A Preemptive Strike Against Autumns Chilly Weather

Autumn's damp and the onset of cold weather weakens our immune system. Sore throats and snuffles appear, so over a period of several days take a few drops of essential oils. Mint, thyme, cinnamon, cloves, lavender...

Their antiseptic properties soothe minor infections, reduce inflammation and will give your immune system a boost.

Autumn skincare has to deal with topsy-turvy weather: dry one minute, wet the next, warm afternoons, icy mornings...

Skin doesn't like changes in the weather, as it has a hard time adapting to climatic variations. In other words, it needs all the help it can get. Autumn skincare essentials start with a gentle face scrub, to rid the skin of dead cells that suffocate the epidermis.

Follow by hydrating your skin with a face mask and a moisturiser that should be richer than your summer one and applied both morning and night.

Our bodies need to be in good shape, if they're to deal with the elements (cold, humidity, wind, pollution). So make sure you get your daily dose of vitamins, minerals and trace elements by gorging on fruits and veg. Remember the 5 a day rule!

As we all know, sport is good for both the body and soul. It's also a great way to boost the immune system. Don't be put off, you'll find something enjoyable: working out in a gym, going for a quick jog, taking a walk, enjoying a gentle yoga session... It doesn't matter what you do - the important thing is to get moving. The key is to make it regular: several mini-sessions a week are better than slogging it out for 2 hours every 10 days.