As the mercury drops, beauty problems like dry skin, chapped lips and brittle hair start to cause a problem. But there are many ways to help autumn-proof your hair and skin. Let us get you excited for the colder months...
1. Use a silk pillowcase
This is a simple tip that really helps to avoid hair breakage and damage while you toss and turn during the night. There have also been claims that a silk pillowcase helps to minimise breakageage and prevent wrinkles, too, so you’ll be treating your hair and your skin.
Silk Slip pillow case, £85, Cult Beauty
2. Get your beauty sleep
Is your skin looking or feeling dry and tired? Make sure it gets a good dose of hydration by applying a serum at night and leaving it to do its thing. We're loving Estee Lauder's NEW Advanced Night Repair which contains innovative new ChronoluxTM Power Signal Technology that supports skin’s natural repair more effectively than ever. And for the first time, helps skin increase its natural renewal of fresh new cells and production of collagen for firmer skin. This absorbs fast as it works to reduce the look of multiple signs of ageing and helps protect skin from the environmental assaults of modern life. With daily use, lines appear reduced, skin feels firmer, pores appear minimised and skin looks more even-toned, younger, with a new bounce and vitality.
New Advanced Night Repair, from £60, Estée Lauder
3. Apply a nourishing hair mask
If your hair had too much sun exposure, or you have damaged or frizzy hair, apply an overnight treatment mask - it can be a game-changer. The Kerastase Chronologiste Masque is hydrating for both your hair and scalp thanks to added Hyaluronic Acid, which really works to lock in essential moisture, preventing excessive dryness while controlling frizz for a smoother, silkier look and feel. Think of it as an anti-ageing mask for your hair. What's more, the fragrance is made up of Musk, Light Woods and Tea Rose, so you’ll be left with an uplifting scent that lingers even after washing.
Kerastase Chronologiste Masque, £33.50, Look Fantastic
4. Apply a nourishing oil to your lips
Exfoliate your lips to get rid of any dead skin, and then apply a generous coat of your favourite lip balm. We love the classic Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream Nourishing Lip Balm, but you could also use almond oil before going to bed.
Elizabeth Arden Lip Care, £14.45, All Beauty
5. Put your eye cream in the fridge
Store your eye cream in the fridge overnight and apply it cool in the morning– the cooling effect works to de-puff and soothe early morning eye bags… It also helps to prolong the life of your (probably very expensive!) product, too. If you're looking for something new to try - Nuxe's new organic eye cream with Buckwheat extract protects the fragile eye contour area from oxidative stress, moisturises and corrects signs of fatigue. Fine lines are smoothed, and the puffiness and dark circles are visibly reduced. Warm the product between your fingertips and then apply to the eye contour area, starting with the lower eyelid and working from the centre outwards. Finish by tapping gently.
Nuxe Anti-Puffiness, Anti-Dark Circles Reviving Eye Care, £27, Look Fantastic
6. Apply tea tree oil
Do you suffer from breakouts in the colder months? It might be worth pre-empting blemishes by applying generous amounts of tea tree oil to problematic areas of your face and body before you go to sleep… It helps to dry out oily areas in a gentle way.
Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution, £13, The Body Shop
7. Drink water before bed
Drinking a large glass of water before bed helps to keep your skin hydrated throughout the night. De-hydrated skin is often the cause for full complexions, so give yourself a gorgeous glow by keeping topped up – it’s easy and doesn’t cost you a thing.
S'Well Bottle, £24.50, John Lewis
8. Look after your hands
Cold weather brings chilly hands and excessive hand washing leads to dry hands - not a good combination. Introducing NailKale Superfood Nail Oil Capsules by Nail's Inc. These perfectly portable capsules from Nails Inc. deliver just the right dose of nail, cuticle and hand care in one. Enriched with superpowered ingredients such as Jojoba oil, Vitamin F, Celery and Kale, with one application you'll notice how super hydrated and smooth your hands feel. Thanks to the celery extract and Kale, your nails will be stronger than ever.
NailKale Superfood Nail Oil Capsules, £20, Nail's Inc.
9. Boost your bath time routine
You can't beat a long soak in a hot bath when it's cold outside. And now more than ever, we're really amping up our self-care routine. Jo Malone London's Pomegranate Noir is an instant hit thanks to the ruby-rich juices of exotic pomegranate, spiked with pink pepper and laced with Casablanca lily. The Bath Oil is enriched with sweet almond, jojoba seed and avocado oils, which are natural conditioners that help soften and nourish the skin, while sublime fragrances fill the air and scent your skin.
Pomegranate Noir Bath Oil, £45, Jo Malone London
10. Get your glow on
You know how it is, you're feeling a little lacklustre once the summer days outside are over, but there's absolutely no reason why you can't have holiday skin all year round. We're excited about Isle of Paradise's Self Tanning Butter which is a richer version of your everyday moisturiser. The luxurious formulation hydrates and nourishes with a natural blend of coconut, eucalyptus and peppermint oils.
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Butter, £19.50, Look Fantastic
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