Fashion & Beauty

Seasonal skincare for RIGHT NOW: masks, exfoliators and gels to transition from summer to winter skincare

The warmer months have ended, just about. Use this mild-weathered grace period to help skin recover from summer and to set yourself up for winter

Deceleor aroma solutions

Bites, burns and dryness

As well as giving us time to read the Booker shortlist (Jilly Cooper’s Mount!) and drink negronis, our holiday left us polka-dotted with mosquito bites. Thank goodness then for Decléor’s legendary Prolagene Gel. It contains an amino acid called Proline L. which helps speed up cell renewal and the production of natural collagen to even the skin. Put this cooling gel on mozzy bites as well as dry bits and sunburn. £37, Decléor

Effaclar duo from La Roche Posay


When summer rolls into autumn, skin can freak out. Effaclar Duo(+) from La Roche-Posay is a way of getting confused skin under control. Use a dot of this anti-blemish cream every day underneath your usual moisturiser to work on oily complexions, controlling shine and unclogging pores to keep breakouts at bay without leaving skin feeling tight and dry. Enriched with thermal spring water, it’s suitable for sensitive types too. £10.30, Feel Unique

Aesop's Blue Chamomile

For the over-heaters

Ah, how we love a mask. Aesop’s Blue Chamomile, as well as sounding faintly sexy (Blue Valentine? Blue Velvet?) has all the things skin needs to recover after a day in the sun. It’s a lightweight gel with a herbaceous scent that uses a cottage garden’s worth of botanicals, including the blue chamomile plus ginger, rosemary and lavender. Use once or twice a week, applying a layer over the face and neck for up to half an hour, before wiping off the excess, leaving a light layer to sink in slowly. £33, Aesop

Liz Earle’s Eyebright

Under eyes

Puffy eyes and purple shadows might have a certain Victorian gothic glamour, but if you'd rather not look like the consumptive heroine in a Romantic novel, sweep Liz Earle’s Eyebright across your eyes. With aloe vera, cornflower extract and an ingredient actually called eyebright, this herbal infusion soothes and refreshes sore, tired eyes. It works instantly if you’re in a hurry but is even more of a treat if you soak two cotton pads and lie back for 10 minutes with them on your eyes. £13.25, Liz Earle

Nude’s Fizz Powder Wash

Sherbert exfoliator

Waking up to a dark, rain-lashed world is getting us down, so adding a beauty product into our routine that raises a smile is a Very Good Thing. Nude’s Fizz Powder Wash is like some sort of Roald Dahl-imagined concoction. An enzymatic powder that contains vitamin C, rose hip, vanilla seeds and omegas 3, 6 and 9, it fizzes into a lather when activated with water to gently exfoliate dull, dry skin leaving it silky smooth and noticeably brighter. £38, Space NK

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