How to Choose the Right Skincare Products for Every Season
Choosing the right skincare products for every season isn’t difficult. When seasons change, skincare routines require adjustments. Depending on where you live, you’ll want to make choices according to the climate in your region. Whether it’s high humidity levels, dryness, or a combination of both, what skincare products do you need to develop a skincare routine?
Products for Every Season
With seasonal changes, there are simple skin care tips to follow, especially in selecting the products you decide to use. Whether you have dry, oily, combination, or sensitive skin, there are products that will work for you no matter the season. If you aren’t sure what type of skin you have, start with a short quiz to help you learn more.
Here’s a rundown of some products for every season.
Products for Colder Seasons
During the colder months of the year, skin requires protection from the elements. With the lack of moisture in the air, skin is subject to dryness, chafing, irritation, cracking, and even conditions like Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, and other less serious skin allergies. Also, any exposure to the sun requires daily sunscreen protection. This is important all year round!
Whether it’s facial cleansers, moisturizers, lip moisturizers, hand and body creams, and serums, the following list of product suggestions and ingredients are helpful in choosing skincare products for all seasons.
Use soap-free cleansers that gently cleanse and hydrate at the same time. You want products that are both gentle and fragrance-free. They should contain hyaluronic acid, ceramide, glycerin, and other floral ingredients like rose hips that are protective of the skin. In general, if you have dry and/or dehydrated skin, steer clear of foaming cleansers most are made with alcohol.
Find facial moisturizers that contain vitamins A, C, and E along with antioxidant fruit complexes, peptides, and enriching skin oils. Quality skin ingredients include squalane, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramide, niacinamide, and aloe vera. After you wash your face, bathe or shower in lukewarm water, you then want to enrich, replenish and hydrate your skin with moisturizers or serums.
Lip salves or balms that contain shea butter, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, jojoba oil, coconut oil along sugar crystals can help to exfoliate dry lips while hydrating and softening the lip area. Lip balms that contain sunscreen are important as well, especially for those living at higher altitudes or in geographic areas with a lot of sun exposure.
Hand and Body Creams
Wear gloves to protect your hands and nails from the cold and dry air and apply sunscreen during warm seasons. You want to alleviate splits and cracks in cuticles and nails. For the hands, select creams with shea butter, allantoin, and lanolin. With overall body skin, you want lotions and creams that contain grapeseed oil, ceramides, and powerful humectants such as glycerin and vitamins B5 and E. Remember, skin is the largest organ of the human body, so be mindful of what you put on it.
One of the main environmental factors that ages our skin is ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. In fact, it’s estimated that 90% of skin aging is due to the effects of the sun. Not only does the sun prematurely age our skin, but photoaging–or solar damage–can also lead to skin cancer.
Use 100 percent mineral sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. Pure mineral sunscreens are those made with Titanium Dioxide and/ or Zinc Oxide these prevent sunburn and overexposure to the sun. With exposure and sunburn that comes with both dry and cold air and moist and hot air along with exposure through outdoor activities, make sure you slather up enough to prevent overexposure and sunburn. If your activities include sweating and water, don’t forget to re-apply! Be careful on cloudy days because you are still exposed to full-spectrum rays and people commonly get accidentally sunburned on overcast days!
Fall skincare tips involve not foregoing the use of sunscreen. Even though the air seems cooler and the sun is less intense, applying sunscreen every day is important whether you go out and about or spend the day sweeping leaves from your yard.
As far as moisturizing your skin, whether face or body, you’ll need somewhat thicker creams or lotions during colder months that provide hydration to the skin. You’ll also want to invest in hand creams that protect against dry and cracked hands. Long-lasting hydration is available through formulations that contain shea butter, allantoin, glycerin, and essential oils.
Spring and Summer Months
With spring and summer weather, you think of being outdoors or working in your yard or garden. That means exposure to the sun and sun damage. An all-around pure mineral sunscreen for both female and male skincare is important. Even if you know your skin type, you’ll want to know how resistant you are to ultraviolet rays. Consult with a physician about any precautions you should take. Don’t forget to apply enough sunscreen to protect face and body skin. For added protection, wear hats, sunglasses, cotton clothing, or impenetrable shirts and shorts.
If you grew up in a sunny place and have sun-damaged skin that you feel self-conscious about, there are things you can do to heal aging skin and minimize the appearance of sun damage. Radio Frequency (RFN) Micro-Needling is a non-invasive, tried, and true procedure that many find effective. RFN is a good option for all skin types and ages. Having a healthy glow can really make a difference and make you feel more confident. Another great procedure for sun-damaged skin is BBL (BroadBand Light)/ IPL (Intense Pulse Light) lasers.
Whatever season you’re in, and whatever your skin type, there are products that cover your needs. Determine your skin type and go with what works for you. Stay with the combination as long as it’s working. Not every combination is right, but if you experiment enough with products and their ingredients, you should be able to go from season to season without difficulty. If you need assistance consult with a Skincare physician that can recommend a personalized treatment plan. Keep in mind moisturization and consistent use of sunscreen. They’re both saving graces in any season.