Seven Simple Tips for Natural Skincare on Your Autumn Break
Summer is on the wane and we’re facing dark and dreary evenings ahead. With the school holidays over, flights and hotel costs become more reasonable, so many people are now thinking about taking an autumn break to the sunshine. If you’re lucky enough to be heading off somewhere warm this autumn, you may want to think about natural skincare to help you look as fresh as possible your trip to the sunshine. Whilst the warm weather is lovely, you do need to take care to avoid the sun having a negative impact on your skin:
Whilst the warm weather is lovely, you do need to take care to avoid the sun having a negative impact on your skin:
- An increase in heat or muggy humidity causes our bodies to sweat. Dirt and pollution from the air can stick to sweat and clog pores, triggering breakouts of spots and pimples
- Allergies to pollen and pollution can cause eczema to flare up and worsen
- The need to apply sunscreens that can make skin feel sticky can trigger or worsen skin problems
- Rich, creamy food – such as those lovely, cooling ice creams – can contribute to annoying outbreaks of spots and pimples.
By following our natural skin care tips below, you can combat the negative impact the summer had on your complexions and get on with enjoying the delights of your autumn getaway!
- Wear light, loose and breathable clothing
Wearing natural, tightly woven fabrics in light colours will keep you comfortable, protect your skin and reflect the light. Avoid synthetic, man-made fabrics like polyester and nylon as these materials don’t allow moisture to effectively evaporate, causing irritation and discomfort to your skin and allowing the bacteria that can lead to spots to breed freely.
- Stay in the shade
Seek out shaded areas and stay out of direct sunlight to prevent harmful UVA and UVB rays from damaging your skin. Shaded areas will also be cooler, reducing the need for your body to cool itself by sweating.
- Choose a sunscreen that allows your skin to breathe
Sunscreen is vital to protecting your skin from skin cancers and premature ageing caused by the sun’s rays. Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours and after you take a dip in the sea or pool to maintain your protection. Look for the term ‘non-comedogenic’ on your sunscreen, as this means it won’t clog your pores and allows skin to breathe.
- Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid refined, processed carbohydrates
Eating a broad range of fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates and lean proteins is the foundation of a healthy diet. Research from the US shows that restricting your intake of refined, processed carbohydrates and dairy products is good for complexion, as well as your general health.
- Drink lots of water
Keeping hydrated is more of a challenge in the summer because the heat causes us to lose more water than usual through sweat. Indulging in exotic cocktails on the beach is very appealing, but it is important to remember that alcoholic drinks will dehydrate you. Water essential to regulating your body temperature and keeping your body’s systems functioning efficiently, so it’s best not to overdo the alcohol, or to have at least two glasses of water for every alcoholic drink
- Get plenty of sleep
Sleep is an essential component of natural skin care. A lack of sleep can have a significantly adverse effect on our general health increasing the risk of developing illnesses like diabetes or heart disease and also mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Sleep deprivation, even just for one night, can have a have a real impact on skin too, causing you to be more prone to the premature signs of ageing and increasing the likelihood of breakouts.
- Use a herbal skin care remedy for natural skincare
Try a herbal skin care remedy as part of your natural skincare routine. Look for a herbal medicine such as HRI Clear Complexion that contains the traditional medicines Blue Flag, a natural remedy used to reduce inflammation, and Burdock Root, an effective anti-bacterial used to alleviate skin complaints.
Make sure you always choose a herbal remedy marked with the THR logo. This is your assurance of safety compliance awarded by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the UK’s regulatory body for herbal medicines.
Follow these seven natural skin care tips will help to ensure that your skin doesn’t cause you any problems so that you can enjoy the last of the sunshine to the full.
For more natural skincare ideas, watch our video on soothing stressed skin from within.
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