As summer turns into fall, there are many changes that not only happen to the weather but to our skin as well. Some people have a skin care routine that they use all year round regardless of the season. However, it’s a good idea to change it up from time to time to account for seasonal changes that may be affecting your skin. If you find that your skin care routine is more effective during some parts of the year but not others, you may want to adjust it based on the weather. Continue reading to learn more about how seasonal changes affect your skin and how you can adjust your skincare routine.
Continue reading to learn more about the effects of cold weather on the skin and what you can do to keep your skin as healthy as possible.
Don't stop moisturizing
You have probably been using a moisturizer all throughout summer to combat sunburns and dry, cracked skin. But don’t give up on your skin hydrating routine just because it is starting to get cooler out. For some skin types, the cooler weather may actually rob the skin of essential moisture that is critical to keeping your skin healthy and vibrant. Some sources suggest that you may even want to switch to a thicker, heavier moisturizer as the temperature drops. Moisturizers with elastin, collagen, and aloe are good for providing nourishment and replenishment to your skin.
Continue using SPF
What a lot of people don’t realize about harmful UV rays from the sun is that they don’t go away or stop damaging the skin during colder seasons. While it is true that the Earth’s Northern hemisphere is tilted away from the Sun in fall and winter, harmful UV rays still reach the Earth’s surface. Therefore, if you want to reduce the risk for sun cancer all year long, a broad spectrum SPF of 30 or higher should be used during prolonged stays outside.
Maskne: how masks affect our skin
By this time of the year in 2020, most states have required mandatory masks in public areas for several months now. While masks are an important tool for preventing the spread of disease, they may be causing more facial skin problems than you are used to. Maskne, the term used to describe acne caused by wearing personal protective masks is becoming more prevalent the more people wear them. The friction from the mask and the humidity from breathing in it create the perfect conditions for acne to thrive. For this reason, it is important to change out your mask frequently and wash/moisturize your face after wearing one.
Don’t use exfoliants or facial scrubs as frequently
In skin care terms, to exfoliate means to remove the dead skin cells from the outermost surface of the skin. In principle, this sounds like a good idea, but it can end up drying out your skin because it removes essential oils (sebum) from the skin’s surface. During the colder months, there is naturally less moisture in the air, which can dry out the skin and cause cracking or flaking. For this reason, it is best not to include anything in your skin care routine that will deprive your skin of moisture.
Add vitamin C to your regimen
Not only does vitamin C boost your immune system, it can also work wonders for your skin. Vitamin C helps combat UV rays from the Sun that aren’t full blocked by your sunscreen. This also helps if you forget to apply SPF during the fall and winter months. Vitamin C has the added benefit of evening out skin pigmentation and boosting collagen production, which can result in a brighter complexion.
Omega-3 fish oil
Fish oil contains two distinct types of omega-3 fatty acids. They include docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). EPA is the fatty acid that benefits the skin by regulating oil production to boost hydration and prevent acne. There is some evidence that suggests Omega-3 oil can block the release of damaging enzymes induced by UV rays from the sun. This, in turn, helps to preserve collagen in the skin and to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. EPA found in fish oil is thought to contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good defense for our skin against sun damage and oxidative stress.
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