Despite many of us replacing our 10-step routines with minimalistic skincare, our skin has certainly been living its best life in the past two years. It’s no surprise, aside from the occasional bout of maskne, we’ve been wearing way less makeup, spending way less time in the sun, and the air has been way less pollutant. Plus, we’ve been spending more time focussing on skincare routines and putting our general health first.
With many returning to the “new normal” life, commuting, office spaces, and socialising, what does that mean for our skin?
If you haven’t already then, it’s time to replace lightweight products with balms, oils and creams. As the temperature drops, there is a change in humidity levels which can upset your skin, causing breakouts, sensitivity and dryness. Using richer and thicker products helps build your skin’s barrier and prepares it for Winter.
Keep reading if you want to know how you can support your skin to adjust back into the office environment whilst improving its appearance and where to pick up my top picks.
Commute effects include pollution, the results of which are profound and seen as skin sensitivity, premature skin ageing, discolouration, dryness, dullness, and roughness. A great benefit of using Vitamin C as part of your routine is to prevent pollution-induced skin damage. In the Autumn, Vitamin C is particularly beneficial as it brightens your complexion and improves the appearance of sun damage.
Commutes for many people will mean public transport and mask-wearing. Increased use of wearing masks will potentially result in maskne. Products containing salicylic acid can help with maskne.
Lower temperatures and humidity levels result in dry air, which draws moisture away from the skin. Introducing hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine helps replenish and hold moisture, improving skin hydration and plumping the skin.
Elemis Superfood Facial Oil
The nutrient-rich, plant-based Elemis Superfood Facil Oil is rich in antioxidants and omega fatty acids, blended with a natural Pre-Biotic to help balance and enhance your complexion. The oil is excellent to support your skin barrier while reviving tired, dull skin.
Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum
With the increased makeup use that comes with socialising, more exfoliation becomes more critical. This serum includes glycolic acid, which exfoliates the skin while maintaining a natural PH balance. The glycolic acid enables the Vitamin C to penetrate the layers of your skin more effectively.
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
With Vitamin E, wild sea fennel, rose, and jasmine extracts, this moringa cleansing balm will help to restore radiance to dull and tired-looking skin.
Trilogy Hyaluronic Acid+ Booster Treatment
This two-week intense hydration booster is enriched with antioxidants making it especially beneficial to urban dwellers exposed to pollution.
REN Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream
Pollution and UV damage can leave skin looking uneven, tired and cause or worsen dark spots. This vegan formulated Dark Spot Sleeping Cream targets uneven pigmentation without lightening your natural skin tone.
If you haven’t already, now is a great time to introduce Vitamin D supplements to your routine. The sunshine vitamin plays a role in skin protection and rejuvenation, contributing to skin cell growth, repair and metabolism. It enhances the skin’s immune system and helps to keep energy levels up for your increased daily activity. You can pick up my must-haves, Vitamin D and more from Very.co.uk.
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