Transitioning into autumn

With the clocks going back and as we transition into autumn and shorter days, now is the optimum time to review and renew your skincare routine. The arrival of colder days and the need to turn up the central heating can have an impact on your skin. Using a richer moisturiser can help to counteract this. Purdie’s new Facial Moisturiser is a lush organic cream made with Raspberry Seed Oil, a well-known anti-inflammatory, and Rosehip Oil, rich in Vitamin A to guard against wrinkles. Click on for a complete list of ingredients and benefits.

The application of a Face Serum is a further skin enhancing addition to your daily skincare routine at this time of year. Purdie’s Serums contain Argan Oil which is packed with omega fatty acids to hydrate the skin. Apply the serum before you use your daily face cream and before bed for extra hydration. Click on for more details.

Darker autumn days and the lack of sunlight mean that it’s worth thinking about whether you need to top-up your Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is needed to maintain good bone health and to support the immune system. There are a multitude of supplements on the market but we particularly like the Vitamin D sprays supplied by Better You. See

It can also be tricky getting moving in these dark mornings, but we have found that a great way to help you wake up gently is by using a Lumie clock that rouses you with a sunrise. We have been using this clock for years. See

Getting outdoors for a walk at this time of year is beneficial for the body and mind plus the autumnal colours are simply stunning. We at Purdie’s love getting out and about in Argyll (well we would, wouldn’t we?!). It is just a short walk from our Inveraray shop to the magnificent Inveraray Castle (famously used for shooting an episode of Downton Abbey), the ancestral home of the Campbell clan and the Duke of Argyll. For the more adventurous, climb up the hillside to Dun na Cuaiche Watchtower for a spectacular view across Loch Fyne. Or, at a more leisurely pace, why not ‘go to prison’ and visit the Inveraray Jail which is open all year round.

When you return from your wanders, you could take in the atmosphere and hospitality offered at the 19th century-built George Hotel.

On these cold days, what could be better than having a cup of delicious herbal tea. We recommend Sea Tea, lovingly made by Rowan on the island of Kerrera just off Oban using local herbs, flora and fauna.

Our love of reading extends all year round and we have just finished reading ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama which was a fascinating insight into her early years growing up in Chicago and her life in the White House. We also very much enjoyed ‘Help Me’ by Marianne Power which is a light-hearted look at several self-help books.

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