Yes, we might well be in the middle of a bank holiday weekend that’s turned out to be an unexpected scorcher but that doesn’t change the facts—the end of August is rapidly approaching and, with it, the final days of summer. I’ve made no secret of the fact that hot weather and I are not compatible so I’m not-so-secretly gleeful at the thought of replacing my sandals with ankle boots and returning my cosiest knits to the heart of my wardrobe.
But while we’re already obsessing over the best autumn/winter fashion trends, there’s one seasonal switch that most of us are less clued-up about—our beauty routines. Yep, just like you switch up your wardrobe for the arrival of cooler climes, there are certain changes that we can all make to our skincare, makeup and haircare to help us transition into autumn with ease.
From swapping out lightweight skin tints (my summer base product of choice) for full-on foundations to prepping my hair for the onslaught of central heating and drizzly weather by switching my favourite air-dry products for nourishing treatment masks, there are certain steps that I take every year to prepare my beauty stash for autumn’s arrival.
Keep scrolling to discover the 6 product swaps that I’ll be making next season and to shop all of the very best autumn beauty products.
While most people remember to reach for it during the summer months, SPF is important all year round—so I won’t be switching this product out entirely. Instead, I’ll be opting for one that also contains blue light protection too. After all, during autumn and winter I’ll be spending way more time at home in front of my laptop and mobile and all of that screen time can be doing your skin more harm than good. In fact, just like UV rays, blue light can penetrate all the way down into the dermis of your skin to weaken your natural collagen and elastin—eventually causing a lack of firmness and elasticity in the skin.
Luckily, plenty of new SPF products contain blue light shields so your skin will be protected against the sun while you’re outside and your Netflix binges when you’re inside.
When choosing a cleanser, it’s important to consider two things—your skin type (obviously) and the time of year. Why? Well, while I love lightweight, gel cleansers during summer—when I’m generally wearing less makeup and want something to refresh and de-slick my complexion—come autumn I want something that’s going to offer a little more hydration, exfoliation and elbow grease for removing the heavier makeup that I often gravitate towards.
Enter: balm cleansers. With a richer texture than gels and creams, there’s something so luxurious to me about cleansing with a balm. They tend to be oil-based (although oil-free options do exist) and many leave behind a comforting layer of product on your skin which really helps to protect and soothe the complexion during colder weather.
Blow-drying my hair has to be my most-dreaded of beauty rituals so I take full advantage of warm weather season to channel my inner Jennifer Aniston and leave my hair to air-dry more often than not. However, once autumn hits there is no way that I’m going to be lounging around my drafty living room with wet hair. So, it’s time to put away those texturising air-dry products and replace them with the one product that all hair stylists want us to start using—heat protection sprays.
If I can find formulas that speed up the blow-drying process as well as protect my hair from the effects of heat styling then that’s always a bonus.
Even in the summer, my hair guzzles conditioner like I drink water. But when autumn hits, my usual weekly formulas just don’t cut it anymore. Between central heating, overcrowded tube journeys and getting blown all the way to the office in the wind and rain, my hair seeks something even more hydrating when the season changes.
Which is why I tend to swap out my usual conditioner in favour of a weekly hair mask. Yes, they can be a little more time consuming—generally you’ll have to sit with one on for about 10 minutes to reap the strand-swishing benefits—but my hair always looks and feels so much healthier after investing the time.
This summer has undoubtedly been the season of the barely-there base. I’ve been forgoing my usual foundations for tinted moisturisers, skin tints and lightweight layers but there have been a whole host of new foundation drops recently that are just begging for me to wear them in autumn.
Plus, there’s something about the seasons changing that always makes my skin breakout—so, if I’m being totally honest, I’ll be opting for a heavier base to disguise breakouts.
I love wearing highlighter all year round but it can look a little much during the summer months when the sun shines on your skin. In autumn, however, the gloomy weather means that I literally double up on the amount of highlighter that I wear to give my skin some life.
Generally, I’ll apply a cream or liquid highlighter and then layer a powder formula on top to increase longevity but these ones look beautiful worn alone if you’re not as extra as me.