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As soon as the weather starts changing, my skin very quickly becomes an angry, broken-out mess that’s both dry and spotty, so that’s always something to look forward to! The two things I pay most attention to are making sure my skin is well exfoliated (but not too exfoliated!) and I also reach for products that are designed to sooth and calm, ideally containing ingredients like Cica and Aloe. Very.co.uk have a huge selection of skincare (as well as many other beauty products spanning makeup, fragrance and beauty tools – well worth checking out if you’re on the hunt for a beauty splurge) and I was asked to select some of my favourite products for transitioning skincare from the warmer months into Autumn, so here are some of my skincare essentials:
I’m always raving about the Elemis Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter (£30 here – link) because it is just such a great cleanser that I think would suit pretty much every skin type and need. It’s like a slightly oily balm that gives skin a very gentle exfoliation without any residue or greasiness. This is a great choice for the colder months, particularly if you’re prone to breakouts, as this is just a smidgen richer than a gel cleanser without being so rich that it risks making breakouts worse.
Acids are your friends as the weather starts cooling as your skin will really benefit from that extra level of exfoliation, but don’t go too overboard as it’ll have the opposite effect! Two great choices are the Emma Hardie Exfoliating Brightening Tonic (£27.99 here – link) and the Nip + Fab Salicylic Acid Day Pads (£12.99 here – link) as these are both extremely gentle, so they should help your skin adjust to chemical exfoliants without drying it out; go for the Nip & Fab pads if you’re prone to breakouts as salicylic acid is such a handy ingredient for helping with spots.
If you want a very simple skincare routine, start with the aforementioned cleanser and one of the toners then finish with a really soothing treatment, such as the REN Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask (£34 here – link), which will help promote a healthy skin barrier by providing gently soothing hydration. I’m sure you could get away with using it as an overnight treatment, or you could use the Philosophy Nature in a Jar Cica Complex Recovery Moisturiser (£38 here – link) which contains Cica and Shea Butter, both of which are amazing ingredients for hydrating and soothing the skin without flooding it.
The best thing you can do for your skin if it’s reacting to the weather, is to strip your skincare back to basics, provide lots of soothing hydration and keep the exfoliating elements as gentle as possible. This will help skin recover quickly and promote a healthy skin barrier. Don’t forget to check out the full range of skincare available at Very.co.uk
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