There are lots of ways we know the seasons are changing - leaves change color, the sun goes down at a different time of day, we feel the temperatures rise and fall. But perhaps another place you notice seasonal shifts, is in your skin. Because your skin is a large sensory organ that also protects you from the elements, it's only natural that your skin would react to changes in your environment and the weather.
While it is true that you should make some adjustments to your skincare seasonally, to best weather the changes, seasonal skincare doesn't need to be complicated. Read on for our favorite seasonal skincare tips.
TIPS FOR SEASONAL SKINCARE
1.) Layer your products like you would your clothing
Just as you dress accordingly for different seasons, you can think of your skin as needing its own layers of dress, according to the temperature and conditions outside. In the summer you may only need a light layer of moisturizing SPF to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day, whereas in fall you may need a layer of moisturizer before your SPF to compensate for less moisture in the air. In winter, you may even require an extra layer - for example, facial oil or a hydrating serum.
Everyone's skin is a little bit different in how it reacts to the elements. If you follow the same routine all year without issue, that's fine too. But if you struggle to keep your skin balanced every time the seasons change, the layering rule can be very effective for helping you find stasis for your skin.
2.) You don't need a whole new routine
A common myth, is that our skin needs a new routine each season in order to not "adapt" or "get bored" with the current protocol. However, the idea that you should scrap your existing routine and start over with a whole new line of products is rather impractical. If you have a routine that's working for you, there's no need to take a gamble on new products.
Instead, we recommend swapping out a few key items as needed, such as your cleanser or moisturizer. In the warmer months, you may only need a gel cleanser and a very light moisturizer to keep your skin adequately balanced and hydrated. Whereas in the colder months, you may opt for a thicker moisturizer and a creamy cleanser from the same product line, to up the moisture factor without throwing your whole routine out of whack.
3.) Up your exfoliation during dry seasons and back off during warmer times
In addition to transitioning your daily skincare, another thing to consider mixing up, is your exfoliation. At different times of the year, we need more or less exfoliation, depending on how dry the air is.
During summer, light exfoliation is best because we are getting the most sun exposure and our skin needs more gentle products to keep it from getting overly irritated or overexposed. During drier months, like fall and winter, the skin is drier and tends to accumulate more buildup of dead skin. Therefore, these cooler months are ideal for more aggressive treatments and products like peels or enzyme masks, which help keep the skin turning over and prevent dry skin from building up.
4.) SPF year round
Another common misconception is that we only need to use sun protection during the warmer months to prevent sun damage. Unfortunately, if you only use your sun protection half of the year, you are doing your skin a disservice during the other half. While you may get less exposure to direct sunlight at different times of the year, the potential for UV damage and skin cancer remains the same all year. In fact, we can actually be at more risk in some winter climates, as sun reflecting off of snow, intensifies the potency of UV rays.
It is important to find an SPF product that works well for your skin and incorporate it as part of your daily routine, 365 days per year.
Image by @karihenrichsenmedia courtesy of Sorella Apothecary