With misty mornings and cooler temperatures, autumn brings a whole new set of challenges for skincare.
Here celebrity facialist Chelsee Lewis - who counts Gwynnie, Stella McCartney, Suki Waterhouse and Erin O’Connor as her clients - offers her top four tips for looking after your skin this autumn.
“Massage the face before bed to boost your micro circulation and detox the skin. This works wonders for puffiness, water retention and tired skin. The next morning your face should look more rested and with an added glow,” says Chelsea.
ICE, ICE BABY
“This is is one of my favourite tricks,” says Chelsee. “Fill the sink with cold water and ice, then splash your face 15-20 times to boost circulation before you apply your make-up. It will make the skin feel incredibly tight and works wonders for tired skin. “
BATHE WITH EPSOM SALTS
“This is the Supermodel’s favourite secret. Rich in magnesium sulphate it’s great for glowing skin, and also helps to ease tension and boost better sleep.”
MILK THISTLE AND VITAMIN C
“This is my go-to after a night out to restore tired, bloated skin.” says Chelsee. “Take one table of milk thistle and one 1000mg of vitamin C before or after alcohol. The vitamin C will help flush the booze out of your system, while the milk thistle protects and help detox the liver. It’s also an antioxidant, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.”
Hot weather, chlorinated swimming pools and salty sea water can all wreak havoc with your hair, resulting in dry lengths, damaged ends and dull, faded colour.
So, how do you keep your hair looking full, shiny and healthy during the warmest months of the year? A few small tweaks to you everyday routine can make all the difference.
UV rays can damage your hair as well as your skin. Investing in a hair protector that has UV filters has the same effect as sun cream, shielding the strands from harmful rays (which can break down the structure of your hair as well as fade any colour).
Try a hair mask
Just like hydrating yourself with a glass of water (or a cool G&T), using a hair mask puts moisture back into the hair giving it a new lease of life. It also helps weakened hair follicles to regain strength and elasticity, helping to avoid further sun damage.
Fight humidity with a hair serum
Rising temperatures can leave any hair type frizzy and fluffy, and a good hair serum is the fastest way to restore order. The best hair serums will work to smooth frizz while also adding shine, making your hair look as healthy as can be. What’s more, today’s best options come with a whole host of added benefits, from colour-protecting ingredients to nourishing actives and deep-hydrating extracts.
Don’t forget your scalp
Just like the skin on your face, your scalp can become dry and sensitive when it is exposed to the sun. You may even find your parting becomes pink and burnt if you leave it unprotected’. Like your skin, you should treat your scalp to some extra TLC in the summer, using products that specifically address your issues. For instance, applying a weekly soothing scalp mask in the summer is a great way to calm and moisturise your scalp. Daily hydrating scalp toners can also be very beneficial – a healthy scalp is key to hair growth.
Choose an sustainable brand
Sounds obvious, right? But it’s small steps like these that can make a big impact. Look for brands that use sustainable ingredients and thoughtful packaging.
Shop cruelty-free products that are against animal testing
Look for the bunny icon on products to ensure they have been made without hurting animals. Also try and buy beauty products that are recyclable.
Ditch the make-up wipes
Yes they are convenient but they’re seriously damaging to the environment - the plastic fibres in the wipes take over 100 years to biodegrade. Even cotton pads are wasteful but you can easily swap them for a flannel (which has an exfoliating effect too) or reusable cotton pads you can pop in the washing machine.
Buy multi-functional products to save on plastic
Invest in hybrid products that will save on packaging, waste and money. Even if a product isn’t branded as a multi-use product, get creative! A highlighter can easily double up as a shimmer eye shadow, and your blush can be used as a lipstick.
Make your own facemasks
DIY masks are a great eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative to splurging, and no matter what your beauty concern, there’s a quick and easy DIY fix. Check out Meghan Markle’s best friend Priyanka’s DIY skin masks here.
A new generation of moisturising, sustainable soaps are transforming our hair. And if you haven’t tried a shampoo bar before, here’s why you should…
As well as replacing single use plastic bottles, the latest shampoo bars are free from drying preservatives and harsh sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), making them kinder to your hair.
Lather and rinse like normal and your bar should last weeks longer than your usual bottle. With better products out there to choose from, it’s a great way to help save the planet - and look after your hair!
In place of chemicals, shampoo soap bars focus on nourishing oils and butters, like Funky Soap’s Babassu Oil Shampoo, £5.50, which pairs hydrating babassu oil with cocoa and shea butters to restore shine and improve lost elasticity.
If scent is key, Bain & Savon’s Zesty Orange Shampoo Bar, £5.50, is made with orange, grapefruit and lemongrass oil, while the lemon juice and green olives in Lush’s Montalbano Shampoo Bar, £7.50, will transport you to Sicily.
This is an extract of an article featured on Stylist.co.uk. To read the full article click here.
She’s one of the most famous models in the world, and looks just as beautiful now as she did when she started out in the 90s. Here Cindy Crawford reveals what she’s learnt about make up and skincare over the years.