Tips to Keep Your Skin Beautiful and Healthy All Year Long!
You change your wardrobe for the seasons and so should your skin care routine! As the weather warms and cools, humidity levels fluctuate and that can change how our skin feels and functions. During colder months, humidity drops and that can leave our skin feeling dry and dull. When the humidity increases during warmer months, that is when skin kicks up its oil production. To keep your skin looking good all year, here are our top tips for transitioning your skin care routine through the seasons.
Skin Care Routine Constants
There are a few parts of your skin care routine that should remain constant despite seasonal changes.
No matter the season, the sun’s rays are always damaging. Choose a lightweight broad-spectrum formula with an SPF of 30 or more. Apply daily in the morning.
The delicate skin under and around our eyes needs a special boost. Choose a cream that fits your specific eye contour concerns (puffiness, dark circles or fine lines) and use it both day and night.
Get a monthly facial to keep your skin clear and healthy. Why once a month? Skin cells turn over every 28 days. Getting a facial more than once a month doesn’t give you any added benefit and could potentially be harmful to more sensitive skin. Be sure to work with your skincare specialist to find the right facial techniques and timing for your unique skin.
At-home masks can provide a variety of benefits by enriching your skin with the vitamins and minerals it needs to look healthy and beautiful. Incorporate a mask weekly into your skin care routine. Make sure that you choose a mask that works for your skin type, and consider consulting with your skin care specialist to find the right options for you.
One thing everyone’s skin needs is moisture. Not moisturizing enough can lead to dryness which can increase your skin’s oil production to make up for the lack of moisture. When your skin overproduces oil, you can see an increase in acne. You might need to switch up the type of moisturizer you use throughout the year, but your daily routine should always include a day cream and a night cream.
Transitioning from Summer into Fall and Winter
As humidity drops heading into the cooler months of the year, you’ll want to put away the lightweight formulas and pull out your emollient-rich products focused on hydration.
Switch out your water-based cleansers for more gentle, creamy formulas that focus on hydrating the skin while cleansing it. For nights when you aren’t using retinol, consider using a gentle exfoliating cleanser that can buff away dead skin cells that look dull.
Choose a serum focused on adding hydration and is loaded with vitamin C, which can help brighten dull skin. Use retinal (Vitamin A) serum as well. During the colder months, your skin will be able to tolerate retinol better, so consider upping it from 2 days a week to 3 days a week.
If you have a tendency to get dry skin during cooler months, choose a heavier, more rich moisturizer.
Don’t Forget Your Hands and Lips!
When we think of skin care, we often think of our neck and face. But don’t forget to treat your hands to an ultra-rich cream and to apply lip balm with SPF to keep both feeling smooth and beautiful!
Transitioning from Winter and Spring into Summer
Humidity bumps up a notch during the summer, meaning it’s time to pull out light-weight skin care products and put away the heavier ones.
Use a light-weight cleanser to combat increased oil production due to increased humidity. These light-weight cleansers are often in gel or foam form and offer a more breathable formula than cream cleansers.
Choose a serum that combats aging brought on by the sun. These serums can also help to illuminate your skin tone, refine the look of pores and give a boost of hydration.
Replace your heavier moisturizer with a more light-weight formula. Gel and water-based moisturizers offer a cooling touch but still give your skin the hydration it needs.
Take Care of Sunburns
If you do get a sunburn, make sure that you care for it properly by applying aloe to your burns. However, it’s best to just avoid getting burned in the first place, so make sure to apply your daily sunscreen and don’t sunbathe. If you notice any changes in your skin that don’t seem normal, be sure to get it checked by a dermatologist.
Work with a Skin Care Expert!
At The Wellness Collective, we understand that each person has unique skin care needs and goals! We offer a variety of services to keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy, from our relaxing facials by licensed estheticians to our expert acne treatment. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you look and feel your best all year long!