Autumn is a time of change. The weather changes, nature changes, fashion changes and even our skin changes.

With just a few simple steps, we can help combat any issues which tend to arise this time of year.

With a change in the elements, our most common skin complaints in Autumn are dryness, flakiness, irritation, sensitivity, redness, dull and lacklustre skin as well as pigmentation and premature ageing from the previous summer months.

The single most common mistake made this time of year is people’s flippant attitude towards sun protection. UVA and UVB rays are damaging 365 days a year. The lack of sun does not warrant the lack of SPF. It’s simply imperative three hundred and sixty-five days a year.

Similarly, good moisture protective is a must. You will most likely find that the moisturiser you used through the summer will not be sufficient. You will know this from the tight feeling you get when you use it. Step up to the next level of hydration with your moisturiser to perfectly hydrate and protect.

Another thing to consider is the introduction of a serum, which you would wear under your moisturiser. This is a great time of year to add a serum to your daily skincare routine, particularly one which contains vitamin C. A good vitamin C serum, worn under your moisturiser will help in many ways; its will assist in hydration, collagen production, fine lines and wrinkles, fighting free radicals and improving the overall tone and texture of the skin. With daily use, the skin is strengthened, protected, smooth and more plump.

Pucker up! Like clockwork, my lips become dry and a little flaky this time of year. Lipsticks and lip glosses are great aesthetically but this time of your our lips are crying out for a drink. Quench their thirst with a hydrating lip balm enriched with natural oils and vitamins.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; drink plenty of water. H2O is essential in the functioning of a healthy body. I know it’s not quite as inviting this time of year but aim to drink at least eight to ten glasses of water a day. This will keep your skin hydrated and help avoid dryness, irritated, itchy or inflamed skin. Try to cut down on caffeinated drinks. That first cup of coffee in the morning is allowed, to help get your body functioning, but regular consumption throughout the day will only strip your skin of its natural moisture content and result in dry, dehydrated skin. For every cup of coffee (of caffeinated drink) you consume during the day, guzzle an additional couple of glasses of water to help counter balance the effects.

The skin on our body also craves moisture content, particularly this time of year. You should regularly self-nurture by body brushing, exfoliating and moisturising on a regular basis.

Are you a fan of hot baths or showers during the colder months? Did you know that’s hot baths and showers strip the body of its natural oils. Choose a shower gel with added oils such as almond oil or sesame oil. You can also add these oils to you bath water. Another great tip is to add milk to your bath water. The addition of milk will help restore oil balance to the skin, leaving it feel soft and moisturised. If it was good enough for Cleopatra its good enough for me!

After a long hot summer of running around barefoot or wearing open-backed shoes, our feet tend to be in fierce need of a pedicure this time of year. Don’t just cover them up and put it off till next summer. Book yourself in for a pedicure or carry out your own treatment at home. Be sure to pay particular attention to cracked heels and hard skin by using a foot file or pumice stone, foot scrub and a deeply moisturising cream or balm.

Now is really the time to commence your course of chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser or IPL skin rejuvenation treatments or simply an intense course of regular facials. For the next while concentrate on repairing and restoring the skin. Rebalance, nurture and nourish, to ensure your skin both looks and feels at it’s best from season to season. It’s easier to avoid the harsh sunlight this time of year which makes a perfect time to carry out any advanced skin treatments. Furthermore a Vitamin C serum or any vitamin c product for that matter will enhance the effects of such treatments, aiding in cell renewal and cell regeneration, thus plumping and firming the skin.

Lastly, don’t forget you may need to change your foundation shade. Even though we do our best to avoid the sun’s harmful rays during the summer months, we tend to have a slightly darker colour during this time. Many opt for weekly or fortnightly spray tans during the summer months but not so much during the Autumn or winter months. For this reason, you may need to choose a shade lighter when choosing your foundation. This is of course unless you are a year round spray tanning queen, like myself!

So don’t delay; start today to repair, strengthen and protect from head to toe. Decide what you need to do, what products you need to purchase and use, what treatment’s (be it home treatments or in salon treatments) you need to carry out and get to it! Times is ticking and before you know it, summer will be upon us again and your skin just won’t be ready for what lies ahead.