Some people swear by seasonal skin care, others think it’s a waste of time and money. What is true is that your skin type doesn’t change by the season, so once you know it and the right routines for it, you’re probably okay in sticking with them. That said, when conditions change, you may want to make some adjustments as needed, observing carefully how your skin responds.
Do we need to say that sunscreen is a must, especially multiple applications if you’re hitting the beach or the pool? Ok, we thought not. In summer, you want to step up the exfoliation with gentle scrubs. Be sure to use a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid to help seal in good moisture without too much oily buildup.
The air is drier, so protect your lips with a moisturizing balm, and get a nice hand cream to keep your hands nicely moisturized as dry air arrives. You may also consider switching up your cleanser to a creamier type to add moisture. Now, if your skin tends to dry out and crack as the air gets colder, then maybe lotion with 2% salicylic acid will help clean out those pores, which can lead to that dull look in skin we want to avoid.
Winter is Coming
Well, not for a while, but it’s good to be ready for when it comes. During winter, you just want to keep your moisturizing routine going and maybe step it up a little because the skin tends to dry out. Now, if you’re already skin savvy, you’re probably moisturizing already—hopefully according to your skin type. If not, don’t wait for winter—moisturizing is crucial all year round.
Also, skip the temptation to take long, hot showers: they feel great but can strip the skin of essential nutrients. Finally, winter sun is still, you know, the sun, so don’t skip sunscreen just because it’s cold outside—those rays can still reach your face and contribute to premature aging.
If you were smart about your sunscreen during winter, the shift to spring should not be a problem: keep it up! To control any greasy shine from sweat, consider oil-blotting paper or a product that absorbs oil.