Weather changes can sometimes have an adverse effect on your skin. If you live in a country that experiences all four seasons in a year, it is vital to understand how each season affects your skin. Even if you are not living in a country that experiences autumn or winter, it is necessary to arm yourself with the knowledge you need when traveling to another country that experiences a change of seasons. Here are some ways you can maintain and restore your skin’s health when exposed to drastic weather changes.
When we think of spring, we think of birds chirping and singing, flowers blooming, and creatures coming out of their hidey holes after a long hibernation. Although winter has ended, and spring has arrived with promises of new beginnings, you should adhere to a fairly consistent skin care regime that keeps you looking fresh in spring. Weather is still chilly at this time of the year, so ensure that your skin is adequately hydrated and moisturised. The season of spring also means spending more time outdoors, so make sure that you are wearing adequate sunscreen with enough protection to last the trip. Even though the weather is still a little chilly, the humidity steadily increases throughout the season until it peaks in the summer.
Time to hit the beach in your best bikini bod! Whether you are relaxing by the beach or getting that perfect tan, it is important that you wear adequate sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, especially if you are spending long hours in the sun. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen on the back of your hands, neck and face as the skin or demis covering these parts of your body is relatively thinner than the skin covering other parts of your body. Prolonged exposure to UV rays without enough sunscreen can lead to premature ageing over time. Extended exposure will damage skin cells altering the structure of the DNA and increasing the risk of skin cancer.
If you need to keep your skin hydrated in summer, stick with lightweight moisturisers instead of heavy, rich moisturiser. This is because when humidity is at its highest, the skin produces relatively more oil or sebum than usual, causing it to be acne prone.
Autumn is the season that marks the fast approaching winter. Temperatures starts to dip, and the humidity starts to decrease, the air gets drier. This season is crucial for keeping both your hands and skin moisturised. Make sure that you are exfoliating your skin and removing dead skin cells before you moisturise. This will ensure that the moisturising agent that you are using will penetrate your skin deeper and faster. Speaking of moisturisers, switch to a heavy moisturising cream to hydrate your skin during the dry season. Overnight moisturising face masks and creams will do wonders to keep your skin soft and supple after you wake up.
Snowflakes drifting down from the sky are a sight to behold. Invoking a peaceful, yet romantic atmosphere, winter is a season of joy and celebration. It is no surprise that winter is also the coldest season of the year. Frigid temperatures, dry cold air are the main culprits of dry skin and other unsightly skin conditions.
Cold weather essentially saps the moisture from the air and the drop in humidity exacerbates the entire situation as well. When the temperature in the air drops, our bodies immediately work towards retaining as much heat as possible by constricting blood vessels. This in turn causes the outermost layers of the skin to dry out and become dull, making it vulnerable to irritation and flaky skin. The best way to retain your skin’s natural oils or even sealing in or maintaining optimum moisture levels in the skin is to hydrate your skin with a serum or a lotion before stepping out of the house. You could also use a hydrating cleanser to wash your face instead of harsh soaps that strip the skin of its natural oils.
Typically, the average household will ramp up indoor heating as a way to combat the cold temperature. This is all well and good until the open heat source that you are practically hovering over leaves your skin dry as a fallen leaf in autumn. Indoor heating essentially sucks the moisture from the air. To avoid drying out, keep a distance from the open heat source and instead of relying solely on indoor heating to stay warm, wear more layers and warm yourself up with a warm beverage. Please avoid alcohol as much as you can in winter, as beverages with alcohol can lead to your skin drying up faster.
One common mistake that most tend to make in winter is taking a bath or shower in hot, scalding waters. Although they warm us up instantly, taking hot showers will deplete the skin’s natural oils. If you really need a shower to beat the cold, turn the knob down a little and take a warm one instead. Stay hydrated longer after a shower when you apply lotion to your body on slightly damp skin. This is will ensure that the moisture is locked into your skin, keeping it hydrated for longer periods at a time.
Whether you are traveling or living overseas, the drastic changes in the weather can affect your skin in more than one way. The general rule of thumb for taking care of your skin is to make sure that your skin is hydrated in cold weather, when the air is drier and humidity is at its lowest and to apply generous amounts of sunscreen when you are outdoors froclicking in the sun. It is also important to pay attention to the signals that your skin is sending you.