If you’re someone who likes taking care of their skin, you certainly know that you can’t use the same skincare system all year round. Our skin is very reactive to the elements, so if you live anywhere with more than one season, you will need to adapt your skincare routine accordingly. And don’t worry – you don’t have to buy all new products and spend a lot of money every new season, just some changes in the way you use products can help immensely. So let’s take it one season at a time:
After the cold winter when the weather starts getting warmer and the sun peaks through, you can start lowering the number of creams you are using, because you no longer need the thick layers to protect the skin from the cold. You can switch to lighter moisturizers and in case the cold left you with uneven skin, use a light scrub a couple of times per week to get your skin smooth and even again. Don’t forget to keep up with the whole-body moisturizer because even though it’s warmer, you still need to allow your skin to adjust to the new climate and not leave it exposed to the spring evening winds.
When the sun starts to really hit the sky and the temperatures begin to rise, you know it’s time to revamp your skincare. Here, we’re talking more about comfort because lighter products will feel better on your skin, unlike the heavy creams used previously. Go for something light and water-based and try to minimize the amount of makeup you’re wearing. If you don’t like to sweat and try to use a pore minimizer or a setting spray, you’re doing yourself a disservice because it will only trap the sweat and dirt in your pores and make you break out. If you’re going to the beach, make sure you put sunscreen on every part of your body and protect your face additionally with a hat.
After summer, when the slumber of autumn sets in, you can slowly migrate back into the winter mode. But first, you might want to address some of the issues that the summer caused, like sunspots which can be treated with products for brown spots. For more extensive skin damage that often comes with long exposure to direct sunlight, you might want to visit a dermatologist and get a treatment to get your skin back on track. You can start moisturizing a bit more, especially on your face, and if you don’t like the feeling of a cream sitting on your face, go for a gel-consistency moisturizer.
When the weather gets colder, your skin usually tends to be the first to suffer. It will get dry and very easily crack, so you have to give it layers upon layers of solid, good protection. Apply healthy layers of moisturizer every morning and feel free to use heavier, liquid foundation as another layer of protection. Don’t forget the rest of your body – especially exposed parts – so keep a hand cream in your bag and reapply it throughout the day, alongside wearing gloves, of course. This is the time when you want to exfoliate way less – if at all – because if you scrub the layers to reveal the delicate new skin underneath, you will expose it to the harsh weather without the natural protection, and risk damaging it.
All throughout the year, you want to be applying sunscreen, which can usually be incorporated into your moisturizer, because the sun is present all year round and as the number 1 reason for deteriorating skin, we need to be aware of it. So follow these simple changes and make sure that your skin is healthy and radiant all year round.