Skincare and the seasons
As the seasons change, so does our skin and whether you have oily, dry or combination skin chances are you are probably going to have to make some small changes to your skin care routine, even if they are minor. If you are unsure of what your skin type is please refer to the figuring out your skin type guide.
The months of Summer and Spring are hot, warm and sunny, there is a lot of humidity in the air so you may find your skin is a little more oilier than usual.
Cleanser: For the warm weather there isn’t to much you need to change in the way of cleansers, you should be fine to stick to your regular cream or oil cleanser but just be sure you are cleansing twice as always to ensure all traces of makeup and impurities are removed. I love: *U Little Beauty Cream Cleanser, Trilogy Very Gentle Cleansing Cream, Nude Skincare Perfect Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes.
Moisturiser: Whilst hydration is still vital for drier skin types no matter what the season it’s best to cut back a little on the intense hydration products to avoid ending up with breakouts, clogged pores and oily looking skin so instead opt for lighter night creams and oil free moisturisers during the day which contain a minimum of SPF 25.
Treatment: During the warmer months you probably won’t find serums and oils necessary but may find that you do need some extra hydration and some deeper cleansing so once a week using a clay mask and follow with a hydrating mask to ensure that the skin doesn’t dry out, also be sure that you are exfoliating no more than once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells, oils and other impurities from the pores. I love: U Little Beauty Clay Based Facial Cleansing mask, *A’kin Jojo & Corn Gentle Exfoliating Scrub
Cleanser: If you haven’t yet done so it’s time to start using your foaming cleanser, this will help to cleanse the pores more thoroughly as skin may be prone to excess sweating and oiliness. I love: Sukin Foaming Cleanser, Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel.
Moisturiser: You’ll also be best to switch up your moisturiser to a lightweight oil free moisturiser and be sure to use a specific sunscreen or a moisturiser with at least SPF 25 during the day.
Treatment: As the pores can often become clogged during the summer time the skin may also benefit from a clay mask once a week and regular exfoliation (no more than twice a week) to help remove dirt and impurities from the skin.
During the cooler months there is a lack of humidity in the air this can cause the skin to become drier than normal so you may need a few extra products to help keep your skin from drying out, feeling tight and becoming flaky.
Cleanser: As someone with dry skin you should already be using a cream or oil cleanser to remove your makeup and remove the skin of any dirts, oils and impurities, for winter there isn’t much you need to change in terms of cleansing products. My favourite winter cleansers for dry skin: Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser, Planet Eve Organics Cleansing Oil.
Moisturiser: For winter time try using a night cream packed full of different natural oils and butters like shea butter and rosehip oil during the evening to ensure that skin gets optimal hydration, during the day time it’s best to still opt for a oil free moisturiser so that your makeup doesn’t slide off.
Treatment: You may find that having a dry skin type could cause your skin to go looking for extra hydration so try using a hydrating serum or a facial oil underneath your night cream. Be sure to exfoliate once or twice a week (no more than twice or you may damage the skin) to remove any dry patches. Once a week or every fortnight make an effort to use a hydrating face mask so that your skin stays extra smooth and hydrated. I love: Akin Rosehip Oil, Apivita Prickly Pear Hydrating Face Mask.
Cleanser: It’s very possible that in the cooler months your skin might feel a little tighter and maybe even drier than usual. Depending on how oily your skin is you may even notice some dry patches appearing. It’s best to switch your cleanser to a cleansing oil as this will help to balance out the oil production in the skin, it will hydrate the drier areas of your skin and will remove excess oil as oil is attracted to oil. I love: Nude Skincare Nude Skincare Perfect Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes, Planet Eve Organics Cleansing Oil.
Moisturiser: During the day time it’s best to stick with a light oil free lotion as you won’t want anything that makes your skin look greasy or feel oily, be sure that your moisturiser has at least SPF 25 in it, even if it’s rainy and cloudy outside as UVA/UVB rays are still present. For the evenings try using a night cream as apposed to a standard moisturiser for a little more hydration.
Treatment: Twice a week exfoliation with a gentle exfoliant should be sufficient, you may find hydrating masks a little to much for your skin but if you notice your skin getting drier it could be worth while popping on a face mask designed for hydration.
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