BY ALEX ORFILA

As we welcome October the heat can still linger, and the only thing that dictates the season seems to be our behavior more than the weather itself. We decide we’ve had enough of the heat, the sun, the beach and tanning.

So, after a long summer which has been dominated by dewy, bronzed skin here are some products to help welcome the cooler months which I am currently loving.

Goodbye tan, it was nice knowing ya!

Whether you opted for a fake tan or were naturally sun-kissed, it’s safe to say that by the time October swings around most of us are ready to ditch the tan. Oh how we embraced that summer glow when it was time to bear shoulders and legs, but as Autumn calls for more conservative attire and dark moody makeup tones, we say goodbye to the glow (well, at least till Spring anyway!). A great way to cleanse congested summer skin, ensure even skin tone and avoid leftover tan residue is to indulge in a good scrub. Allow me to introduce some of my favorite tried and tested body scrub options:

Lush – Rub, Rub, Rub – £20

I cannot tell you the amount of times I have repurchased this, it is literally one of my bathroom staples. I have tried many a shower scrub but keep going back to my old faithful. It is packed with mineral rich salt and is deeply exfoliating whilst leaving skin silky smooth. It can be used on wet skin for a gentle scrub or if you’re feeling brave massage onto dry skin before jumping in the shower for the ultimate exfoliation.

Aesop – Geranium Leaf Body Scrub – £27

Like all Aesop products this is on the pricey side, but also like all Aesop products it is made of botanical goodness and smells incredible. Lovers of fresh and rich herbal scents will adore this one (I know I do).

Nuxe – Reve de Miel – £19.50

An utterly indulgent honey-scented scrub. Opt for this for a gentle but extremely nourishing scrub. This one feels like more of a treat for skin rather than an exfoliation, skin feels smooth and moisturised after use.

A great way to cleanse congested summer skin.

Facial scrubs

There are a range of gentler exfoliating scrubs for use on the face. Of course always bear your skin type in mind, facial scrubs are not for everyone. However here are some of my favourite to cleanse and awaken dull skin.

Summer Fridays- Overtime mask – £39

Do not let the name fool you – this exfoliating and brightening facial mask could not be more autumnal. The scent is pure Autumn and brings to mind cinnamon lattes on chilly afternoons, pumpkins, fallen leaves and chunky knits. This product is a bit of a hybrid, it’s a scrub – but one that you’re supposed to leave on for about 10 minutes before washing off (which technically makes it a mask too).

Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub – £9.99

Let this blend of kale, spirulina, parsley (no this isn’t the recipe for a detox smoothie) jojoba beads and bamboo gently exfoliate and brighten your complexion. This scrub is not only full of goodness but has the added bonus of being amazing value too.

Don’t forget the SPF

The heat may be leaving us but one must remember that the sun isn’t going anywhere! To ensure you remain protected all year long make SPF a part of your daily skincare routine. I know it sounds like a bit of a drag, I have oily skin and have therefore never been a fan of piling thick greasy SPF on my face unless it was absolutely necessary. However, once I embarked on my skincare explorations I found that there are in fact some great options out there which offer non-greasy protection, so there is really no excuse.

Evy Technology Daily UV Face Mousse

This is an SPF brand which seems to have come out of nowhere and it is quickly gaining cult status in the beauty world. Its main selling point being that its super light and non-greasy means that it feels more like skincare than SPF – who doesn’t love the sound of that?

It is quickly gaining cult status in the beauty world.

Skin Defence Multi-Protection Face Mist – The Body Shop – £18

This is a great option for topping up SPF throughout the day and an added bonus is that it can even be sprayed over makeup. This has become one of my (many) handbag essentials, at 60ml it’s also a great travel option.

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