7 tips and tricks to confidently take you from summer to autumn*

10 September 2018

No-one likes the summer to autumn transition period. It's cold (& wet), the days get darker for longer, the commute to work seems to get longer,  spiders begin to take over your home, your skin starts to turn into a dry sponge, you catch that cough or cold that everyone has  – and the list goes on and on. All of this can have a massive impact on our confidence, mood, health and happiness. However, whether it’s changing your perfume for the autumnal season, or maintaining your summer hair removal routine with the Panasonic Epilator, there are ways to beat the autumn blues. 

Pamper Yourself 
Winter always brings about dry skin and brittle hair – making it the perfect time to get yourself into a new pampering routine. It's also the perfect excuse to start one if you didnt’t have one. This autumn winter, I’m creating my own beauty salon at home pampering myself with the Panasonic Epilator. The latest innovation in the Panasonic beauty range harnesses the latest technology to provide a pain free, stress free and effective way to temporarily remove hair without damaging follicles whilst making skin smoother skin and less dull. "Does it hurt?" or "Does it burn your hairs off?" ....No! The IPL flashes a bright light onto your skin, this then causes your hair follicles to essentially 'fall asleep' creating smoother skin and finer hair.

Even though its autumn and we will be wearing less shorts and strapless dress than the summer months, I still find maintaining your summer hair removal regime works wonders on your confidence and overall mood.

To add to this, moisturising your skin every day (even when you can't be bothered to) will allow you to see great results. Don't forget to exfoliate at least once a week too (#FacemaskFriday is a thing) 
Creating your own beauty salon at home gives you a great excuse to head to Muji and buy a few of essential oils and candles. The ability to let loose, restore confidence and energy levels also comes from the environment which you're in - so a candle, a few drops of an essential oil, and a cup of herbal tea go a long way in the journey towards relaxation.

Stay Hydrated.  
Further to that last point on essential oils,investing in a Humidifier or a diffuser for your house or the rooms you spend the most time in maximises moisture to the cold, dry winter air, helping to hydrate your skin without adding another step to your skincare routine.

Invest in a pop of colour
Whether it’s a new coat,  new pair of jeans, a chunky knit, a scarf or a hat or a pair of boots, adding a signature piece to to your wardrobe will bring you excitement and in most cases a boost of confidence when you're wearing it for the first time.

Switch up your scent 
Fragrance expert and founder of Note Fragrances, Danielle Fleming says aromas can enhance your mood and change your behaviour. They can play a huge role in how you feel and have the ability to elicit a range or emotions from feeling confident to sexy, happy, relaxed and more. So why not change your fragrance if you want to change how you feel this autumn? 

Work out
I’m the type of person that thinks autumn/winter is for staying indoors, staying warm and avoiding exercise by any means. I take summer as my time to workout regularly and intensely. However, it’s true that summer bodies are made in winter. Getting up an hour earlier or returning home an hour later, when it is dark in order to do exercise is worth it, as physical activity can give your mental health a boost - during exercise dopamine and serotonin are released a.k.a happy hormones. When you’re feeling a bit under the weather and down, the one thing you don’t want to be told to do is exercise, but trust me, exercise equates to feeling slim, happy and healthy…which equates to you’ll feeling more confident and better about yourself..which equates to improving your mood. 

Play around with your skincare routine

Cream-based cleansers (my fave is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish) and a richer moisturiser work wonders in the winter. So many drugstore and high end cleansing / toning products for the face contain alcohol, which can further dry your skin – so stay clear of those.

Take your vitamins

You know when you were a kid and your mum always yelled at you to take your vitamins? Well, she was right. I take a adult hair, skin and nails multivitamin every morning to make sure I start my day right,  they're an effortless – 2 second task that goes a long way in making your hair, nails and skin winter ready. 

What do you do to boost your confidence during the cold weather?

On a plus side, the autumn menu for Starbucks came into full force last week, so if these 7 tips and tricks don't help you, we can soak up all our autumn blues with a Pumpkin Spice Latte.


NB: This post was a collaboration with Panasonic Beauty. However all opinions are honest and my own.
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