“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”— Yoko Ono
Lovers of Bees Brilliance are located all over the world (our lucky UK fans can even locate us at Holland & Barrett too!) – and so as we all begin to prepare to get our coats in or out of the closet once more, here are our favourite skincare tips for surviving the change of season once more.
Summer – Autumn/Winter
With the change of seasons, the humidity and air temperature of Summer often makes our skin oiler. This can be a great reprieve for those of us with drier skin but can lead to more break-outs if your skin tends to be naturally on the oiler side. The cooler months can also lead to flakiness, particularly if you’re prone to eczema or psoriasis. You’ll want to begin looking for products that are more hydrating than light-weight and really focus on repairing the damage that may have been caused by the sun (although that will be minimal because we all know by now to SPF every single day right? :)). Autumn and Winter don’t necessitate differences in a routine so really our recommendations can be utilised for 6 months without too much thought. Bonus!!
Step 1: Cleanse
Depending on your skin type, cleansing shouldn’t need to change too much across seasons. We’d recommend looking at heading towards creamier/richer formulations but if you’re like me and struggle with hormonal acne, then stick to your loyal non-stripping cleanser. Leave the richer options for the following steps. You can also add a natural exfoliant into this step to help buff away any stubborn dry patches.
The trusty organic cotton flannel is always a favourite here – particularly in the evening when you want to open your pores up and perhaps remove make-up, SPF and/or pollution from the day. Double cleanse if you don’t feel like you got it all off the first time, just make sure you don’t rub your skin or use anything abrasive.
Bonus Tip: Jojoba or coconut oil is actually fantastic as a first cleanse and then you can just use your usual cleanser to remove the excess oil.
Step 2: Eye Treatment
This is something that shouldn’t change month to month – if you are over 20, we’d recommend investing in a lovely, rich eye cream. Apply a very small amount to your ring fingers and press lightly underneath and around your eyes (I add it to my eyelid, up to my brow too, just for good measure).
Step 3: Serum
Hydration is key when we’re heading into the colder seasons, so make sure you’re using a really soothing serum to really up the ante of your following cleaners. This is also the time to add your preferred Vitamin C serum into the mix as well. Feel free to layer different serums, waiting for them to dry in-between.
Step 4: Moisturise
Always use a moisturiser after you’ve cleansed and serumed (I think I may have invented a word there..), you’ll be locking in all that delicious hydration. Much like your cleanser, we’d recommend angling towards richer and creamier formulations but if you find yourself breaking-out, head for a lighter version.
Step 5: SPF
SPF in the morning – no matter what season it is – just because you’re less likely to burn your skin, doesn’t mean you’re not letting the Sun damage your face.
As soon as Spring has sprung, you’ll need to make some changes to your usual routines. Your skin is going to need more protection from the harsher Sun and it’s bound to make you sweatier and oilier. Hurrah! If you’re going to the beach often, remember to SPF regularly and opt for showering afterwards to remove the excess salt (it’ll dry you out) and reapplying a light-weight moisturiser.
Step 1: Cleanser
Look for changing up your richer cleansers for lighter options. As always, if you have drier skin naturally, don’t head to the other spectrum for acne sufferers – gets something slightly more lightweight and listen to what your skin is telling you. Don’t fix what ain’t necessarily broken if your skin begins to react badly to a new cleanser. So whilst we recommend leaning towards lighter formulas, check-in with what works for you.
Step 2: Eye Treatment
Over 20? Buy a high-quality eye cream, dab it on with your ring finger and sleep well, knowing you have invested in your future skin. Use all year round.
Step 3: Serum
In the warmer months, you’ll spend more time outside which will make your skin produce more sebum. Oddly enough, natural oils often work really well in combating this issue. Look for something simple; Manuka Honey is also fantastic for deep hydration. Choose your priority few serums and layer them (waiting for them to dry between each application).
Step 4: Moisturiser
Shiny skin is an issue for many of us as the humidity increases, which is why it makes sense to switch to a lightweight moisturiser. Your skin doesn’t need as much moisture when you’re warm and excess moisture can create unwanted break-outs.
Step 5: SPF
The sun is out even in Autumn and Winter, a light SPF is a must, to protect your skin.