How Skincare Needs to Change Seasonally

How Skincare Needs to Change Seasonally
You change your wardrobe during each season change, and you should be switching up your skincare routine as well. Whether you notice it or not, your skin goes through numerous changes as the seasons roll along, so it's important to keep up with those changes and take care of your skin in the right way.

Summer

The warmth of the sun, the general laid back vibe, vacations, flip flops, and time spent outdoors make summer a special season. But, it can also lead to some changes in your skin. First, you are likely to have your air conditioning cranking during hot summer days. That, mixed with humidity and heat from the outdoors, can be quite a shock for your skin as you head inside and outside every day. These changes in temperature can cause your skin to become dry and irritated, which is never a fun feeling during the summer. Be sure to use a lighter moisturizer every day to prep your skin and keep it hydrated all summer long. If the air conditioning creates a dry, unpleasant atmosphere in your house, turn it down to a comfortable level.  Summertime also means pool time. A dip in a pool can be refreshing on a hot summer day, but you will need to be aware of how pool water can impact your skin. Pools containing chlorine keep the pool sanitary, but chlorine can strip away the oils your skin relies on to keep it hydrated. It is important to shower off immediately after swimming to remove the chemicals from your skin and hair, followed by applying your moisturizer. One of the most important things you can do during the summer (and also all year round) is apply sunscreen every day. Whether you're spending a day at the beach, going for a walk around the neighborhood, or heading to and from work, your skin is being exposed to the sun's powerful UV rays. The sun can be especially harsh during the summer, so it's important to protect your skin from sunburn, skin damage, and skin cancer at all costs. Use an SPF of at least 30 on all exposed areas of your skin, seek shade during the hottest parts of the day, wear protective clothing like wide-brimmed hats, pants and long sleeved shirts, and always remember to protect your eyes with sunglasses.

Fall

Crisp days, changing leaves, football games, and pumpkin-flavored everything means fall has arrived. As summer transitions into fall, you will want to start paying attention to your skin and preparing it for the cooler days ahead. During the fall, the summer humidity fades and the air becomes drier, meaning your skin will notice the change right away. Be prepared with your moisturizer and apply it each day to prevent your skin from becoming too dry and dehydrated. Make sure your moisturizer is thicker than the one you used during summer to provide an extra layer of hydration to your face. If you use a body lotion, switch to a body butter or thicker body cream as well, and always moisturize your skin after showering and shaving. If you notice your skin becoming dry and flaky, your instinct may tell you that exfoliation is the answer. During fall and even winter, try toning down your exfoliation to only once a week at the most. Because your skin is going through changes and may be extra-sensitive, your body scrub could lead to additional irritation. If you do exfoliate, be sure to do so gently and apply a moisturizer immediately after. While the sun makes fewer appearances as the season progresses, you will not want to forget the sunscreen on all exposed areas of skin. Even on nice fall afternoons at a football game or evenings at a fall festival, the sun can still do more damage than you may think. When the days get colder, and you think you have enough protection through your sweater, jeans, gloves, scarf, and hat, don't forget to protect your face.

Winter

Snow, freezing temperatures, hot chocolate, ice skating, and skiing all add to the magic of the winter season. Winter can be a major change from the crisp fall days, and your skin will notice this change right away. Winter means dry, cold gusts of wind and your heater cranked up, which can lead to dry skin, so always moisturize whenever possible. Winter is the driest season for your skin, so lather on your body cream, a thick facial moisturizer, and hand cream whenever possible to prevent dry, cracked, painful skin. You may also want to try using a humidifier in your home to add extra moisture to the air. If you have sensitive skin, you may notice that it becomes red after stepping outside on a windy winter day, so bundle up as much as possible to protect your skin and keep your body warm. Wear gloves, pants and long sleeved shirts, wear a coat, and keep your head and neck protected with hats and scarves to keep your skin out of the cold as much as possible. And don't forget to apply lip balm! SeasonalChanges-Winter Because temperatures can get into the single digits or even negatives, a hot bath or shower may sound like an amazing idea. Unfortunately, hot water can dry out your skin, or make the dry skin you're currently struggling with even worse. Use warm water to keep your skin's oils balanced, and so your body can become warm after being outside in the cold. No matter how bundled up you are, the sun's harsh UV rays can still reach you in the winter. In fact, it can be even more powerful when it is reflected off glistening, white snow. Wear sunscreen on exposed areas of the body that you cannot cover with winter gear and don't forget your sunglasses.

Spring

Blooming flowers, green grass, windy days, rain, and a little bit of sunshine are all signs that show the spring season has arrived. The days can still be chilly, so keep applying your moisturizer to your face and lotion to your body to prevent dry, irritated skin. As the weather transitions from cold to warm, try using a more lightweight moisturizer. As you begin to switch from heat to air conditioning as the days get warmer, keep that in mind when you examine your skin. Dry patches can still occur, so keep an eye on your skin and apply lotions whenever possible for ideal hydration. Remember to use a lighter lotion as the season rolls along. SeasonalChanges-Spring The spring is also a great time to start an exfoliation routine after dry patches have been building up on your skin during the winter. Do not exfoliate more than twice per week and be sure to do so gently to avoid irritating the skin, and follow up with a moisturizer. Springtime means the sun is back and the days are getting longer, so do not forget sunscreen. As your wardrobe changes and you being to expose more skin, be sure to cover those areas with sunscreen and reapply frequently if you will be sweating or swimming. Because it is still chilly, you may not notice the sun, but its UV rays can reach your skin no matter what the temperature is. While this is just a brief rundown of the seasons and how they affect your skin, there are plenty of things to keep in mind as you make your way through the year. If you are in need of moisturizing, cleansing, anti-aging, and acne-clearing products that can help you out all year long, be sure to give Calysta Labs a try!