Skin care may seem simple, but the skin’s needs are much more complex than most people realize. Taking regular showers isn’t enough to keep the skin clean all the time, for example. Skin health isn’t just about sun exposure, either the health of the immune system, for instance, is connected to the skin.
The needs of the skin vary depending on the environment, too. During the different seasons of the year, a unique skin care regimen is required.
To best create a Season-wise skin care regimen that suits a specific skin type and the environment that the skin is exposed to, it is essential to adopt a three-pronged approach. The seasonal regimen must offer protection from environmental hazards as well as provide a fitting form of regular maintenance.
Likely the season that most people think about their skin most during, the summer has the most obvious effects on the skin as it burns and tans. Summertime also commonly changes the hydration levels of the skin as well as its oiliness.
Exposure to UV rays via the sun is the main risk for the skin during the summertime. However, air conditioning also poses risks. At the same time, the sweat that comes as a result of spending time in the heat can also affect the skin. Factor in the influence of popular summertime skincare products like sunscreen, tanning lotions, and toners, and it’s clear that the skin has plenty to be protected against during the summer.
Be sure to:
- Use products designed to protect the skin from UV rays
- Wear clothing that protects the skin from excessive and constant UV exposure
- Take breaks from air conditioning and use it in moderation
- Rinse off after performing activities that produce sweat – but don’t wash constantly
One of the biggest temptations of summertime is to wash and get wet constantly. Water cools people off quickly and easily, plus provides a fresh, clean feeling that can be hard to come by when it’s humid and the skin feels sweaty and sticky. Avoid over-washing though, limiting your rinses to 1-3 times per day.
Some regions have a fifth season, called the rainy or monsoon season. For those who experience this season every year, humidity is a very real factor affecting skin care.
All that moisture in the air can cause the pores to expand and remain exposed for longer periods of time, making the skin more susceptible to taking in dirt, impurities, or other junk that could lead to infection as well as unsightly blemishes.
Mosquitos – and their bites – tend to be prevalent during the rainy season as well.
It’s best to use cleansers throughout the rainy season in order to clear out those easily clogged pores. Wearing clothing that covers the skin as much as reasonably possible is also important for protecting against infection and insects like mosquitos.
As in any season, washing the skin too often can strip away essential, natural oils. At the same time, heavy moisturizers can rub impurities into pores rather than cleaning them out. To maintain the skin during the monsoon season, go light. Choose gentle cleansers and light moisturizers. Wash lightly and regularly, but not frequently.
Many people find that the fall affects their skin in the best way. With cool temperatures and generally lower humidity, fall often poses few risks. Plus, many people find that they don’t have to use heating or air conditioning during the mild fall months, which is great news for skin.
Fall does still come with a few skin risks, though. In particular, the air in the fall tends to dry out the skin as the winter chill starts setting in. Plus, in the autumn months your skin is likely recovering from the harsh environment of summer. Take care by moisturizing to combat the dry air and exfoliating to clear out lingering summer dirt.
Simply put, just don’t overdo it. Maintaining healthy skin in the fall should be easy. Just regularly practice good hygiene, and regularly moisturize and exfoliate.
As people walk around with gloves on, lip balm, and heavy lotions it’s probably no surprise that winter tends to pose some risks to the skin.
The cold air can tighten up pores, trapping dirt inside. At the same time, the air in the winter tends to be dry –and indoor heating only adds to the resulting dehydration of the skin. Many people suffer from dry skin in the winter – even to the point of the skin cracking and bleeding. A regular skin care routine can prevent such occurrences.
In the winter time, maintenance and prevention go hand in hand. To prevent or heal cracked, dry, sore skin in the colder months, one must regularly moisturize. Another important part of skin care is bundling up because direct exposure to cold, dry air exacerbates common winter skin problems. Try giving the skin a chance to breathe on warmer days as a natural healing method as well.
Along with spring cleaning the house, many people find that spring is the time to focus on cleaning and refreshing the skin too.
Like fall, the spring doesn’t pose many threats to the skin. However, it is often an important time to take care of skin damaged and worn out by the winter. Do be aware of possible allergies that may cause skin rashes in order to avoid such blemishes and the associated itching that damages the skin.
Use the easy, skin-perfect environment of spring to prep skin for summer time. Moisturize often. After moisturizing, cover the skin while it absorbs the hydrating ingredients. Allow the skin to breathe otherwise, as oxygen plays an important role in making the skin look and feel healthy and natural.
Pay special attention to skin spots badly damaged by the winter by using body-part specific moisturizers. Choose oil-free formulas as well, because in the spring the skin is balancing out its oil production to meet the changing environment’s demands.
How you find these tips? Share what’s your skin care regimen this season?