Autumn is here, and we’re swapping our Summer dresses for cashmere jumpers, choosing candlelit meals over alfresco dining, and generally preparing for the cooler days ahead. But what does this mean for our skin?
Sure, we have products to hydrate, soften and soothe skin as Winter arrives, but did you know that lifestyle choices can also contribute to healthy complexions? Spending time in heated indoor environments, opting for carb-heavy comfort food, and wrapping up in heavy, synthetic fabrics can all wreak havoc on your skin. Thankfully, we’re here to guide you. Read on for simple seasonal switch-ups that will keep skin in check as the temperature drops.
1. Banish the central-heating blues
Whether at home or in the office, cooler weather encourages us to turn up the thermostat. But, should we avoid the temptation? Central heating systems steal moisture from your skin, which can leave it feeling dry, chapped and tender. Instead, put on another layer for that extra warmth.
TIP: To combat the effects of central heating, keep a hand cream and lip balm next to your desk for immediate relief.
2. Wrap up right
Synthetic fibres could be the reason behind your itchy, irritated skin. Choosing to fill your wardrobe with natural fabrics, will both beat the chill and keep skin feeling comfortable. We recommend super-soft cashmere for daytime, while breathable cotton is perfect night-time attire.
TIP: When Winter truly sets in, it is important not to over-expose skin to the moisture-sapping elements. Carrying a pair of gloves and a scarf with you will help protect your hands, neck and décolletage from those harsh conditions.
3. Cold-weather comfort eating
Comfort food and chilly temperatures go hand-in-hand. But, did you know that diets high in refined carbs can leave us at risk of acne outbreaks? To avoid diet-related blemishes, swap white bread, pasta and potatoes for slower release carbs, such as brown rice, pulses and oats; our brand new Le Creuset saucepan is perfect for quick-and-easy porridge.
TIP: Here at The White Company, we are advocates of tasting the season. Autumn calls for the introduction of pumpkin seeds and squash to our daily dishes. In need of some recipe inspiration? Take a read of our Spiced Roast Squash blog post.
4. Hydration, hydration, hydration
We may be hidden under layers, but it is just as important in Autumn as it is in Summer to keep your body well hydrated. Drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day will help skin retain moisture for that smoother, plumper feel. Why not place a carafe of water next to your bed to quench thirst during the night?
TIP: As well as keeping our bodies hydrated from the inside, investing in a good moisturiser is key. After a bath or shower, gently pat (never rub) yourself dry and apply a moisture-rich lotion, leaving five minutes for the product to fully absorb.
5. Bedtime routine
It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep does wonders for our skin. After a Summer of hot, restless nights, Autumn is the perfect chance to catch up on some much-needed slumber. If you suffer from night-time chills, and your Winter duvet isn’t keeping you cosy, invest in a pair of our bestselling cashmere socks.
TIP: Nothing beats a long relaxing shower before bed to help you unwind. To help your body retain its moisture, try turning the temperature down slightly, as showering in very hot water can strip skin of its natural oils, leaving your body feeling tight.