Just as the trees and temperatures change with the seasons, so does our skin. Our skin is one big porous organ that absorbs like a sponge. In the winter our skin is affected by the lack of moisture and dry indoors and tends to dry out. In the warmer season our skin sweats more. Our skin is undoubtedly affected by the seasonal changes.
Just as you change your clothing type for the seasons, you need to change your skincare products and routine. If you are noticing a change in your skin when the seasons change, here are a few suggestions to help get your skin back on track:
– Wash your face more often. With the warmer weather and being outdoors more, we sweat more and need to wash our face more frequently.
-Add a retinol. If you are one of the people who find using a retinol in the winter too drying, now is a good time to add it back to your routine.
-Switch to a lighter moisturizer. Just as warmer weather calls for lighter clothing, our skin needs a lighter coating. Switch from your heavy winter moisturizer to a lighter moisturizer.
– Exfoliate: Exfoliating will help get rid of dead skin cells and help your skin to absorb your products. Choose a gentle exfoliator especially if you’ve been out in the sun and your skin is sensitive.
-CONTINUE TO USE SUNBLOCK: As I’ve stated throughout this blog, I’m a big believer in wearing a broad-spectrum SPF every day of the year. When spending time outside in the warmer weather, it’s important to wear your sunblock (especially if you are using a retinol or acne product which can cause extreme sensitivity to the sun).
We can’t control everything, but we can help control the changes that take place to our skin during the change of seasons.
Warrior tip: Sunscreen has a shelf life. Start the season off with newly purchased sunblock and throw away that bottle that’s been tucked in the bathroom closet or beach bag since last summer.