Autumn Skincare 101

Deputy Fashion Editor, Sophie Malone shares her advice on how to keep your skin in tip-top condition this autumn.

Cosy dark evenings, bright orange leaves scattered on the footpaths, autumn is officially here! While I love the reappearance of dark lippy, pumpkin spiced lattes and everything else this wonderful time of year brings, the temperature drop doesn’t do many favours for our skin. Not to worry though, putting in place a simple go-to skincare routine will keep your skin on top and ready for all the festivities this time of year presents us with. While I would love to list particular products we could all use, we all have different skin types which require different products. Figuring out your own skin type is the first step you will need to take on your skincare journey.

There are four major skin types; dry skin, oily skin, normal skin and sensitive skin.

Dry skin: Skin may feel tight occasionally (especially after cleansing). It soaks up moisturisers quickly and can flake under makeup.

Oily skin: Skin has a shine, mainly around t-zone area. Visible pores and prone to breakouts.

Normal skin: Skin does not tend to flake or shine. Generally, a clear complexion with little problems regarding pores and breakouts.

Sensitive skin: Skin is easily irritated by products. Redness is common.

Don’t worry if you find yourself falling into a few of these categories, lots of people have combination skin.

Cleansing. First thing in the morning, and before you go to bed, you should make sure your face has been cleansed. Regardless of skin type, the one product I will recommend to everyone for cleansing is a cleanse-off mitt. The fibres used in the material of this cloth are designed to get right into your pores and thoroughly clean your face. You can pick one up in most chemists or online. The best one I have found is by the Skin Nerd by Jennifer Rock who claims to “provide an eco-friendly and skin-respectful alternative to the evil villain that is the facial wipe.” Using a cleanser designed for your skin type and a cleanse-off-mitt morning and evening will keep your skin clean and prevent breakouts.

Cleanse-off Mitt, €5.95,  www.theskinnerd.com.

Moisturising. After you cleanse it is important to rehydrate your skin with a moisturiser. The colder temperature can really irritate dry and sensitive skin by drying it out and causing redness. La Roche-Posay offer a great range of intense moisturisers for dry skin types and are renowned for being extra sensitive.

SPF. A lot of moisturisers and makeup nowadays will have an SPF of some factor but if yours hasn’t then you will need to buy one separately. Sure, our sunny summer days are behind us, but UV rays are present all year round and are the main cause of ageing. Daily use of an SPF is the best way to slow down ageing.

Getting into a habit of cleansing and moisturising every morning and evening is half the battle but now and then your skin does need that extra something. Depending on your skin type, you will need to exfoliate every one to two weeks. This removes the dead skin cells allowing you to take better care of the fresh skin underneath. After exfoliating is a great time for a face mask. There is an endless amount of choice when it comes to facemasks, from clay to cream to sheet masks. Personally, I like to pump in some moisture to my exfoliated skin with a good sheet mask. You can pick these up for less than €2 in Penneys!

Skincare does not have to be a hugely expensive. There are some really great quality cheaper brands out there. Of course, if you want to splash out you can spend lots on higher end brands but it’s important to know it is not necessary. If you are just starting out on skincare and want to get some great products that won’t break the bank, my favourite brand to recommend to you is La Roche-Posay. It caters for all skin types and I find the prices very fair.  Their website is very helpful with determining what products best suit your own individual skin type.