Adjusting Your Skincare for the Seasons

*Looks outside*

Yep, still hot.

Do your skin needs fluctuate with the seasons, Fledglings? I know mine do, even though my skin type stays the same. It necessitates some changes to my twice-daily skincare routine, due to the conditions outside, the conditions inside, and my choice of activities for different seasons. Let’s break this down a little and look at how those three factors can affect your skin from season to season, and what you can do about it to stay glowing all year long.

  1. Outside Conditions
    1. If you live in the northern hemisphere, it’s going to start getting hotter around May/June, and stay hot until August/September (October, if you’re in Texas). If you live in a place that’s hot and humid, oil and shine control might become a factor in summer, meaning that blotting papers and mattifying sunscreen are going to become your new best friends. Hot and dry weather can also make you oily, so don’t rest on your laurels, Arizona – dry skin can sometimes produce more oil to compensate for the dryness, so invest in some good cleansers and lightweight moisturizers to keep all that oil under control.
    2. Once winter rolls around, you get cooler air, which is often dryer than the hot summer air. At this point, you might feel tightness around your mouth, cheeks, or eyes, which is your skin’s way of begging for some good-quality moisture. If you don’t use sheet masks, winter is a great time to start, and if you already do, you can up the frequency to keep your skin dewy. You can also switch to a heavier moisturizer if you get dry in the colder months, because the heavier stuff will lock in the moisture in your face. Alternatively, if you just put on sunscreen as your moisturizing step in the mornings, like I do, add an essence or moisturizer before you put on the sunscreen for another layer of moisture.
  2. Inside Conditions
    1. If it’s hot out, you just know there’s going to be AC blasting indoors. This can blow all that summer dust and pollen around, making your face puffy from allergies. Take whatever allergy medication you and your doctor agree on, and use a neti pot regularly (I know, I know, it feels weird, but I swear by them) to keep your sinus cavities un-swollen. This can help keep the swelling in your sinuses from transferring to your face. A good eye cream is invaluable here, as it will tighten up the skin around your eyes so you don’t look tired when it’s really just the dust.
    2. Cold air outside means dry air inside, whether it’s from central heat, a radiator, or a fireplace. Once again, it’s hard to keep your skin hydrated under such conditions. If you’re really prone to dryness, a humidifier in your bedroom could help keep some moisture around your skin and hair. Once again, add a layer of moisturizer when it’s really dry like this, especially at night when your skin does a lot of healing. If you’re acne-prone but still getting dry, a lightweight essence will bring moisture to your face without clogging your pores. And once again, don’t underestimate those sheet masks!
  3. Seasonal Activities
    1. Oh, summer. How I love you. Nothing is better than spending a day at the lake, or heading to the beach for a week or so. But alas, all that swimming and sunning and hanging out around campfires and barbecue pits can really do a number on your skin. It’s important to replenish your skin after you’ve put it through the wringer with your summer adventures, so make sure you take travel-sized versions of your skincare routine along on all your overnight trips. You’ll want to cleanse, tone, treat, and hydrate your skin every single night, no matter how tired you are, because keeping that routine will save you from having to do major repairs down the road. Of course, don’t forget your sunscreen and hat to protect your face even more!
    2. Winter fun times are just as great, and also just as hard on your skin. You’ve still got those campfires, but you’ve also got snow (if you’re lucky), cold wind, and dehydrating holiday air travel to contend with. You can absolutely sunburn from snow, so remember to use sunscreen 365 days a year, no matter the conditions! Snow sports can also leave you with windburn, a nasty red rash from your skin being exposed to cold wind. If your skin is really suffering from all that mountain time, a repairing serum can put you back in the right place when added to your normal skin routine. Serums are better used at night, again because that’s when your skin is healing. Snag a moisturizing skin mist to combat that dry airplane air, and you should be able to weather the winter beautifully!

Now, those are the things you should do differently as the seasons change, but there are some things you should not change at all – wearing sunscreen every day, using an eye cream, and doing your skin routine every morning and every night, should not change from season to season. Those things are year-round good ideas, even if you do have adjust, add, or subtract a product here and there.

Now, go forth and look gorgeous! I’ve got a product review for you next week, and it’s one of the products I’ve linked in this very article. Happy weekend, Fledglings!

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