My Autumn Skin Care – 5 Fall Essentials (Natural, low waste and vegan)
I love this time of year. I associate Autumn with gentle introspection and self-nurturing. To me, it is the season to slow down and look inward, to start winding down our busy minds and bodies to better let all the beautiful things accomplished in Spring and Summer resonate within us. It is like cooling down towards the end of a particularly invigorating yoga session and preparing our bodies to thoroughly enjoy the blissful and healing power of Shavasana.
I find that trying to align our own little rituals with the seasons allows us to be more mindful, more conscious. It helps to make me feel grounded, connected to the rhythm of nature. And I also think that Fall is the perfect time to start this kind of practice if you are completely new to it, precisely because its very nature gently pushes us to embrace self-care.
As our skin is the natural barrier that separates us from the elements, I like to think that we need to support it in ways that will allows it to let all the naturally nourishing elements permeate us while shielding us from the ones we don’t need.
So here are a few of my Fall Skin Essentials
1. Lots of water and herbal tea
I know, I know, you’ve heard it absolutely everywhere. But it’s true! If I go even a few hours without adequate amounts of water I can immediately feel it on the inside, and my also very quickly shows signs of dehydration. Where is shows first for me is the lips and, more strangely, on my finger tips, which can start to become a little wrinkly! Everything goes back to normal as soon as I hydrate myself properly again but what I mean is that it really doesn’t take much to experience some symptoms of dehydration.
Water is the only truly necessary beverage, but I also like to feel like I’m giving my body a little bonus is the form of supporting plants that Mother Nature so kindly provides. Nettle, for instance, is full of silica, which is known to help your skin stay plump, but also to support bone and joint health. Green tea, being full of antioxidants, is also great and has the added bonus of providing a slight energy bust which can be useful. Calendula is good for the lymphatic system and for digestion, and keeping these systems functioning optimally also ensures better looking skin. I also enjoy rooibos tea year round. It really tastes delicious with a splash of oat milk and full of antioxidants that help promote the production of healthy skin cells.
2. Autumn Face Mist
While on the subject of tea, know that these herbs can also be combined to create the most luxurious face mist or toner. I like to steep green tea and a little spearmint for a morning toner to help you wake up and feel ready for the day ahead thanks to some refreshing energy. And for the evening, I opt for rose, chamomile and lavender along with oats (yes, the kind you’d use for oat meal!). It provides extra moisture and nutrition and feels so gentle!
3. Oatmeal Scrub
And oats are, in my opinion, truly a cure-all when it comes to the skin. Blended into a fine flour along with a little white clay and a pinch of cinnamon, it turns into what I call Fairy Dust for my skin! Mix the powder with a little water to create a paste and apply to the skin, scrubbing gently as you do so. I like to do this in the shower: I start with the scrub, leave it on while I do the rest, and then rinse it all when I’m done. This gives the oats time to work their magic and to make your skin all soft and nourished. I find this particularly useful in Autumn, when our skin can get a little dull from shedding away our summery tan.
4. Root Veggies and Leafy Greens
Speaking of nourishment, as necessary as water is, we in general and our skin in particular also need food. And Autumn is one glorious season when it comes to that! Load up on those vitamin rich veggies such as carrots, beetroots, sweet potatoes and squashes. And don’t forget your greens as well as seasonal fruit: they are delicious, skin-supportive gems.
5. Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil
I never get tired of this combo. It’s simply the best way I’ve found to provide my sensitive skin with enough hydration and to help it feel nourished without remaining sticky. I like to use fresh aloe straight from a leaf. You can grow your own or buy a leaf from the market and it will keep in the fridge for several weeks. If you cut it from a plant, make sure to drain away the yellowish sap before storing in the fridge. All you need to do is leave it in the sink with the cut side towards the bottom for a couple of hours and then give it a rinse. When you are ready to use it, cut off a thumb size piece, then cut it in half and rub the halves directly onto the skin. Immediately after, rub on a small amount of coconut oil and you’re good to go.
These are my tips for a healthy, glowing skin before the cold season fully rolls in. And all that without a single store bought, packaged cosmetic product! Don’t hesitate to share your ideas with me over on Instagram!