Why You Should Change Your Skin Care Routine With The Seasons.
Cold, rainy, hot, dry – is it really necessary to switch up your skin care routine throughout the season the way you switch up your wardrobe? While many people thought that a regular three-step skin care system (clean, exfoliate, moisturize) is a year-round deal, it’s not. Your skin may brave the elements of winter, such as freezing temperatures and harsh winds with a heavier moisturizer, but using the same heavy moisturizer during hot summer months can wreak havoc on your skin, clogging your pores and breaking you out!
Let’s understand your skin better and how you must change your skin care routine according to season.
Winterizing your wardrobe isn’t enough. Beneath those thick, fluffy coat, hat and gloves, should be a well-hydrated skin as your first layer of protection. Cold weather and lack of moisture can cause dry skin, cracking, chapping and irritation.
Moisturize your skin after bath or shower while your skin is still damp to help seal in moisture. You may use a heavy-duty moisturizer, so it can be absorbed into dry skin and keep it hydrated for hours. Rich ingredients to look for are shea butter, vitamin E and avocado oil.
Slather on broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 or higher as the UV rays from the sun during winter are still strong. Also snow can reflect about 90% of UV radiation.
Protect your lips by using a lip balm, lipblock or lipstick that contains a high SPF.
Cool, Rainy Months
Ensure your skin is hydrated but don’t overdo it! Spring on the horizon means you’re saying goodbye to dry, itchy skin caused by freezing cold winds, and saying hello to sunnier days ahead.
Swap your moisturizer to something a little lighter and look for a hyaluronic acid- or water-based formula.
Exfoliate your skin to amp the glow game! Spring calls for a beauty skin care revamp and sloughing off dead skin cells and unblocking pores. A gentle exfoliating cleanser (not harsh scrubs) will do the trick. Opt for a formula with glycolic acid.
Apply sunscreen as it is a must-have all-year-round.
Use heavy-duty broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher because battling the summer heat needs extra armor. Applying and re-applying sunscreen at least every two hours can help prevent sunburn, sun spots andpremature aging.
Keep your skin clean! Spending more time outdoors, basking in the sun and frolicking on the beach can cause breakouts as excess oil, sweat, germs and bacteria get trapped in your pores. Always use a gentle cleanser twice a day and always moisturize after cleansing your skin.
Ramp it up with antioxidants to help firm skin, correct skin damage by stimulating blood flow in the skin, reduce inflammation, and helps repair wrinkles. Reducing free radical damage can go along way.