The Fountain of Youth

During the transition from summer to winter we sit in the middle ground that is Autumn. During Autumn the temperature gradually begins to drop, however, living in the tropics the humidity tends to prevail. As the temperature changes your skin can start to change from oily to dry, dry to oily. Everyone is different, and their skin will react differently to said changes. That means your skincare routine will most likely be different to another person’s, even if you’re both experiencing the same weather conditions.

Playing with your skincare routine can feel like playing a game of Monopoly. Going round and round, buying new products that may or may not work for your skin type, but once you hit ‘go’, trust us, the right skincare routine is rewarding. Switching up your skincare products could be the secret to a glowing complexion year-round. As you soak in the glorious sun during warmer months, your skin will secrete more oils as you sweat. You may notice sun blemishes as well as uneven skin tones, unwanted tan lines and a complexion crying for a good cleanse. When your skin is left in an oily state you may experience breakouts and acne. When it gets hot, try to use a lightweight moisturiser after cleansing your face and drinks lots of water.

Did you know? After taking a shower  your skin is stripped of essential moisture. Moisturise straight away to prevent stretch marks, wrinkles, and flaky skin

The relief of cooler air, along with stronger winds, will rob your skin of moisture. Dry, irritated skin can result in flaky or peeling dead skin cells. This can clog your pores, cause acne, and those pesky blackheads. Adjusting your skincare is your get-out-of-jail-free card. Now would be the time to adjust your skincare routine and bring out the gentle cleansers. Look for exfoliating ingredients and thicker moisturisers to help keep your skin looking young. Exfoliated ingredients may be lactic acid (for sensitive skin) or salicylic acid (for acne-prone skin).

No matter your skin type (combination, oily or dry) it’s important to use moisturisers. You won’t need to break the bank to find the right moisturiser. Although expensive products claim wonders, sometimes the cheap underdogs can be your skin’s holy grail. Simple products with less ingredients are typically what your skin will adapt to best. Moisturising will help balance you skin and counteract dull or shiny complexions. If you have oily skin, lean towards water-based lotions and gels. If you have dry skin, look for creams or gentle oil ingredients.

Did you know? Some product ingredients should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Read the product label and if directed to apply at night, do so

Not only will moistening the skin leave it looking healthier, but it can also help keep your skin looking and feeling younger. Young skin has naturally had less sun exposure and contact with pollutants in the air. That’s why young kids tend to have glowing clear skin. As we mature hormonal changes cause breakouts and complications. Hence, teenagers need products with active ingredients like salicylic acid or hyaluronic acid to counteract painful pimples. As adults we need gentle moisturisers to fight wrinkles and keep our skin smooth as we age and go about our day-to-day lives.

Fun fact: Coconut oil is a great natural moisturiser. (This could be a creative present for those less inclined to skincare. Coconut oil can be used in the kitchen as cooking oil and in the bathroom for softening skin and hair).