“Time to reset your skincare routine in time for the new season”
The start of the new season often brings about so many things to look forward to -- new beginnings, new experiences, (new assignments to procrastinate). Just like we take this opportunity to finally swap out our ‘cool and breezy’ linens for thicker sweaters and fluffy fleece jackets, it’s also a time to re-imagine and revamp our skin care routine to accommodate for the change in cooler temperature. Your skins needs can constantly shift throughout the year and finding your perfect balance is the secret to getting that #glassskin & #glowfromwithin.
So that is why we have brought to you some of our team’s top picks that we know you’ll love for this Autumn. From gentle hydrating cleansers to our most nourishing moisturisers, girl we’ve got your whole Autumn 2021 skincare routine covered.
“Cleansing is Still Key”
Although we might start to find our skin feeling a bit dry, it still is important to make sure we are cleansing our face from the build of makeup, sunscreen and dirt built up from our day of facing the world. We might often opt out of a cleanser from fear that it will be wayyyy too stripping to our skin barrier but that can often lead us to other issues such as congestion and break outs. That’s why we’ve brought to you our favourite gentle and hydrating cleansers starting with:
A gentle gel pH balanced cleanser perfect for morning and night
This cleanser transforms from a lightweight gel to a beautifully rich foam just using water, leaving you with a cleansed yet hydrated feeling. It features some K-Beauty Cult favourite ingredients such as Centella Asiatica Extract (Cica) for calming down inflammation, Royal Jelly Extract for its antibacterial effect and Allantoin for skin softening and protection.
Team Top Tip 1
“This cleanser is perfect for use as your second cleanse in the double cleansing method. It’s gentle enough as to not compromise your skin barrier but still features coconut based surfactants to give your skin a good cleanse. After your 1st cleanse, apply while skin is still wet and massage for 60 seconds.”
A treatment cleanser to boost hydration into the skin
Another gel to foam cleanser which is super gentle, except this one has snail secretion filtrate. This works like as a humectant, like hyaluronic acid, to draw in water and boost the effects of your other products. Snail mucin also has amazing regenerative and healing properties so this cleanser would be perfect for someone who experiences stubborn breakouts that leave post inflammatory pigmentation. Follow this up with your other favourites from the Advance Snail Line such as the Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence for a boost of added hydration.
“Exfoliate and Let Your Skin Shine”
As the weather cools down and your skin gets drier, it’s even more important to make sure that you’re staying on top of your exfoliation. Clearing up all your dead skill cells not only helps to prevent any congestion or breakouts but it also helps all your other products penetrate deeper into the skin. That being said here are our picks:
An exfoliating toner that helps to treat flaky skin, clogged pores and breakouts
This mist type toner uses a combination of naturally sourced AHA and BHA, such as the Willow Bark Water and the Apple Fruit Water in combination with the Glycolic Acid and Betaine Salicylate to help renew the skin from the superficial level and to unclog pores as well.
Team Top Tip 2
“Although it says to saturate the mist onto a cotton pad that can honestly be a bit wasteful as you are spraying so much product and also using so many cotton pads. Try instead spraying the solution directly into your palms, pat that in whilst gently tapping the skin and continue with the rest of your routine.”
A toning pad that helps shrink enlarged pores while retexturizing the skin
These pads take the toner and cotton pad step and combine it into one. Having two sides (textured and smooth) gives you the option of really getting some light physical exfoliation, particularly around the nose and in between the brows. With the ABPL complex (AHA, BHA, PHA and LHA) and green tea extract, it has a powerhouse of ingredients that exfoliate, hydrate and deeply replenish the skin. It’s got 70 pads which can you can easily stretch to 6 months to a year’s worth of gentle but effective pore tightening goodness.
Team Top Tip 3
“Try putting these in the fridge so that you can receive an added cooling effect when you apply it, which can definitely help to depuff any swelling.”
“Tone It Up!”
Although not a completely necessary part of your routine, a toner can be a very nourishing step to add some hydration or active ingredients. They are versatile, you can use them to cleanse your face in the morning and prep your skin with a cotton pad. They help to balance the pH of your skin and although most Western brands carry astringent toners, K-beauty brands tend to be focused on hydrating which makes them perfect for layering.
A non-irritating toner that rejuvenates and restores the skin
This toner is made for literally everyone and it does it all! The perfect toner to layer, cleanse with a cotton pad (see the Dear, Klairs cotton pads), helps to hydrate and even deals with hyperpigmentation. With ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract and Liquorice Root Extract this no frills toner will give you exactly what you need; helping to support the rest of your routine.
Team Top Tip 4
“Using the Dear, Klairs Toner Mate 2 in 1 Cotton Pads you can actually create a DIY face mask, soak the pads in with the product and apply onto your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to increase hydration.”
A deeply hydrating serum that soothes the skin
This is a hyaluronic serum but with the added benefits of calming down inflammation and redness with the combination Panthenol, Betaine and Ceramides.
Team Top Tip 5
“Make sure to always follow up exfoliation with this product as that's when the serum will penetrate even deeper into the skin. I’ve always found that it helps to even further plump up the skin and help the skin tolerate the exfoliation.”
A creamy barrier repair cream that delivers a silky finish
This rice cream is the perfect transitionary product for the changing seasons, it has a rather luxurious texture, lightweight but deeply nourishing. It has the lightest rice fragrance just from the 41% Rice Bran Ceramide which honestly makes it smell so delicious I want to eat it. The Shea Butter, Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramide Complex all make this the perfect choice for the colder months, for oiler skin I would be aware that it could be a little too rich. A little definitely goes a long way with this product.
An antioxidant rich facial oil to lock in all your products as a final step
An oil as the occlusive product is perfect as the last layer to any routine, and this Marula oil from Dr Belmeur is not exception. Not only is Marula Oil rich in antioxidants, but it is also highly concentrated in omega 6 and 9 to hydrate, nourish and replenish the skin.
Team Top Tip 6
“Not only can this product be used on the face but it can also be used on the nails to promote healthy nail growth and in your hair to help with any frizz. Apply a 1-2 drops into your foundation to give yourself a natural glow.”