When it comes to seasonal skin care, most people think about the cold winter months and how they need to change their routine to deal with the issues they may bring. However, you also need to consider how your skin care routine should be altered as we head into spring and summer.
Any little can change can affect your skin, and that includes the weather getting warmer. This means you need to understand how best to look after your skin so it can stay in great condition all year round.
Less is more
During winter, our skin needs more moisture due to the cold and wet weather leaching it away from our skin. This means using richer face creams throughout the season. However, these aren't ideal for spring and summer.
With the weather getting better, your skin doesn't need you to replace all its natural oils because it isn't losing them as rapidly as in winter. This means it is a good idea to start lightening up with your moisturisers.
You don't want to make this change all of a sudden, as this could upset your skin's balance. Instead, start using less of your current moisturiser before swapping to a lighter one altogether. It is best to do this for the day and stick to using your usual night cream so your skin doesn't get dry.
This will also protect you from clogged pores and breakouts, as well as shiny patches.
It doesn't matter what the season, your skin needs to be protected from the sun. This means using face creams and makeup that contain SPF.
You may not have stuck to this during the winter – after all, we hardly see the sun then – but it is a good idea to up the amount of SPF being added to your skin.
Even dull days subject your skin to harmful UV rays, which can age it and place you at risk for illnesses like skin cancer. This is why it is important to protect it even more during spring and summer.
You should aim to use a moisturiser with an SPF, as well as makeup. You can also use light sun creams on your face to offer more protection, although oil-free variations are best.
Just remember, the higher the SPF the better protected you are.
It isn't just SPF that your skin needs every season, you also need to exfoliate. You might not think that you need to exfoliate so much during the warmer months, especially if you don't have as much flaky skin to get rid of, but your skin needs a deep clean once a week.
Gently exfoliating your skin once a week – scrubbing any more than this can actually cause damage – helps to remove any buildup of dead skin cells, dirt and oils, which can cause blackheads and spots. It also allows your skin care products to penetrate more deeply, so you get the full benefits.
When it comes to the types of exfoliants you use, stick to products that have natural scrubby ingredients – such as apricot kernels and sea salt – these cause less damage to skin than synthetic scrubs and can provide added benefits that help to condition it.
The most important thing to remember is to stick to your routine. Aim to wash and moisturise your face every morning and evening – using creams for day and night – ensuring that all makeup is removed thoroughly. This will keep your skin in great condition and help you avoid any problem days.