The sun may have settled on summer, but there’s still lots to look forward to. Gone are the casual, beach tousled, sun bleached looks of summer and we up our glamour game. Clothes ooze a touch of sparkle and we all have our eye on the new ‘must have’ stylish coats. Those amazing autumn colours are everywhere to be seen and our social calendars are building up.
Beauty wise you may find the changing season brings its own special mix of highs and lows. You may be able to disguise a bad hair day under a stylish hat, but blustery weather and the turning on of central heating systems can pile the demands up on your skin.
And so, with this in mind, Jade Xie, owner of the Secret Oasis Spa (SOS), takes you though her top autumn beauty tips, so you can ensure your regime will cope with whatever the new season throws at you.
Tip 1: Dry skin? Up your daily routine
The drop in temperature and more inclement weather can have a big effect on skin. Add to that the drying properties of a central heating system and soon your skin with be crying out for some TLC.
If the skin on your face is feeling particularly dry it could be time to change your skincare routine. Make sure you are exfoliating dead skin cells away effectively and using a quality moisturiser. You will still need a day cream with a decent SPF as the risk of sun damage can still be high – especially if that longed for ‘Indian summer’ does appear.
Jade from SOS says, “I’d advise exfoliating at least twice a week, along with swapping your day and night cream for something richer and longer lasting. Your skincare demands change throughout the year, so you may find that the face creams that helped you thrive through summer, may not be cutting it as the autumn draws in.”
“We always recommend Elemis and Environ products. Both rely on clinically proven technology, and use the highest quality natural ingredients. You can buy Environ and Elemis products in salon too, so don’t forget to check out our stock and special offers the next time you pop in.”
And don’t ignore your lips either. It doesn’t matter how much your skin is glowing if chapped lips ruin the look. Invest in a good quality, natural lip balm to soothe cracked and sore lips.
Tip 2: Give yourself a boost with a facial
If your skin is feeling particularly dry, dull and lacklustre, you may need to invest in a professional facial to help bring back a radiant complexion. Not only will a skilled therapist be able to advise on the right type of facial for you, but they will know the best course of action for any problems the change in season presents.
Jade continued, “At this time of year we see skin present with a range of issues such as dehydration. I’d say my two favourite facials to boost hydration levels would be Environ’s HydraBoost Treatment or the Elemis Superfood Pro Radiance facial.”
The Elemis Superfood Pro-Radiance (Modern Skin) facial is a great choice for those wanting to re-energise skin. It provides a nutritional boost rich in superfoods and essential minerals designed to pack stressed, dull skin with energising, detoxifying actives. It’s also proven in independent clinical trials to leave skin plumper, radiant and lit up with good health.
Environ’s HydraBoost Treatment also offers the perfect antidote to dry, lacklustre skin. It’s an intensive treatment that deeply hydrates while plumping and firming the skin. Based on hyaluronic acid, which holds 1000 times its own weight in water, it helps to reduce fine lines caused by dehydration and increase the plumpness of the dermis, resulting in moisturised, glowing skin.
For men too, there’s the High Performance Skin Energiser facial that targets ageing, dehydrated skin and tired eyes. It maximises cell regeneration, while decongesting skin and boosting circulation.
Check out our range of facials here.
Tip 3: Hands and nails need TLC too
Unfortunately cold air equals dry hands and brittle nails. “If you have not invested in a heavy duty hand and nail cream, it is time to do so now.” Says Jade. “Like our faces, our hands are often exposed to the cold and so are particularly susceptible to drying out.”
You may have also noticed that your nails have stopped growing as fast as they did over the summer. To avoid any damage when removing old Shellac polish always ensure you go for a professional shellac soak-off treatment – it’s the perfect way to remove old polish and will keep your nails as healthy as possible.
“If you normally only go for a basic manicure, the beginning of autumn is a great time to upgrade your manicure to one which also includes a hand treatment. For instance our Luxury Spa Manicure includes hand exfoliation and a luxurious hand and arm massage to ensure your hands look as good as your nails. Even if you only do it as an occasional treat, it can still help to give your skin the boost it deserves.”
Check out our range of manicures and pedicures here.
And if you have any questions on our range of treatments to help combat the change of season, either pop into the salon at no.765 Fulham Road, London SW6 5HA, email us at email@example.com or give us a call on 020 7371 5118.