Should You Change Your Skincare Seasonally?
Curious whether you should be switching up your skincare regimen according to the season? If your skin isn’t responding differently to different seasons, there is no need to buy different products. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. However, if changing seasons or conditions seem to be wreaking havoc on your skin, it may be time to make some tweaks.
Cold weather: If winter weather causes your skin to peel, flake, itch etc., there are some changes you can incorporate into your skincare regimen to stave off these symptoms. These steps can also help traveling to a drier climate than what your skin is used to (my skin does pretty well during winter here in Seattle but tends to shrivel up and die during my annual holiday trip to Arizona).
Change your cleanser: Consider switching to a creamy cleanser if you are currently using something gel-based or foamy. You could also try a cleansing oil.
Swap your moisturizer: You may want to begin using a heavier, more emollient facial moisturizer. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and fatty acids. Antioxidants like vitamins C and E are also great additions to winter skincare as they will protect the skin from free radical damage. Shea butter and plant based oils are ideal ingredients to look for in body creams.
Add a serum and/or oil: If you don’t typically use a serum and your skin has become more dry, layering one under your moisturizer can be a rejuvenating change. If your skin is extremely dry, you can also layer an oil over your moisturizer to seal in your regimen’s benefits and further protect skin.
Hot weather: Feeling greasy and broken out when things heat up each year? Tropical vacay on your agenda? Try these skincare updates.
Change your cleanser again: It may be time to switch to a lighter, gel based or foaming cleanser if you’ve been using something heavier.
Drop or switch up your moisturizer: Avoid creamy, heavy products and look for something lighter weight. You can even drop moisturizer in favor of a serum or gel. Just make sure whatever you use contains effective ingredients like antioxidants and hyaluronic acid (which, by the way, is quite light and great for people with oily skin who still want to add moisture and keep skin plump and hydrated).
Add salicylic acid: Consider adding a toner, cleanser or exfoliant containing salicylic acid (BHA), which will help exfoliate skin cell buildup, which clogs pores and causes breakouts. If your skin is on the drier side but you still get breakouts and clogged pores (lucky you), look for products containing lactic acid.
All weather: Use sunscreen year round! If you have oily skin, look for something oil free or mattifying in warmer weather.