When the leaves start turning from summer-loving green to 50 shades of brown and the sun makes way for rain, your skin and hair do a similar - albeit less picturesque - change up. Your sultry summer skin turns to a dried-out crinkle cut version; ditto your hair. And the record-breaking humidity that's set in across the country is only adding to our woes. But help is at hand - keep your locks lustrous, pigmentation at bay and visage a-glowing with the below basic weather-proofing hacks.
- 1. Keep your pigmentation plan in place
Just because the sun is set to low-fi wattage in the colder months doesn't mean your pigmentation will fade. Sun exposure is only one of the causes of pigmentation and it won't magically disappear once you're not soaking up the full blazing force. Continue your pigmentation treatment, whether it's regular facials, lasers or light therapy, as if it's still mid-summer. It'll keep your pigmentation plan on track and uneven skin tone on the path to flawless.
2. Up the exfoliation ante
Your skin can handle more exfoliation in the cooler seasons as it doesn't have added sensitivity from hot sun exposure, so up your exfoliation to two-to-three times per week. Or, if you want to take it next level, autumn is the prime time to get involved with a series of facial peels at your local beauty salon.
Try: Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, $51, aesop.com/au
- 3. Masque your hair
Autumn is the perfect time to prep your locks for the super dry-out of winter. Add a moisturising hair masque into your weekly wash and blow-out routine to seal in hydration and avoid the freezing frizz factor the cold brings.
Try: Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturising Masque, $55, aveda.com.au
- 4. Hair removal
Remember the Sex And the City scene where Miranda had a serious hirsute situation poking out of her bikini bottoms? Don't follow her lead; you never know when a mini vacay in sunny climes might be on the agenda. Book your hair removal appointment of choice, laser or wax, for A-level smoothness throughout the chill months.
5. A well-oiled bod
Keeping the skin on your body well oiled during the cooler months is always a good idea. Don't get to the oh-my-god-it's-flaking-off stage before taking action.
Try: Clinique Deep Comfort Body Oil, $64, clinique.com.au
- 6. Face it
Elevate your seasonal skincare routine with a full-face moisture mask. This weather-proofer is a no brainer: the air is dry, ergo your skin needs more moisture.
Try: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, $53, kiehls.com.au