When autumn comes around, you might notice your skin feeling dryer and tighter than usual. Different seasons place different strain on the skin, so your skin won’t have the same needs all year around! In winter, temperatures may drop significantly, and the air can be drier than the other months. In summer, the sun and sea can be harsh and drying on your skin.
So, in order to keep your skin balanced all year around you may have to adapt your skincare routines! Read this post to find out how.
In winter (or whatever the cooler months are where you live!) the weather can be particularly harsh on our skin, as it is cooler and dryer. And when we’re not outside facing the elements, our heaters and AC can dehydrate and dry the skin as well!
Hydration and moisture
Ensuring your skin is getting enough hydration and moisture will avoid dryness and rough skin. During winter, you might find that your usual creams are not providing your skin with all the moisturisation you need. To combat this, consider using a thicker, more moisturising formula during the cooler months.
Additionally, using a hydrator like glycerin or hyaluronic acid will add extra hydration to your skin. It is best to lock in a hydrator, by applying moisturiser straight after, to keep all that hydration in! You can incorporate hydrators into your day-time winter routine, but I use mine at night as I prefer to do my heavy hydration and moisturisation then, to avoid getting oily throughout the day.
But make sure you continue to use your SPF in the wintertime! Even though the sun isn’t hot during winter, the UVA and UVB rays present during the summer are still present, meaning that if you aren’t wearing sun protection, your delicate facial skin isn’t being protected against the risk of skin cancer and premature ageing.
If you feel like you’re moisturising and hydrating enough but your skin still feels flaky, this may be because you need to exfoliate. It is good to regularly exfoliate, regardless of the weather, but in winter it can be particularly helpful.
You can use physical exfoliants or chemical exfoliants to exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Be careful to not over-exfoliate because you can irritate it!
I enjoy using chemical exfoliators rather than physical exfoliators because I have pimples and physical exfoliators can cause unnecessary damage to this fragile skin.
An example of an affordable but effective chemical exfoliant is The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. This one keeps my skin soft and supple without irritation, although I recommend using it once a week until your skin is used to it before building up to 2-3x per week use.
If you are suffering from chapped lips, you can also exfoliate them! To do this, you can use a lip scrub or take a soft toothbrush and lightly buff your lips. Always finish off with some lip balm for velvety soft lips.
In the hotter months of the year, the sun is usually hotter and brighter for more hours in the day. In some climates, summer months can be hot and dry, but in other parts of the world, summer can be humid and muggy. You might find that depending on the type of summer heat you have, your skin can act completely differently! And if you live in a country where there isn’t much difference between summer and winter weather, you might feel like you don’t have to tweak your routines at all!
Hydration and moisture
In more humid climates, your usual moisturisers might feel too heavy on your skin. If your skin is feeling oily, you can switch to a lighter lotion-type moisturiser, or you can use gel moisturisers for a hydrating cream which won’t be heavy on the skin.
Regardless of the climate, AC can be super drying. This means that although you might be living in a humid place, when you spend extended periods of time indoors, your skin can start to feel dry and tight. To avoid this, consider taking a spray facial mist around with you to mist your skin when it feels dehydrated! In dryer summer climates, you might still be okay using slightly heavier lotions and creams, and your skin might even require it.
Although you should be wearing sun screen all-year around, it is particularly important to protect from the sun in the summer. As the sun is hotter, you are more prone to skin damage, so make sure you are using SPF in the summer. Also, as it is hotter and you are likely to be sweating, make sure you are reapplying throughout the day! I have recently written two blog posts on why sun screen is important and how to find the right type of SPF for you.
Sun protection isn’t limited to the facial skin; you can use SPF products on your lips and hair too! Our lips can get sunburnt, just as our skin, so using a lip balm with SPF will protect that delicate skin. And our hair can also get sun damage, so using an SPF hair oil, spray or cream will keep your hair looking soft and luscious all year around!
Although it may seem like a lot of effort to find different products that work for you at different times of the year, rest assured that it’s really easy! Once you know what you’re looking for, it is easy to find a product that will fill that need. Plus, it’s really fun to try different skin care products!
Please let me know if you would like anything clarified. Comment below if you rotate your skin care throughout the year!
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