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Keeping Skin Glowing Through Fall

The dark mornings and evenings have set in, the heating is being turned on, and the leaves are starting to cover the ground and I could not be *happier*. I love autumn and everything that comes along with it but there's one thing that always happens at this time of the year that I could 100% live without and that's dull skin. My skin's condition has never been great, but during the colder months I have to not only battle my normal oily/acne issues, but I have to fight dry patches springing up because of the cold wind and air sucking the hydration out of me and also how lack-lustre it looks. It seems that the shorter daylight days and the cold weather sap the life and glow out of my skin which is a mare when you've just gotten the glow from summer. So I thought I'd throw this wee post together to talk through some products that I feel really help to keep skin looking fresh, happy, and glowing as the cold air starts to set in.

Skincare has become the biggie for me. Years ago I didn't "get it" but now it's the most important part of my whole morning routine. If you can nourish your skin from the foundations and work your way up, then it will always look 10x better whether you're a makeup wearer or someone who goes barefaced most days. My first step is obviously cleansing. I was relatively happy using my regular cleanser every morning and night but since each day is getting colder, I've needed a nice exfoliant now and again. My favourite for this is the Boots Botanics All Bright Purifying Face Scrub (£2.5o | 75 ml). For the longest time I kept exfoliating scrubs at a distance because I thought they did more harm than good but sometimes your skin just needs a good scrub to buff away any dryness or dead skin cells to help the healthy skin shine through. Despite this being an exfoliating scrub with beads, I find it very gentle to use. I use it after cleansing 2-3 times a week and I do think it works. It has a pleasant smell, the beads aren't too abrasive or scratchy on the skin, but my skin still looks noticeably smoother and softer after I've dried my face. It also has helped with the texture of any break outs which has been a big bonus for me since I stopped wearing foundation.

Keeping with the Boots Botanics All Bright range, the next thing I need to mention is the Radiance Balm (£2.5o | 5o ml). This stuff is *glow* in a squeezy bottle. I don't use this all the time, but if my skin is looking particularly tired or drained (I'm pretty pale but some days I look really pale, the kind of pale grey shade that makes people think you're poorly) and this sorts that right out. Whilst I can't comment on the moisturiser from the All Bright range as I haven't used it, the balm is a nice extra step on top of my usual moisturiser of choice. I apply a pea sized amount to my whole face and gives my face a nice glow/shimmer that isn't chunky or *too* glittery. I then apply a primer and concealer where I need it, but this gives my skin such a healthy look. It's lovely to wear as a base because makeup sits on top of it really well if you don't like using a primer, and I haven't found it to make me break out or cause any excess oil which is fab. It claims to be suitable for all skin types and I really think it helps to lock in hydration from your moisturiser whilst also creating the illusion of a good nights sleep. Winner.

Products for Glowing SkinProducts for Glowing Skin

My final skincare must for that healthy skin look (despite the freezing weather) is definitely The Body Shop's Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist (£9.5o | 1oo ml). You can use this as a base after doing your skincare or as a fixing/setting spray once you're all finished. I tend to reserve this spray for days when my skin needs a little TLC and I need more hydration than normal so autumn usually fits into that category. Although this mist spray isn't necessarily a setting spray and as it's hydrating, it's not the usual "mattifying" kind I reach for, I find it really helps lock your makeup in for a few more hours than if you wear nothing and it really does keep your makeup and your skin looking fresh. If I'm going through any particular dry skin patch moments, I've also tried adding this as a final step in my evening skincare routine and slept with it on and it hasn't blocked my pores, only given my skin a little bit of a boost in clarity and hydration. It's also a nice alternative for those of you who use a damp beauty blender or sponge for your foundation application. Give your sponge a couple of spritzes of this instead and it will help give you some extra radiance whilst also keeping that makeup in place all day.

Another little glowing product I tend to use only now and again but I really think works is the L'Oréal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer Base (£9.99). This wee bottle creates a gorgeous highlight or full face glow depending on how much glow you want and how you use it. If I'm not using the Botanics radiance balm and I am actually wearing foundation, this stuff is great to mix in with foundation to just give you a subtle glow. If you really need a hand with the healthy skin glow, you can absolutely whack this straight onto the face as an all-over primer but I personally find it too discoball and it would suit dry skin types best so it's not a good look for me. I do love applying this to the apples of my cheeks/my cheek bones though to give my highlight an extra pop if I need to and again, foundation glides on on top of it really nicely so it does create a lovely base.

Boots Botanics All Bright Range

Now, although I'm no longer wearing foundation on a daily basis, if there was one I had to choose to get a nice healthy look from it would be the L'Oréal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation (£14.99) without a doubt. I didn't think I would like this when I first bought it but I honestly love it now. It has buildable coverage but never looks heavy and it let's things like your freckles and natural complexion shine through a little bit which I personally like. Although it's not the best choice for oily skin, I don't mind having to blot more often when wearing this because it gives my skin such a natural nice appearance and wears really well. As I mentioned before, my skin can actually get a little dry when the weather changes and it can definitely need some life and colour injected back into it so I know if I'm having one of those days or I'm going out for a special occasion, this will be the foundation I reach for.

So I may be skipping foundation in my daily makeup routine but one thing I can't deal without is concealer. Having blemishes and big dark grey/purple circles under my eyes is something I like to disguise as best I can and nothing has been doing that more effectively than Seventeen's Skin WOW! Concealer (£4.99). This clicky concealer pen is heaven sent for dark under eyes. The drugstore's answer to the YSL Touche Eclat pen, Seventeen's is a fraction of the price and does the job just as well (I actually prefer the coverage and finish of the Seventeen offering too!). I tend to apply a heavier concealer first to really minimise the purple/greys of my skin showing through, but I always finish off concealing my bags with this pen because it gives my under eye area such a lovely health injection. It is glowy without being glittery or shimmering, and it can make my often tired, creased, and sometimes dry under eyes a really healthy, well rested look. It creates the illusion of plumper skin too so my eyes never look *as* tired as they do pre-concealer application. At £4.99, it's a fab little lack-lustre obliterator.

What are some products you would recommend for keeping skin radiant and healthy through the cold windy months of autumn/fall?

- A.
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