As we approach a new season it’s time to get thinking about our skin and how weather and temperatures affect it. To look after your skin- transitioning your skincare routine from season to season is an absolute must. As the seasons change from cooler to warmer so does humidity. During winter,humidity is less which means less moisture in your skin leaving it looking dull and feeling dry. In the warmer seasons, humidity is higher, which causes oil production and can leave your skin looking rather shiny.
I have created a skincare routine that can help you adjust as the seasons change from Winter through to Summer. First, we will talk about a basic routine and the importance of each step. Then I will show you how to tweak your routine for the cooler months as well as the warmer season coming up.
Cleansing removes makeup as well as any dirt and debris on your skin. Failing to wash your face can cause dirt to build up which block the follicles and trap dead skin cells, sebum and sweat. Washing your face twice a day will reduce breakouts and allow your skin to look fresh and radiant.
One of the most important things you can do to get your skin looking its best is to exfoliate. Not only does it prepare your skin for flawless makeup but does so much more. Exfoliating your skin removes dry and dead skin cells and helps regenerate new ones. It helps unclog pores, evens skin tone and helps boost circulation. There are two ways of exfoliating, mechanical or physical and chemical which uses either an acid or enzyme-based formula to remove the dead and dry skin cells. Try to exfoliate two to three times a week if you have normal/combination skin and once a week if you have sensitive skin.
A toner is not completely necessary, but a great addition to your skincare routine as it restores your skin’s natural PH levels. It also helps protect your skin by firming up your pores which reduces the chance of impurities entering your skin and damaging it.
Serums contain more concentrated levels of ingredients such as Vitamin C, E and K, that give your skin an extra boost of what it needs. Depending on the serum you use – they are able to reach deeper into your skin and can target a multitude of problems such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne, hyper-pigmentation, dark spots and enlarged pores.
5. Eye cream
Eye creams can reduce under-eye bags and puffiness, as well as delay premature wrinkles and fine lines in this very delicate area of your face. Normal moisturisers contain less concentrated ingredients than eye creams which are specifically designed for the thinner skin around your eyes. So, no matter your age, a great eye cream is a definite must-have in your skincare routine.
A moisturizers job is just that, to moisturize or hydrate the skin. It prevents your skin from becoming overly dry or oily, both of which could be damaging. It also reduces the chance of breakouts and wrinkles as well as soothes sensitive skin. Remember to apply moisture to your face as well as your neck for hydrated and youthful-looking skin.
7. Sunscreen & lip balm
Applying sunscreen before going out is a key step in protecting your skin from the suns damaging effects. It prevents premature wrinkles, skin cancer and hyper-pigmentation. No matter the season always be sure to include this into your skincare routine. Also, pop on a lip balm or oil to prevent your lips from chapping.
After establishing a basic skincare routine, that will best suit our skin during a particular season -we can begin to look at how to pick products. Here are a few product recommendations to add to your skincare routine in warmer or cooler temperatures:
How to look after your skin in the warmer months
In the summer months, we tend to wear less makeup and so our skin is likely to be on display a little more. We want to make sure it looks healthy and glowing as opposed to sweaty and shiny so here are a few things you can do to get your skin looking its best for the beautiful summer season.
You will want to lighten up the products you use as you don’t want as many heavy creams and oils on your skin. Try switching out your winter cleanser for a gel-based cleanser that will help against oil and shine. A great gel cleanser to use is Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel. It claims to help to purify the skin and regulate oil production which is exactly what is needed for the summertime.
When it comes to choosing your summer serums, try picking one that contains vitamin C. Vitamin C serums help prevent hyperpigmentation from those harsh sun rays. A product we recommend is Egena c20 20% stabilised vitamin c serum.
During the summer you want to be using more lightweight moisturisers that won’t leave your skin feeling oily but will still provide hydration. Olay Luminous Whip Active Moisturizer SPF 25 does just that. It leaves a smooth and matte finish, drying exceptionally fast.
And finally, the most important product to add to your summertime skincare routine is a great SPF 50 sunscreen. This is so important for preventing sunburns and protecting your skin from ageing, hyperpigmentation and even skin cancers. We highly recommend La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Ultra-Light Facial Sun Cream SPF50. This sunscreen is sweat, water and sand resistant. It is easy to apply and non-greasy so will be a perfect addition to your summer skincare collection.
How to look after your skin in the cooler months
In winter the cold can be really harsh on your skin so, our main goal through this time of year is to keep the skin hydrated as chilly winds and cold air can leave your skin feeling dry and dull.
A great way to lock in moisture is by starting your routine with a hydrating cleanser. A great option for a moisturising cleanser to use through the winter is Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish which is described as a rich and creamy cleanser.
A quick way to rehydrate dry skin in the winter is to use a face mask. By using a hydrating face mask, it enhances elasticity leaving your skin looking supple and fresh. A great face mask to add to your winter skincare is DR. Roebucks Icebergs Hydrating Mask.
Usually one of the first things that are affected by the cold weather are your lips. Dry and chapped lips can be really uncomfortable and leave your lipstick looking untidy, so just before autumn starts to peek its little head, try using a hydrating lip balm or oil. A great lip balm is Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Lip Balm.
A heavier hydrating moisturiser is super necessary for this dry season to keep your skin feeling soft and supple and leaving it looking radiant. Try out Tata Harper Crème Riche. This moisturiser is formulated with sixteen sources of hydration. So, it will definitely do the job in keeping your skin very well moisturised through the winter.
Consider exfoliating often through the cooler season. Depending on the type of exfoliator you choose this could be a daily, twice-weekly or weekly step but a necessary one to remove dry, dead skin cells and stimulate blood flow to the surface of your skin which will leave your skin hydrated, soft and youthful. An exfoliator to try out is Never A Dull Moment Skin-Brightening Face Polisher with Fruit Extracts.
A great skincare routine can make the world of difference to your skin, and adjusting it as the season’s change, ensures that it is preserved as well as it can be to keep you looking radiant and youthful.
I hope this post has helped show you how to do that and if you have made it to the end, I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know what your favourite skincare products are at the moment.