The seasons changing from hot, sticky summer to autumn can be a wonderful thing. It’s the season to swap out ice creams for steaming pumpkin spice lattes and roasted chestnuts. Instead of having barbecues in the sunshine, experiencing the great outdoors is all about hiking in the cooler weather and enjoying the colourful foliage. Where you used to feel the sand of the beach between your toes, now it’s bright red maple leaves that crunch satisfyingly under your feet.
Yes, autumn is filled with beauty. But do you feel your most beautiful when the same air that dries the leaves on the ground, dries out your skin, too? Or when the sweat-proof makeup routine you relied on all summer suddenly feels heavy and cakey? Just like nature, our bodies go through changes that mirror the seasons. When the weather shifts, your skin needs a whole new routine to help with the adjustment.
That’s why we’ve identified some common skin concerns that crop up in the fall season, so you know exactly what your skin needs to be just as healthy and fresh as it was in the summer.
Stay hydrated, stay moisturised
As the humidity drops, there’s suddenly less moisture in the air for your skin to absorb. This can lead to dry, cracked skin, breakouts as dead skin clogs your pores, and flare-ups of conditions like rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis.
Hydrate your skin from the inside out by drinking plenty of water and warming herbal teas. Choose a richer moisturiser, and apply it after washing while your skin is still a little damp. This helps your skin retain the hydration it needs.
Try MUKOOMI Hemp CBD Face Cream for a light yet thick moisturiser that suits all skin types. CBD helps calm inflammation and redness, along with the soothing quality of chamomile. Tiger grass repairs your skin’s natural barrier from the damage caused by harsh winds and dry weather.
Layers aren’t just a fashion trend for fall. They’re also the best way to apply your skincare products. When you start with the lightest formula first - think water-based serums and toners - they sink easily into the skin. Then heavier moisturisers lock in the benefits and hydration. Allow a couple of minutes for each product to penetrate and act on your skin before going in with the next one.
For a simple routine, start with a clean face and dab on MUKOOMI Hemp CBD Hydrating Facial Toner. It contains snow mushroom, a super-effective humectant that draws water deep into your skin. Follow up with MUKOOMI Hemp CBD Skin Serum, a light oil-based formula loaded with nourishing vitamin E. Finish up by massaging in some MUKOOMI Hemp CBD Face Cream, which has skin-plumping resveratrol.
Don’t forget the delicate under eye area! Dryness around the eyes can soon lead to fine lines. Use your ring finger to gently tap MUKOOMI Hemp CBD Eye Serum all around your eyes. CBD drains away puffiness and fatigue, while snow mushroom boosts the skin’s natural collagen.
If you have particularly dry skin, you can seal your skincare with a few drops of MUKOOMI Hemp CBD Oil, made with 100% organic CBD in pure cold-pressed hemp seed oil. CBD and hemp seed oil both balance out your skin’s natural sebum production, so it doesn’t get too oily or too dry. Hemp seed oil is full of nutritious fatty acids that feed your skin. Find out more about the skincare benefits of hemp seed oil and of CBD.
Clean out your cabinet
A seasonal change can be a great opportunity to do some cleansing and clearing. No, we’re not talking about buying a new face wash - at least, not until you take stock of your bathroom cabinet. If you do a spring clean of your house, why not try a fall clean-up for all the products you might have amassed over the course of the year?
Instead of feeling a sense of chaos and anxiety whenever you look at your overwhelming collection of jars and tubes, get your skincare back to self-care. Discard your empties and make it a point to use up all your almost-finished products first.
It can be hard to throw away products just because they didn’t work for you. After all, you’ve spent time and hard-earned money to buy them, and for a conscious consumer, it seems like a shame to waste them. The good news is, most cleansers and moisturisers can easily be repurposed and put to good use. Unless you’ve had an adverse reaction - in which case, you should definitely sacrifice that bottle of lotion - you can use them on your body.
Exfoliants work wonders on your elbows and knees, face creams transform into hand creams, and oils can be rubbed into your cuticles or smooth flyaway hairs. As for cleansers, try them out as shaving gels and to wash makeup tools.
If you want to strip down your skincare routine to the basics, the MUKOOMI Hemp CBD skincare line has got you covered. A minimal range of simple and effective products is all you need for happy skin and de-cluttered shelves.
Make friends with OCM
In summer, a regular face wash doesn’t leave you as squeaky-clean as you might like. However, when your skin is already suffering from the impact of dry weather, it can leave your face feeling stripped and tight. Enter the OCM, or oil cleansing method: a two-step cleansing process that leaves your skin cleaner than ever while maintaining its moisture levels. OCM cleans and preps your skin for the products to follow, and yet is less dehydrating than just plain face wash.
First, you use an oil to dissolve any makeup, dirt, and pollution residue on your face. Popular choices include micellar water, olive oil, and coconut oil. MUKOOMI Hemp CBD Oil is a great option for sensitive and acne-prone users, because hemp seed oil doesn’t clog pores or cause excess oiliness. CBD is gentle and calming on the skin. Follow up with your favourite face wash, massaging in circular motions to remove all those oil-soluble impurities.
Scrub your cares away
Even if you heap on the creams and lotions, an excess of dead skin creates an outer film that blocks new skin from absorbing all that goodness, leaving you with peeling, ashy skin no matter how much you moisturise. A good scrub can stop flaky skin in its tracks, sloughing away the dead skin cells that form so quickly in the fall season. Yet your summer exfoliants, designed to tackle sweat and oil, might not be the best choice. Over-exfoliating can aggravate and damage dry skin, since it’s not as resilient.
Gentle chemical exfoliants made up of lower concentrations of AHAs or BHAs get rid of the dead skin layer without being too rough. If you prefer physical scrubs, especially for your body, try an easy DIY sugar scrub. Sugar dissolves quickly, so it doesn’t cause micro-tears and abrasions like harder exfoliants. And sugar is a good humectant, meaning it binds water to your skin - perfect for restoring hydration.
Pick a beneficial base oil such as melted cocoa butter or sweet almond oil. Add a dropper or two of MUKOOMI CBD Hemp Oil for an extra dose of skin superfoods. Stir in brown sugar until you have a smooth paste, and add a few drops of essential oils if you like. Store in a sanitised jar for up to two weeks.
This luxurious scrub will perk up your shower and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Still, it’s best not to exfoliate too often; two to three times a week is sufficient for most people.
Say yes to SPF
It can be tempting to put away your sunscreen when you see the bright days of summer disappear. There’s no more risk of sunburns on the beach, and the cloudy skies don’t look like a threat to your skin. Don’t be fooled, though; UV rays can still do a number on your skin when the sun fades into fall.
Sun damage accumulates over time, and although you might not notice any dark spots or peeling skin today, they can creep up on you. Exposure to UV rays causes premature signs of ageing, as well as increasing the risk of skin cancer. Use at least one product with SPF 30 in your morning routine - whether it’s a moisturiser, foundation, or sunscreen.
Keep your cool
When the weather turns chill, it’s one of life’s most simple and delicious pleasures to step into a steaming hot bath. Add a few candles for that fancy-spa feel, or a fun bath bomb for your inner child. While you should absolutely enjoy your bubbles, we’re sad to have to burst one as well: too much hot water is not the best thing for your skin.
Soaking in hot baths and taking too many hot showers can badly dehydrate your skin. Of course, we would never tell you to give them up altogether - but for the sake of your skin, be mindful of how often you’re using super-steamy water, and for how long.
Drink plenty of water before and after, or if you like, even during your bath to stay hydrated. Instead of foamy bubble baths and bath salts that can strip the skin, try a bath oil. Towel off by gently patting your skin dry, and immediately follow up with a moisturising skincare routine.
Living close to nature means recognising that your skin is a part of it. As the world around you goes through a transformation, remember that your skin is dealing with changes, too. These might manifest as breakouts, rashes, dry flakes, or dullness - so give your skin time, patience, and some extra love and care.
To help your skin find its balance from the inside out, take a few drops of MUKOOMI Hemp CBD Oil each morning and evening. Besides the benefits of hemp seed oil as a skin supplement, CBD restores your body’s equilibrium and calms your mind. It’s an all-natural therapy for you and your skin.