As a sucker for summer, I’m sad to be saying farewell to August hello to Autumn.
However, even my sunshine loving self can admit there are benefits of frosty fall! Alongside fuzzy socks, pumpkin spice lattes, cozy jumpers and digging out your battered Modern Renaissance palette to create some autumnal looks, there’s also the mandatory September skincare switch-up!
Although flaky lips and dry skin doesn’t sound fun, it’s a great excuse to buy new products- and desperately trying to convince yourself, (and your bank account,) that it’s a good idea…
Seriously though, these products are worth the splurge, for skin that looks healthy, hydrated and sun kissed whatever the weather.
So without further ado, here are my cruelty free autumn skincare essentials:
- Facial Oil/Serum
Despite the dread you will feel in your heart when you see the price of these highly coveted facial oils, your skin will thank you! Not only this, but they last forever. Trust me- a little goes a long way, (you don’t want to deliberately make yourself look like my natural skin: a greasy oil slick.)
Now, I know a lot of you get posh when it comes to pores, however if you compare the ingredients in cheap facial oils, they almost always match that of higher end brands (such as Solar Oil.) Try some from B. Cosmetics or Superdrug’s own brand! (This is not sponsored, but I’m down for that if you are Superdrug & B!…I wish)
However my favorite facial oil for dry skin days, or days when I just want a healthy and natural glow, I use Liz Earle’s Night Oil.
It works wonders for my acne prone, oily skin- and doesn’t cause me to break out, which is a small miracle!
2. A Hydrating Toner
This is an absolute essential! Although I use Lush’s Tea Tree Toner all year round (as it keeps my acne and naturally occurring oils under control,) it can be drying- which is not what you want in the colder season of Autumn.
Due to this, I double tone- using a few spritz’s of Tea Tree toner, alongside the- you guessed it- Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray. Despite it’s immense hype, it’s definitely not undeserved. This natural and hydrating toner is the product equivalent of a nice bath and a glass of wine for your skin, and the only hangover you get is amazingly glowing, healthy skin! I definitely recommend it, and for the price of £7 from Urban Outfitters, you really can’t go wrong.
In addition, my travel-sized spritz is a Liz Earle mini toner that I got with my, (amazing,) hot cloth cleanser- which I rave about Here. However, you will have to buy the Christmas set to get the mini size. Sorry guys!
3. A Hydrating Face Mask
If you know me, you know I can’t go without a face mask! As soon as I peel off this Purifying Superdrug Hydrating Cucumber Face Mask, I feel like I’m unveiling a new pampered princess.
Personally, I have every single one of these cheap but inexpensive masks and I love them! Unlike my deep sea mud mask, this one doesn’t suck everything out of your face (only the nasty stuff). I find my face feeling refreshed, cooled, clean and hydrated. The perfect combo for our icy UK weather.
Another favorite face mask of mine is REN’S Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. Although it’s 10 times the price of the Superdrug mask, it is laced with fancy foreign ingredients, and gives your skin a sun-like glow, which is perfect for a season where there is none! It’s great for if, like me, you have acne scars- as it helps fade them with active ingredients. It smells lovely, although quote overpowering, and it isn’t explicitly stated as hydrating- it definitely isn’t drying. I definitely just shoved this in here as an excuse to rave about this product… But I had to! It truly is amazing. REN Skincare is so underrated.
Also seen below is the well-known REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial, which is basically a shot of goodness and hydration for your face (AKA the amazing miracle worker, Vitamin C!) It gives an amazing glow Check it out Here.
4. Body Oil & Lip Balm
Last but not least, Palmer’s Body Oil. Personally, I don’t suffer from dry skin. I just weirdly like having shiny legs, which is harder for me to achieve as I don’t shave them. However, it is originally designed to re-hydrate thirsty skin. It is an amazing formula of organically and ethically sourced oils such as coconut, monoi and almond oil. It is paraben free, with no phthalates, mineral oil, gluten, sulfates or dyes! It is a lovely family owned business too! It smells great, gives an amazing shine. I love this company, you really can’t go wrong with it!
Their body oil isn’t their only great product. They do an amazing Cocoa Butter Lip Balm which is replenishing, hydrating, and smells so good you could eat it!
That concludes today’s post, but before I go I want to say a huge sorry for not posting for a long while! I have had an unbelievable amount of school work and exams to do, but I am now ready for regular posting. I promise!
Thanks again for sticking with me,