Ultimate Autumn Skin Care Guide: Top Tips, Skin Treatments and Products for Dry Skin

Key Takeaways: Nourishing Autumn Skin

  • Understand why skin tends to dry out in the cooler, less humid autumn months.

  • Discover the best moisturising practices to combat autumn dryness, including what ingredients to look for.

  • Learn about the importance of exfoliation and how to do it gently to avoid damaging sensitive skin.

  • Explore lifestyle changes that can improve your skin’s health and resilience during the autumn season.

  • Know when it’s time to seek professional advice and consider booking a complimentary skin consultation.

Why Does Skin Get Dry in Autumn?

As the weather starts to cool down, your skin might start sending out an SOS. Cooler temperatures and lower humidity levels can strip your skin of its natural moisture, leading to that all-too-familiar dryness and flakiness. But why does this happen? Well, the drop in humidity outdoors and the warm, dry air from heaters indoors work together to sap the moisture right out of your skin. It’s like a double-whammy against your skin’s natural barrier.

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Temperature and Humidity Effects on Skin

Think of your skin as a shield. It’s there to protect you from the elements. But when autumn arrives, that shield can start to weaken. The cool air doesn’t hold as much moisture as warm air does, so there’s less humidity to help keep your skin hydrated. And that’s not all—when you step inside to warm up, indoor heating further dries out the air, which can leave your skin feeling as parched as autumn leaves.

The Impact of Indoor Heat on Your Skin’s Moisture Barrier

Indoor heat isn’t just cozy—it’s also quite dry. Your skin’s moisture barrier, which is made up of oils and cells that hold in hydration, can get disrupted by this arid environment. This can lead to increased sensitivity, irritation, and even conditions like eczema if your skin is prone to it. To keep your skin happy during autumn, it’s crucial to give it a little extra TLC and hydration.

Protecting Your Skin Barrier

Strengthening and repairing your skin barrier is crucial for optimal skin health, especially during the transition to autumn. Incorporating products that support barrier function, such as vitamin B serums and hydrating formulas enriched with hyaluronic acid and ceramides, can help fortify your skin’s natural defenses.

Recommended Products: Vitamin B award-winning 13% niacinamide serum to strengthen skin barrier and Recover Balm

Moisturising: Your First Line of Defence

When the battle against dry skin begins, your first ally is a good moisturiser. It’s not just about slapping on any cream, though—you need the right one to shield your skin from autumn’s drying effects. Let’s explore how to pick the best moisturiser and use it effectively.

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Choosing the Right Moisturiser for Cooler Weather

As temperatures drop, consider switching to a richer, more hydrating moisturiser. Lightweight lotions might have been great for summer, but now it’s time for something that can really lock in moisture. Look for creams with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or ceramides—these ingredients are like a drink of water for your skin.

Ingredients to Look for in Autumn Skin Care

Here are some skin-loving ingredients that should be in your autumn arsenal:

  • Hyaluronic Acid: It’s a hydration hero that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water.

  • Glycerin: A humectant that draws moisture into the skin, keeping it plump and soft.

  • Ceramides: Lipids that reinforce your skin’s natural barrier and help retain moisture.

Application Tips for Maximum Absorption

Applying your moisturiser right after a shower or bath can trap that extra moisture on your skin. Don’t forget to apply to areas that tend to get extra dry, like elbows and knees. Gently massage it in using upward strokes to boost circulation and absorption.

Exfoliation: Shedding the Summer Skin

Summer might be over, but your skin might still be holding on to remnants of it. Dead skin cells can accumulate, making your skin look dull and making it harder for moisturisers to do their job. That’s where exfoliation comes in—it’s like helping your skin turn over a new leaf, quite literally.

Recommended Product: Dermiotic Pre-serum elixir with prebiotic / postbiotic microbiome complex

The Importance of Removing Dead Skin Cells

Exfoliation clears the way for fresh, new cells and allows your skincare products to penetrate deeper. But be gentle—over-exfoliating can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to more dryness. Aim to exfoliate just once or twice a week with a mild product that won’t irritate your skin.

Stay tuned for more detailed tips on how to nourish your skin this autumn and remember, if you’re ever in doubt about your skin care routine or need personalised advice, don’t hesitate to book a complimentary skin consultation with a professional. They can help tailor a skincare routine that’s just right for you.

Safe Exfoliation Practices for Sensitive Skin

For those of us with sensitive skin, exfoliation might sound a bit scary. The key is to be gentle and choose the right method. Physical exfoliants with large, rough particles are a no-go—they can cause micro-tears in the skin. Instead, opt for a soft washcloth or a mild exfoliating cleanser with fine particles. Chemical exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) can also be skin-friendly, but always do a patch test first to ensure they don’t cause irritation.

Most importantly, listen to your skin. If it starts to feel raw or looks red and irritated, give it a break. Over-exfoliation can damage your skin’s protective barrier, making dryness and sensitivity worse. So, if you’re not sure how often to exfoliate, start with once a week and adjust based on how your skin responds.

Remember, exfoliation should leave your skin feeling smooth and refreshed, not sore or inflamed. If you find your skin is struggling with the products you’re using, it might be time to seek out professional advice. We can provide personalised recommendations for your unique skin needs.

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Lifestyle Adjustments for Autumn Skin Health

While topical treatments are important, don’t overlook the impact of your overall lifestyle on skin health. As we transition into autumn, certain adjustments can make all the difference in maintaining supple, hydrated skin.

First, consider the air in your home. Using a humidifier can add the much-needed moisture back into the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Also, try to limit long, hot showers, as they can strip the skin of its natural oils. Instead, go for shorter, lukewarm showers and always moisturise immediately afterward.

Diet and Hydration’s Role in Skin Health

A balanced diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fish, nuts, and seeds, can help maintain your skin’s natural oil barrier. Hydration is also crucial; drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps to keep your skin cells plump and healthy. Don’t forget about fruits and vegetables high in water content, like cucumbers and watermelon, which can contribute to your overall fluid intake.

Antioxidant-rich foods, like berries and leafy greens, can protect your skin from the inside out by fighting free radicals that contribute to skin ageing. Supplements like vitamin E and vitamin C can also support skin health, but it’s best to consult with a healthcare provider before adding any new supplements to your routine.

Because your skin reflects your overall health, a well-rounded approach to wellness can lead to visible improvements in your skin’s appearance and resilience. Discover how to restore your skin microbiome for better skin health.

Example: Incorporating a smoothie with spinach, flaxseed, and blueberries into your morning routine can provide a burst of antioxidants and hydration to start your day off with skin-supportive nutrition.

Healthy Habits to Protect Your Skin During Autumn

Aside from diet and hydration, regular exercise can increase blood flow, which helps to nourish skin cells and keep them vital. Sleep is another critical component; it’s during those precious hours of rest that your skin repairs itself. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to give your skin the best chance at rejuvenation.

Sun Protection Isn’t Just for Summer

Just because the temperature drops, doesn’t mean the sun’s rays are any less harmful. UVA rays, which contribute to premature ageing and skin cancer, are just as strong in the autumn months. So, don’t put away your sunscreen just yet.

Apply our very own Illume Daily Defence SPF30+ (available to purchase in clinic) on exposed skin every day, even when it’s cloudy. Besides that, wearing protective clothing and seeking shade during peak sunlight hours can further shield your skin. To ensure your skin remains healthy, consider following a 3-step barrier repair skincare routine as part of your daily regimen.

Most importantly, if you notice any new or changing spots on your skin, get them checked by a professional. Early detection is key in addressing skin concerns effectively.

  • Use sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days.

  • Wear hats and long sleeves when spending extended time outdoors.

  • Seek shade during peak UV radiation hours, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

If you’re looking for more personalised advice on sun protection or how to care for your skin this autumn, consider booking a complimentary skin consultation with a skincare expert.

Protecting Your Hands and Lips: Special Consideration Areas

When we talk about autumn skin care, we can’t forget about our hands and lips—these areas are especially vulnerable to dryness and require extra care.

Intensive Care for Hands

Our hands often show the first signs of dry autumn air. To keep them soft and supple, use a rich hand cream after washing and before bed. For an extra boost, apply a thick layer of hand cream and wear cotton gloves overnight. This creates an occlusive barrier, allowing the moisturiser to penetrate deeply while you sleep.

  • Choose a hand cream with ingredients like shea butter or glycerin.

  • Reapply hand cream after washing your hands.

  • For a deep treatment, use cotton gloves overnight with your hand cream.

Recommended Products: HyDrolock and De-Stress

By taking these steps, you can help prevent the cracking and chapping that often come with cooler weather.

And remember, if your hands are in need of more than just a good hand cream, or if you’re experiencing persistent dryness, redness, or irritation, don’t hesitate to reach out to a skin care professional. Booking a consultation can provide you with the targeted treatments and advice needed for your specific skin concerns.

Chapped Lips – Prevention and Treatment

Your lips don’t have oil glands like the rest of your skin, so they’re more susceptible to drying out as the weather gets colder. To keep them smooth, use a lip balm that contains beeswax or petroleum to create a protective barrier against the harsh elements. If your lips are already chapped, avoid flavoured or fragranced lip products as they can irritate your lips further.

For an added boost of hydration, apply a honey or aloe vera-based lip treatment before bed. These natural ingredients can help soothe and repair your lips overnight. And during the day, make sure to reapply your lip balm regularly, especially before going outside.

Weekly Skin Care Routine for Autumn

Establishing a consistent weekly skincare routine can help manage autumn dryness effectively. Here’s a sample calendar to guide you, including Laser Genesis benefits for your skin care therapy.

Monday: Start the week with gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells. For an in-depth guide, check out our 3-step guide to glowing skin.

Wednesday: Midweek, apply a hydrating serum containing hyaluronic acid.

Friday: End the week with a nourishing face mask to deeply moisturise.

Everyday: Cleanse, moisturise, and apply sunscreen in the morning; cleanse and apply a richer night cream before bed.

When to Seek Professional Skincare Advice

If you’ve tried adjusting your skincare routine for autumn and you’re still experiencing dryness, redness, or irritation, it might be time to seek professional help. Skin conditions like eczema or rosacea can flare up during this time, and a skincare professional can provide targeted treatments and advice.

Booking a complimentary skin consultation can also help you learn more about your skin type and the specific care it needs during the cooler months. This personalised approach can be especially helpful if you’re unsure about the products or practices that are right for you.


How Often Should I Moisturizse in the Autumn?

In autumn, you should moisturise at least twice a day—once in the morning and once at night. If your skin is particularly dry, consider adding a midday application or using a heavier cream at night. Always moisturise after showering or washing your face to lock in moisture.

Are Oil-Based or Water-Based Moisturisers Better for Dry Autumn Skin?

  • Oil-based moisturisers are great for very dry or mature skin, as they provide a heavier layer of moisture.

  • Water-based moisturisers are lighter and can be beneficial for combination or oily skin types that still need hydration.

  • For most skin types in autumn, a balance of both oil and water-based ingredients offers optimal hydration.

Choose a product that suits your skin’s needs and feels comfortable throughout the day.

Can I Continue to Use My Summer Skincare Products in the Autumn?

While some summer skincare products can transition into autumn, others might not provide enough hydration as the weather changes. For instance, a light summer lotion may need to be replaced with a thicker cream. However, products like broad-spectrum sunscreen should remain a staple in your routine year-round.

It’s also important to reassess your use of exfoliants and retinoids, as your skin might become more sensitive to these products in the drier autumn air.

Example: If you loved using a gel-based moisturiser in the summer, you might find that switching to a cream-based one with ceramides and fatty acids helps combat autumn dryness more effectively.

What Dietary Changes Can Help With Dry Skin?

Incorporating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds, can help improve your skin’s lipid barrier, leading to better moisture retention. Additionally, foods high in vitamins A, C, and E can support skin health and hydration.

Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration can exacerbate skin dryness, so keeping well-hydrated is essential for maintaining healthy skin.

Why is Sun Protection Important Even in Autumn?

UVA and UVB rays are present all year round and can cause skin damage even when it’s cloudy or cool outside. Sun damage can lead to dryness, premature aging, and increase the risk of skin cancer. Therefore, applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is crucial, even in the autumn months.

Additionally, consider wearing protective clothing and accessories, such as hats and sunglasses, to shield your skin from the sun’s rays.

Protecting your skin from the sun is a key part of any skincare routine, regardless of the season.