How to get glowing skin

Now that autumn has arrived, it will require more work to keep your skin feeling hydrated and healthy.

Skincare expert Andrea Patel, co-founder of Dermacare Direct (, has shared some advice on how to keep that skin glowing throughout the colder months.

Bring back moisture

Andrea suggests investing in a hyaluronic acid product – such as serums by The Ordinary and SkinCeuticals – to keep your skin hydrated and plump.

“Although our skin produces hyaluronic acid naturally, the amount declines as we age and when we expose ourselves too much to the sun,” she says.

“If you want skin that’s hydrated and plump, a hyaluronic acid will do all of that and more due to its ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in moisture.”

The skincare expert also recommends giving your dry or dehydrated skin a boost by indulging in a hydrating mask that will help infuse the skin with much-needed moisture.

Products to check out include Glossier’s Moisturising Moon Mask and Bobbi Brown’s Skin Nourish Mask.

Revive and repair summer-ravaged skin

“Exfoliating dead skin cells and the skin’s surface roughness caused by damage from exposure to the sun gives a brighter, healthier and smoother complexion,” Andrea says. “Resurfacing also helps speed up the skin’s renewal process and makes skincare products work more effectively.”

There are many exfoliators out there, but you could check out Cowshed’s Calendula Refining Facial Scrub or the Gentle Exfoliator by Clarins.

SPF is for life, not just for summer

“Don’t forget sunscreen, even in autumn! The warm weather may have gone, but the sun’s UV rays are still there no matter what the temperature is,” she continues. “Use a high SPF sunscreen on your face all year round to avoid early signs of ageing such as dry, wrinkled and loose skin OR something worse like skin cancer.”

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