How to… Look good for autumn
With autumn finally upon us, now’s the time to adjust your grooming routine to suit the season. Here are Grooming Guru Lee Kynaston’s tips for looking
fabulous this fall. 01. Factor in some sun protection. It’s easy to think that once the summer’s over there’s no need for sun protection, but while there’s little risk of being burnt by the sun’s UVB rays, the intensity of its ageing UVA ones doesn’t diminish – even when it’s cloudy. So if you’re keen on protecting skin from suninduced fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, continue using a moisturiser with a built-in sunscreen like No7 Men Protect & Perfect Intense SPF15 Day Moisturiser (£25 from boots.com) in the mornings. And since cold air contains 30% less moisture than the warm stuff, it’s worth combatting its drying effects by applying a moisturiser specially designed for dry skin, like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm (£24 from feelunique.com) just before bed. More entertaining bedtime activities there may be, but few that will improve your looks in quite the same way.
Be a bronze age man. Tan fading faster than Union J’s hopes of scoring a monster hit? No worries, put some colour back into your cheeks – and forehead and neck – with the help of a bronzer like Clinique For Men’s Face Bronzer (£22 from clinique.co.uk) – a tinted moisturiser that gives skin some much needed colour but washes off, so there’s no risk of tanning accidents. Alternatively, pimp up your regular moisturiser by adding a few drops of ClarinsMen’s new Tanning Booster (£20 from clarins.co.uk).
The results are longer lasting, but because you control how much you use you can build up the colour over time so there’s no chance of looking like Björk one day and Beyoncé the next.
Put some honey on your hair. Your barnet gets a right battering at this time of year – wind and cold, dry air cause its outer cuticles to lift making it look straw-like while warm, dry air indoors sucks moisture, leaving it dry, frizzy and prone to static. Using a conditioner can help close the cuticles and add shine, but many make hair limp – not great if you’re rocking a pompadour – so make your own autumnal hair conditioner by mixing a tablespoon of honey with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and massage into your hair.
Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts water and helps bind it to the hair, while the vinegar will help smooth cuticles. Leave in for 15 minutes then rinse off with plenty of cool water.
Avoid irritation. According to one survey, more than 60% of people who suffer from eczema – a skin condition that causes the skin to become itchy, dry and cracked – experience a worsening of symptoms in the Autumn, partly due to cold, dry winds and central heating. If you’re one of them, swap skin irritating woolies for cotton or synthetic fibres, avoid harsh detergents (a good excuse for not washing up) and keep skin hydrated with a fragrance-free, oil-based moisturiser like Skinfix’s Eczema Balm (£11.24 from boots.com) applying immediately after showering to lock in the moisture.
Get autumnal with your eau. In the same way that lighter, fresher, citrus-based fragrances tend to work better in the summer, heavier, richer, more potent fragrances come into their own when the weather cools, the nights draw in and we crave things that comfort.
Especially good for this time of year are woody, spicy and leathery fragrances, so check out new offerings like Aramis’ Modern Leather (£55 for 60ml from johnlewis. com); Tom Ford’s spicy
Noir Anthracite (£81.50 from thefragranceshop. co.uk) and Givenchy’s woody, patchoulitinged Gentleman Givenchy (£48 from theperfumeshop. com). Also perfect for autumn is Concrete, the latest offering from altfragrance specialists Comme des Garçons
(£115 from Selfridges. com). Don’t worry, it smells of sandalwood and spices not side