By Noleen Sliney
Just as we’re changing our wardrobe for Autumn and wearing warmer clothes, it’s also time for us to start changing our beauty routine.
Here are 5 super simple ways you can keep your skin in tip top condition and still look fabulous and radiant this Autumn, despite the cooler temperature.
Step 1: Add a facial oil to your skincare routine
At this time of year, our skin needs a lot more hydration. Factors like colder temperatures and central heating can take away moisture, which causes dry, dull looking skin. Adding a facial oil to your evening skincare routine is a really quick and easy way to replenish lost moisture. Now I know some of you might be put off by hearing the word ‘oil’. But using a very small amount of an essential oil is not going to leave your face looking or feeling greasy. Nor will it cause breakouts. And remember, even if you have oily skin, it’s still important for your skin to stay hydrated. A facial oil that contains essential oils such as rosehip oil and sweet almond oil will actually help to rebalance your skin overnight. So if you have dry patches on your skin, the oil will provide them with the extra hydration that they need. If you’ve any oily areas, the facial oil will rebalance these too, as your skin will recognise that it has enough oil, and therefore it will slow down it’s oil production. My absolute favourite facial oil is by our very own Über Mom Julie Leonard of Potentia. This wonder facial oil contains 5 skin loving essential oils. Apply 1 to maximum 2 drops of oil at night only, and you’ll wake up to gorgeous, hydrated skin every morning. You can find it here at: http://www.potentiacentre.com/store/p7/Nourishing_and_Anti-Ageing_Oil.html
Step 2: Use a face mask 1-2 times per week
Face masks are such a great way to give your skin a really quick shot of extra hydration. Plus, it’s a great excuse to sit, relax and do something nice for yourself for 10 minutes (not that you should need an excuse to take 10 minutes for yourself. Or to do something nice for yourself). Twice per week is optimal, but aim for at least once per week and you’re really start to notice a difference in how plumped and hydrated your skin looks and feels.
Step 3: Protect your hair by always using heat protection products before styling
We typically start to use more heated appliances on our hair again at this time of year. As much as I love to let my hair dry naturally when I can, it’s just not possible as much in Autumn/Winter. Going out in cold temperatures with wet hair is just an invitation for colds and flus! Hairdryers are great, but the heat from them can lead to dry, damaged hair. So it’s a really good idea to use heat protection products on your hair before ever using any heated appliances. This is particularly important when using hair straighteners and curling irons, as these tend to damage the hair even more. Spray 3-5 pumps of your heat protection spray before using these appliances. Spray from the mid lengths to end of your hair only, as these are the areas that are prone to more damage.
Step 4: Use a hair mask 1-2 times per week
It’s not just our skin that needs some hydration and some TLC in Autumn/Winter. As I’ve already mentioned, things like heated appliances and central heating can have an affect on our hair and causes loss of moisture, leading to dry and dehydrated hair. Even if you have fine hair, or oily roots, the ends of your hair can still be quite dry. To remedy this, try applying some organic coconut oil to the ends of your hair 1 to 2 times per week. You don’t need to buy any particularly fancy type of coconut oil. The one you use to cook food with is actually perfect for this. Depending on the thickness of your hair, take approximately a half to full tea spoon of coconut oil. Rub it between your hands, and then spread evenly through your hair. You can apply it to either wet or dry hair. Don’t apply it to the roots of your hair or on your scalp. You only need to apply it from the middle of your hair towards the ends of your hair. I tend to leave the coconut oil in my hair overnight, to really allow it soak in well. However, you can leave it in as long or as short as you like. You can decide what suits you best. Once your ready, rinse out the coconut oil well. Then shampoo and condition your hair as normal. Your hair will be look and feel totally refreshed and hydrated. Super easy. Super quick. Super cheap! It’s a win win. Here’s the two that I use most frequently. I buy these at Alnatura.
Step 5: Switch to a foundation with slightly more coverage
Whilst lighter foundations are great for the Summer, unfortunately they don’t provide enough coverage for our skin at this time of year. At the same time, I don’t recommend using something with very heavy or very thick coverage. This is only going to give a very unnatural look to your skin, and can clog your pores. Look for a foundation with medium coverage, as these are very buildable. So for the days you only want a little bit of coverage, you can apply it very lightly. And for the days you want a bit more (eg: for an evening look), or if your skin needs slightly more coverage, you can apply a little bit more foundation. That way, you’ll have the coverage you want, but it will still look natural and radiant, and you’ll still look like you.
One of the most frequently asked questions I’m asked by my clients is about choosing the correct foundation shade for their skin tone. So I’ve actually got some extra tips for you on how to do this. Here’s my Top 4 Do’s and Don’ts for choosing the Perfect-For-You Foundation Shade:
- DON’T test the foundation on your hand – Your hands are not the same colour as your face. And you won’t be wearing the foundation on your hands anyway. So why would you test it there! By testing it on your hand, you’re not going to get a good idea of how the shade is going to look on your face.
- DO test the foundation on the side of your face – The best place to do this is by applying a small amount of the foundation from your jawline down to your neck. The reason is, this is the area that has the least amount of pigmentation and redness on your face. Therefore giving a truer indication of how the shade of foundation looks on your face.
- DO go outside in natural light to see how it looks on your skin – The lighting in department stores and drug stores tend to be very unnatural. This is why it’s important to go outside to see how the foundation looks on you in daylight. Using the method from step 2, go outside into the natural light, and check how the foundation looks on your skin. The Perfect-For-You shade of foundation should blend in perfectly with your skin. ie: you shouldn’t see any difference in colour between your face and neck. You’ll know straight away if it looks too dark or too light., as you’ll notice a line of makeup one way or the other. If you don’t notice anything at all, then this is the shade for you.
- When in doubt, always go slightly lighter – If you have to choose between a shade that’s ever so slightly lighter or ever so slightly darker, then DO choose the shade that’s ever so slightly lighter. The reason is, you’re going to be applying more products on top of your foundation. For example, concealer, blusher, maybe even a contour or highlighter. These products are going to add colour to your face. So if you choose a foundation that’s slightly darker, your face is just going to look darker and darker as you add each product. By keeping it slightly lighter, you’ll still have a beautiful, natural look.
I hope these tips have helped you and you’ll now start putting them into practice. They don’t take long to do at all, and are really simple to add into your beauty routine. And I’ve got a little gift for you today. I’ve created this Skincare Guide, and I’ve cut out all the complicated industry jargon and made it simple and easy to follow. Perhaps you’re unsure as to what your skin type actually is, and what products are best for your skin type? If so, this guide is a great starting point for you. And if you’ve any questions, please let me know. I’d be delighted to chat to you. Here’s the link to your free Skincare Guide http://eepurl.com/celMAH