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September 29, 2019

Let’s be honest, the shift from summer to autumn is probably the hardest of all the seasonal transitions, with the most jarring contrast. Harsher weather, shorter days, less sunshine and a dramatic change in diet all have a direct impact on skin tone and radiance – but also mood too.

If you’ve noticed your skin responding to the change in season – perhaps being drier or with more discolouration and red patches – or you’re feeling some seasonal blues here and there, follow our transitional tips to help ease both you and your skin through.

Support your skin

ebo autumn essential face oil in bathroom

The colder months see a drop in humidity and temperature; the drier the air the more moisture it sucks from your skin.

Beauty experts agree it’s important to switch to oil-based skin products as the body is challenged to adjust to temperature alterations. This means that once the cooler weather sets in it’s time to swap in your autumn face oil.

The ebo autumn essential face oil is especially designed for the unique stresses placed on skin at this time of year. As we shift out of summer (with its focus on protecting and repairing) we move into autumn where we should be prioritising healthy skin function and keeping in moisture.

To help you do just that, our autumn face oil blend contains rosemary oil - rich in the phyto-nutrients that support health collagen production - and baobab seed oil which forms a natural emollient barrier to lock in moisture, against the drier air.

 Just five drops will help to balance your own sebum production and avoid blotchy, itchy dry patches. Buy the 10ml travel size or our full-sized30ml bottle to last the season.

 Upgrade to our seasonal facial oil subscription, where each season’s oil is delivered straight to your door, to receive a free detox essential body oil worth £24.

 If you buy our essential face duo which includes acclaimed babyface cleansing beauty bar, you’ll save on the buy separate price as well as receiving free postage.

Stay sociable

The nights may be drawing in and the weather worsening, but while it’s tempting to snuggle up for the evening in the cosy glow of your smartphone, you might end up feeling overly isolated. After a summer of get-togethers with friends, this can have a negative effect on overall well-being.

While it’s natural to change your social rhythm through the seasons, try not to retreat too far behind your own front door, going out can still be cosy! Try our pick of autumn ways to stay sociable and help beat the seasonal blues.

Join a book club with a twist

 Emily Rhodes' Walking Book Club

Emily’s Walking Book Club has been meeting on Hampstead Heath once a month since 2012. Created by freelance writer Emily Rhodes, who writes about and reviews books for the FT Weekend, Spectator, Guardian and Country Life, this book club is based on the premise that it’s easier to talk while you’re walking.

As Emily says, “something about the rhythm of it loosens your thoughts and your tongue too”.

Setting off at 11.30am from Daunt Bookshop, returning at 1pm and with a suggested fee of £5, their next meeting is on Sunday 6th October and the book is The Peregrine by J.A. Baker.

No need to book, just turn up, but remember it gets cold and muddy out there so dress appropriately!

Go to a supper club

Still from An Autumn Tale by Éric Rohmer

The idea of supper clubs is to be sociable, talking to the people you meet on the night, as well as absorbing new cuisines in intimate new locales. There’s a supper club to suit everyone, but here are a few of our favourites.   

KinoVino is a cinema supper club that matches film with food. Their next event is part of London’s Côte de Rhône wine festival and screens the French classic “An Autumn Tale”, directed by Eric Rhomer and set during harvest season in a Côte de Rhône wine valley.

The film is followed by a four-course dinner curated by chef and food writer Anna Barnett, and of course, a wine tasting. The next event takes place in London on the 24th October. 

Rick Stein's restaurant in Marlborough 

Rick Stein’s restaurants regularly host cosy supper nights with a focus on food and conversation. There are various locations across the UK so it’s worth checking if one is happening near you.

On October 6th, Charlie Stein and the local Wiltshire Ramsbury Brewery host a three-course dinner with matching beers at the Stein family's beautiful Marlborough restaurant. 

Mackerel Sinigang at Luto London

At its best, food can transport us. Supper clubs are a great way to explore further-flung cultures, without ever hopping on a plane.

Luto London is a supper club inspired by the cuisine of the Philippines, taking influence from the country’s several thousand islands and love of sweet and sharp tamarind and vinegar driven flavours.

The Philippine diaspora has flung Filipino(a)s across the globe, often leaving them and their descendants feeling displaced from their homeland and heritage. 

Luto was created by chef Mary San Pablo as a way to reconnect and rediscover her Filipino roots. Keep an eye on their Instagram page for new events and pop-ups.

Pop to the pub with your dog

Jodie Kidd and her pub, The Half Moon in Kidford

Former British model Jodie Kidd owns the Half Moon, a dog-friendly pub in West Sussex. Not only is your pooch welcome at the pub and provided with doggy treats when you arrive, but they recommend some fantastic dog walks in the local area.

ebo founder, Kirstie Garrett taught skincare and prep at Jodie Kidd’s makeup school in Knightsbridge AND is a massive dog lover, so this suggestion was a shoo-in.

Set yourself a challenge

Mary Portas Living and Giving Shops

The mind likes focus; signing up to a challenge can give you a renewed sense of purpose and achievement - just what you need as the days get shorter.

Oxfam’s Secondhand September was designed to help you cut back on spending after the summer while pressing reset on the consumerist programming that’s so burdening our planet. (Each week eleven million items of clothing end up in landfill in the UK alone.) September might be over, but there’s no reason you can’t continue the challenge through October – and beyond!

Secondhand shopping has moved on, visit the new breed of charity shops like Mary Portas’ “Living and Giving shops which feature carefully curated and beautifully presented stock.

Follow flagship charity stores on Instagram where they showcase the best of their donations daily and make sure you never miss out on a hidden gem.

@yourpreloved_stories sells high-end preloved gems for like this Carie Bradshaw-esque dress that we love.

Your Preloved Stories

Invest in yourself

The Do Lectures

The inspiration for the Do Lectures struck in 2007. Devised as ‘a safe space to ask better questions’, Do - or the encouragement network - has at its heart a three-day event which takes place from a cowshed in Wales.

The lectures – from some of the world’s finest minds – are filmed and hosted online. The network is hosting a workshop in London this November – Do Breathe - where Michael Townsend Williams coaches you on how to be more effective, doing less in a world where we’re all coping with overwhelm.

Invite a friend for dinner and shop seasonally and locally

Be Well By Kelly, Autumn Salad Recipe


Cosy up with friends or family and whip together this Autumn Arugula Salad from Kelly LeVeque from “Be Well by Kelly”. Kelly stands out from other celebrity coaches and nutritionists by being incredibly qualified and good at what she does.

This is the perfect transition dish before heavier winter food options arrive and features a fresh and healthy mix of skin-loving seasonal squash and pomegranate seeds.

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