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Transition Your Skincare From Summer To Autumn


The sun has set on summer and we are now enjoying all that autumn has to offer. Unfortunately, as the seasons change, so can your skin and the care it needs. 

With fall in full swing, it’s time to talk skin. Autumn brings cooler weather and a drop in humidity, which makes for dry, stale air and even drier skin. 

Improper nutrition, stress, dehydration, poor skin care and environmental factors like harsh weather and seasonal changes are all factors that can play havoc with the skin — and it is essential to adjust our skin care routines to accommodate for these changes.

Whatever your summer experience was, your skin will need some help to get ready for the colder weather and potentially recover from the harsh effects of lazy days in the summer sun. Whether it’s repairing dry skin or combating summer pigmentation, we have some tips to restore your skin to it best and to keep it hydrated for the months to come.

Speed up your skin renewal  

During the cooler months, our normal skin shedding process tends to slow down, which means our skin can become drier, rougher and develop a dull-looking appearance. Without exfoliating on a regular basis, dry flaky skin can accumulate which can lead to clogged pores. To speed up skin cell renewal and rejuvenate the skin around the face, neck and décolletage, we recommend microdermabrasion treatments that include physical exfoliation as well as an AHA cleanser.

These vital components will help to massage the skin, remove dead skin cells, and hydrate and stimulate collagen renewal.  In addition, exfoliation helps hydrating creams and serums to penetrate the skin better.  

For this, we recommend The Exfoliant, which is a Microdermabrasion Purifying Treatment, followed by The Cleanser, which is packed with fruit AHA’s and papaya enzymes to break down dead skin cells and encourage cell renewal. 

Autumn hydration 

In addition to changing up our daily skin care routine for autumn, we recommend trying a weekly hydrating face mask. Using our range you can create a blend called The Omega Scrub, which is a hydrating facial polish to be used once a week [day or night] to keep the skin bright and radiant. The blend is created by mixing The Serum [05] with The Exfoliant [01]. This provides a boost to your skin on a weekly basis and is also a great treatment to try when preparing for a big event. Simply apply a smooth film to a clean face and neck and leave on for a relaxing 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water to reveal a more luminous and nourished skin tone.

Because of the humidity and heat, summer months call for a clarifying cleanser to help balance the skin’s pH levels and deeply clean skin. However during autumn, switching to a richer cleanser will not only help preserve skin’s natural oils but will also hydrate skin.

Moisturisation is essential as the weather becomes cooler and dryer. From The Black Collection, we recommend  The Hydrophilic Cleanse [Cleansing Balm] to condition and soothe the skin.

Analyse changes

The most important thing to remember is that when the seasons change, so can your skin type. Your skin may be oily in summer, however as we move into autumn you might notice your skin turns more ‘normal’; or those with normal skin might notice their skin becoming dry.

Keep an eye on this; you may need to change your active skin care routine accordingly [and if you are unsure as to whether your skin needs a new regime, feel free to get in touch with us to see what skin care type you fall into — we’d love to help]. 

In addition to modifying your skin care rituals, it is crucial to take care of yourself from within. Always drink plenty of water and eat a well-balanced diet. The air can suck moisture right from your skin in the colder months. Stay hydrated to keep your skin beautiful.

~ Photography by David Urbanke

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Ethanol is a proven aid to preventing transmission of infectious agents and widely accepted as one of the most important infection control measures to prevent infectious disease transmission. The antimicrobial activity of ethanol can be attributed to its ability to denature and coagulate proteins. The microorganism’s cells are then lysed, and their cellular metabolism is disrupted. The activity is broad and immediate. Ethanol [the most common alcohol sanitising ingredient], appears to be the most effective against viruses.

D-Panthenol is the provitamin—a precursor, or substance that the body can convert into a specific vitamin—for B5. When panthenol is applied topically, it’s quickly converted into vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid. B5 binds to and holds water effectively, moisturising the skin and helping it maintain softness and elasticity. Panthenol has also been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect and to boost skin barrier function.


Vegetable Glyerin
Glycerin is hygroscopic — meaning it can draw moisture from the air around us and help keep that moisture in skin, thus minimising trans epidermal water loss [due to evaporation]. Research has shown that glycerin mimics what’s known as skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF), which is why it’s compatible with all skin types, of all ages. Replenishing skin’s NMF is important because it becomes depleted as we age, are subject to environmental exposure, and use irritating ingredients.

Sandalwood is very mild but still has a powerful effect on the skin. Due to its antiseptic properties it prevents rashes, heals itching and inflammation, cools and soothes skin and moisturises and tones the skin with mild astringent action. In aromatherapy, inhaling the aroma of sandalwood oil or absorbing it through the skin is thought to transmit messages to parts of the brain involved in controlling emotions, known as the limbic system. These messages are believed to affect both an emotional and physiological response.

Carrot Seed
The benefits of carrot seed oil include antifungal and antibacterial qualities, due to the bioflavonoids it contains. Rich in vitamins A, C, B1, B2 and various essential fatty acids, carrot seed is incredibly skin-repairing to dry and damaged skin. It also contains a large amount of vitamin E, which is great for adding and retaining moisture in the skin.


Patchouli Oil
Patchouli oil, which contains several mono- and sesquiterpenoids, alkaloids, and flavonoids, is thought to possess significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities.In fact, it is reputed to impart antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects, and is also known to protect the skin barrier function. Studies have found that patchouli oil exerts significant antibacterial activity against staphylococcus bacteria. Patchouli is commonly used in aromatherapy for its ability to calm depression. It encourages the release of serotonin and dopamine; two hormones which ease feelings of anger and anxiety.

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Clove Bud
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