How to get your best skin ever this autumn

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Just as we change our clothes in autumn, we need to change our skincare too.

Cooler, wetter weather can mean dry skin without its usual summer glow.

Here's what to invest in to keep your skin looking great this autumn.

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Nurture your skin through the seasons, with products just right for the cooler months. Photo: Activeskin.



If your skin is on the dry side, a harsh cleanser can make you feel as if it's stripping your skin during the cooler months.

Avoid anything with sodium lauryl sulfate, a stripping ingredient.

Instead, opt for a milk or cream cleanser that hydrates while it cleans.

We love Trilogy Very Gentle Cleansing Cream, $35.95, designed to calm and protect your skin barrier, while cleaning your face gently.

A brown pump action bottle of Trilogy Very Gentle Cleansing Cream, $35.95, against a white background.


Autumn is the time for chemical, rather than physical exfoliation, as it won't tear the skin barrier and is less likely to cause inflammation.

A good AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) is an effective way of keeping dead, dull skin at bay.

Skinstitut EXPERT Refine AHA Glycolic Toner, $59, is a great option.

It's formulated with green tea, witch hazel, and calming aloe vera, and works to brighten, balance and resurface skin, without leaving it sore.

A purple bottle of Skinstitut EXPERT Refine AHA Glycolic Toner, $59,


A dry face makes it difficult to absorb skincare effectively, which is why a facial mist can be a great idea, particularly in the cooler months when you need all the help you can get.

Kora Organics Balancing Rose Mist, $42, smells beautiful and is designed to give your skin antioxidant protection.

It's suitable for normal and dry skin types.

A pink spray bottle of Kora Organics Balancing Rose Mist, $42

Hyaluronic acid

Hydration is key as the weather gets cooler.

Dehydrated skin can happen quickly when exposed to winds, heating and warmer showers.

Hyaluronic acid is a great way to keep skin plump and hydrated, as it retains moisture and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Alpha-H Hyaluronic 8 Super Serum with PrimalHyal Ultrafiller, $79.95, is an oil-free serum that contains several hydrating ingredients, as well as different types of hyaluronic acid to target multiple layers of the skin.

A white dropper bottle of Alpha-H Hyaluronic 8 Super Serum with PrimalHyal Ultrafiller, $79.95 against a white background


If you're not using retinol, autumn is a good time to start.

Retinol increases cell turnover and improves pigmentation, but can make skin more sensitive in the sun - so the cooler months are a great opportunity to introduce it in to your routine.

Make sure you start with a 0.5% formula to ease your skin in gently.

The SkinCeuticals Pure Retinol 0.5, $111, is a good introduction.

It's suitable for most skin types and first-time retinol users.

A white tube with black applicator for SkinCeuticals Pure Retinol 0.5, $111


A good moisturiser can lock in the extra hydration you're giving your skin, and also work towards repairing a damaged skin barrier.

Moisturisers that contain ceramides or lipids can often give this extra layer of protection to your skin.

ASAP Advanced Hydrating Moisturiser, $63.75, contains ceramides, as well as Vitamin E, and sweet almond oil, which is nourishing and soothing.

A silver spray tube of ASAP Advanced Hydrating Moisturiser, $63.75


Don't think you don't need SPF just because it's not blazing hot.

Your skin can be damaged by UV rays all year round, so don't let this part of your skincare routine slide in autumn and winter.

Try Ultraceuticals SunActive SPF 50+ Face Cream, $55, which is beautifully lightweight and sits nicely under makeup.

A tube of Ultraceuticals SunActive SPF 50+ Face Cream, $55,

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