Nicola Connolly of Nunaïa shows us how to transition your skincare routine from Summer to Autumn.
A fresh, cool breeze that lingers during a dimly lit morning. Leaves starting to fall and decorate the ground as the daylight reduces. Autumn is arriving.
It’s sad to say goodbye to summer, but autumn comes with its own unique beauty and is definitely one of our favourite seasons! While summer leaves our skin feeling more hydrated due to higher levels of humidity, Autumn can disturb our skin’s sensitive balance. Sudden temperature changes and drier air means our skin can become sensitised and dry and dehydrated.
Here are my top tips when it comes to caring for your skin as we transition into the autumn months.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Whether you like it or not, what you’re eating is having a direct impact on your skin. You can however use this to your advantage by consuming healthy whole foods like fruit, vegetables and seeds that are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. I tend to up my intake of leafy greens around this time and supplement with some essential fatty acids.
Skincare tip: Look for products that contain essential fatty acids like Nunaïa’s Nourishing Radiance Serum which contains avocado and chia to deeply nourish and help reduce redness and inflammation in the skin.
Practice Gentle and Effective Cleansing
Some cleansers and exfoliators can be particularly irritating and stripping to the skin. Your skin needs to retain as much moisture as possible during the autumn season,
Try and use a more nourishing, hydrating formulation when cleaning your face, so that your skin doesn’t become tight and stressed. Nunaia’s Superfood Cleansing Balm can be used as a regular cleanse, as part of a double cleanse routine, and as a hydrating facial mask, so it’s a real multi-tasker.
The new breed of clean beauty cleansers naturally and gently exfoliate the skin, remove dirt and makeup effectively, but don’t strip or disrupt your skin barrier. What’s not to love?
Your skin needs moisture and lots of it, especially if you already suffer with dry skin. It is a step that simply cannot be missed. After cleansing your face or having a shower, be sure to moisturise. As we come into Autumn I switch to a richer, hydrating moisturiser or body oil and apply it while my skin is damp to lock in hydration.
You can also try placing a bowl of water on the radiator in your bedroom (a DIY humidifier if you like!) as this will gently humidify the room while you sleep keeping your skin hydrated.
My ideal skin routine coming into this cooler season looks something like this:
- I create a space of ritual by lighting a candle and closing the door of my bathroom for a few minutes of peace. It’s my night-time ritual to help me prepare for sleep!
- I love to start with a gentle cleanse – I use Nunaïa’s Superfood Cleansing Balm as it calms my skin and lifts off unwanted dirt from the day without drying out my skin.
- Then If I have a little more time, I re-apply a thin layer of the balm to clean skin and leave for 20 minutes as a radiance-boosting face mask.
- My last step is to use a treatment serum – currently a Vitamin C serum to brighten my skin. Then the real ritual begins! I spend about 5 minutes following our Nunaïa ritual steps . This involves applying the Nourishing Radiance Serum through a gentle but targeted face massage. These few moments allows me to ease out any stress and tension in my jaw line and forehead and allows the product to penetrate into my skin. It’s one of the favourite parts of my day!
Nicola Connolly is the Founder of Nunaïa, a brand that creates moments of connection through their clean beauty rituals that restore skin health and bring greater calm and balance.
Nunaïa’s award-winning range boast the highest organic certifications and clean beauty credentials on the European market and are packed with superfood ingredients containing potent concentrations of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Superfood nutrition for the skin!
Ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced, directly from growers with the utmost integrity and a percentage of every product sold goes into the Nunaïa Community Fund which supports educational programs for girls and women in the communities where the ingredients are grown in the Amazon Rainforest and Andes Mountains of Peru.