, it doesn’t sting the eyes.
What do you do when you feel that your skin needs a little extra?
If I find that my skin needs a little something more, I apply some Body Balm as a night mask. It’s fantastic when you sleep with it on. Although the balm is quite rich and emollient, it allows the skin to breathe, and you wake up with totally soft, smooth, and happy skin.
If I want to do even more for my skin, a facial treatment is always a consideration. Or a facial acupuncture treatment. I’ve been getting them regularly and have become completely addicted. The needles are incredible when it comes to melting away tension, which is often the first warning sign of future wrinkles. And I always feel very light facially after one of these treatments.
3 things to help balance your skin for autumn
Make time for a mask
If you haven’t already brought a face mask into your weekly skincare routine, it’s an excellent time to do so. A mask deeply quenches your skin with moisture and replenishes it, making it more resilient to the effects of weather. Facial Scrub Mask acts as a moisture-saturating and revitalizing mask if you allow it to work for 20-30 minutes. Body Balm can also work wonders – try it as a night mask.
Choose a milder cleanser
Too much soap and hot water can deplete and strip the skin’s lipid barrier, causing imbalance. Wash with lukewarm water or use a wrung-out washcloth to minimize the skin’s contact with water. You can also begin using a cleansing product that doesn’t require water. Cleansing Milk is effective, mild and doesn’t need to be combined with water to cleanse your skin perfectly.
Boost your skin
Just as you may take a course of vitamins when autumn rolls around, your skin can also benefit from a little booster cure to replenish, restore and improve its resilience. You can add a serum or oil to use both morning and evening for a time, or you can supercharge your moisturizer with a few drops of oil. You don’t have to continue doing it throughout the entire autumn and winter, but perhaps just for short intervals of two weeks followed by a break.