Skincare expert Victoria Dobbie from Face and Body Cosmetic Clinic says that skin care regimen is often overlooked as the seasons change but the shifting weather conditions can cause hormonal imbalances that can wreak havoc on our skin.

Summer marks the end of intense sun exposure, but dealing with the upcoming colder months can be equally distressing, making autumn a good time to address your skin concerns. For a long time skincare experts have agreed that vitamin C is a powerful ingredient which stimulates collagen for youthful skin.

“Vitamin C is an ingredient that has gained popularity in the skincare world because of its trusted ant-ageing benefits. As an anti-oxidant, Vitamin C slows the rate of free-radical damage which causes skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles” said Dobbie.

Whether your skin needs post-summer nourishment or protection from the harsher winter period ahead, Dobbie suggests exclusive tips to help you stay one step ahead of the beauty game this autumn.

* Purify gently: Cleansing your face is a vital part of any skincare routine, to wash away a day’s worth of makeup, sweat, smog and dirt. If left to build up, these elements can seep through the pores, causing blemishes and pimples. Many women turn to face-wipes that are cheap and quick to use but the physical action of wiping the skin can cause a host of skin problems, including premature wrinkles. So it’s a good idea to choose a cleanser that is gentle and moisturising.

* Rejuvenate with a serum: The drier air and decreasing temperatures can leave skin looking dull and feeling dehydrated. To keep your skin plump and healthy it’s a good idea to introduce extra moisture, by adding a rich serum to your regimen.

* TLC for your lips: Conditioning your lips before the winter chill creeps in is essential if you want to avoid them becoming chapped and cracked.

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