Both the daily weather and the changing of the seasons can play havoc with our skin. In fact, together with stress and pollution, it’s known to be one of the key factors that influences the health of our epidermis. And it’s not just those who live in an area where the seasons are clearly marked that suffer, mild climate residents will also see their skin needs vary throughout the year. Read on to discover just how seasonal changes affect our skin …
If a skin problem suddenly crops up or if we see some ‘unwanted’ change in our complexion, our immediate reaction is look for the reason why… Lack of sleep, a new beauty product, slacking on your skincare routine, stress… Everything factors in where our skin’s health is concerned. However, if your skin is feeling tighter, drier or more inflamed for longer than usual, the culprit is likely to be something we quite often overlook – Seasonal changes and how they affect our skin.
How and why does our skin change during seasonal shifts?
Although we can do nothing to stop the transition of seasons (much as we’d sometimes like to stop time!), our skin doesn’t always need to suffer the consequences. Let’s have a look at how seasonal changes affect our skin and what we can do to keep our skin happy and healthy, whatever the time of year.
When summer’s over:
In other words, when we go from warm to cold weather (and especially from autumn to winter) our skin has to deal with rapid climate fluctuations that can leave it quite stressed. The drop in both ambient temperature and humidity causes a reduction in the amount of sebum and perspiration produced by the skin. As a consequence, our skin hydration levels plummet, leading to drier complexions which, in turn are more vulnerable to external aggressions. As the days go by, the skin’s natural protection barrier is increasingly compromised and problems such as itchiness, irritation and inflammation can appear.
Hello longer days and warmer weather:
The transition from winter to spring can be a difficult one for our complexion, especially where reactive and/or atopic skins are concerned. Warmer weather and higher humidity levels leave our skin scrambling to adapt once more. Dehydrated by the winter cold, the slight rise in temperatures that accompanies spring causes an increase in oil production, which can lead to breakouts or even acne for some people.
What’s more, although spring is beautiful, it’s also the key time of year for seasonal allergies, which can cause pre-existing conditions such as eczema, rosacea and atopic dermatitis to flare up.
How to stop seasonal changes from affecting our skin
Above all else, the key is to follow a delicate yet effective cleansing skincare routine. This all-important step defines everything else that comes after. Another great game-plan is to include a serum loaded with antioxidants and a nourishing, restorative oil in our night-time regime, to really keep our skin strong and healthy. Finally, forget about following the latest beauty trend of ‘textures’ and focus more on moisturising ingredients, such as Hyaluronic acid, Glycerine and Sodium PCA. Our skin will thank us for it.
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