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Arrival of the new season brings changes we are happy to welcome; as the temperature starts to drop and the leaves start to turn, consider updating your skincare routine for Autumn to rejuvenate, repair your skin from summer damage, and prepare your complexion for the harsher Winter months. 

As the topic of skincare continues to gain popularity across the world, more and more products are being put out onto the market, providing a plethora of options for each skin type. Seeing as there are so many products to choose from, use this guide on what essential ingredients to focus on to help build your new season skincare routine. Below, you will find the top tips on how to save your skin during this transition period from summer heat & humidity to the cold & dry winter, and the most popular ingredients guaranteed to keep you glowing all throughout the rest of 2020/into 2021.

Reinforce Your Skin’s Barrier

The colder temperatures and dry environment of heated rooms will break down your skin’s protective layer; smoothing, firming, and plumping it right back up to its luminous state is possible with the use of Ceramides. Be sure to look for this ingredient in your skincare as it will hold hydration in while keeping unwanted dirt, pollution, and bacteria out. Some cult favourites are: Sunday Riley Ceramide Moisturising Cream, CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion, Lancer Legacy Youth Treatment.

Post Summer Detox

All dirt, pollution, and pore-clogging skin cells can cause blackheads and painful inflamed spots. This can all be assisted with products containing Salicylic Acid, which penetrates the pores in your skin to dissolve all the unwanted dirt while exfoliating the skin. Keep in mind that this ingredient can take you to 12 weeks to show results, so patience is key! Some great products to try are: Kate Somerville EradiKate Salicylic Acid Blemish Spot Treatment, Paula’s Choice Skin Perfect 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

Daily Dose of Vitamin C

This ingredient can do wonders for your skin if applied correctly after cleansing the skin. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that combats and protects the skin from pollution, dirt, and other external aggressors. This ingredient will smooth out the skin tone, boost collagen production, and brighten the complexion. Any sun damage and discoloration from the summer months will be combated! Some popular choices at the moment are: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum by Kora Organics, Vitamin C Brightening Cleanser

Maintain and Improve Hydration

Hyaluronic Acid is now found in many products, and for good reason. This ingredient can hold up to one thousand times its own weight in moisture, so it does an impeccable job at hydrating the skin. This will be especially important during the months of winter, where both the weather and indoor centralized heating will dry out the skin profusely.  Try: Trilogy Hyaluronic Acid Booster Treatment; 111 Skin Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Booster; The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5., Hydr8 B5 Liquid Rehydration Serum

Niacinamide is well known for being tolerated by all skin types; anyone can reap the benefits of this pore-shrinking, hydrating, and protecting ingredient, which also improves any skin discolouration that could have happened during the warmer months!

Common favourites: Wishful Honey Balm Jelly Moisturiser; Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir; Glossier Super Pure Niacinamide + Zinc Serum.

Implement Retinol Into Your Routine

The upcoming lack of sun may not be considered good news, but it definitely has its perks when it comes to caring for your skin. Retinol (Vitamin A) is a well loved product by many; with benefits such as softening fine lines, tightening pores, improving texture, increasing collagen production, adjusting pigmentation, and prompting cell turnover, it comes to no surprise that this is a favourite amongst celebrities as well. The secret lies in building up the frequency of use and percentage of retinol used over time, so the skin has time to adjust and tolerate it. This ingredient makes skin more sensitive to sunlight, so it’s very well welcomed in the cooler months, although do not forget to include and SPC product into your daily routine. 

Celebrities love: 111SKIN Celestial Black Diamond Serum, COSMEDIX SERUM 16 RAPID RENEWAL SERUM,Shani Darden Skin Care Retinol Reform

Despite the extreme importance of providing your skin with what it needs to look and feel its best with these simple steps, make sure you do not neglect your hands during these dry months.  As they are often overlooked, try Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, an indulgent cream to keep your hands well moisturized and silky smooth!

For more details on skincare and available experts who can help you decide on exactly what autumn skincare routine is right for you, please contact your PA at Insignia.

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