Adapting your skincare as per the changing season is definitely something worth considering, and here is why:
Changes in the temperature, variations in levels of humidity, sun exposure, and numerous other environmental stressors, all have an impact on your skin. So, you might need to adjust certain aspects of your skincare in order to prepare your skin and ensure that it functions optimally during any seasonal transitions.
In case your existing skincare routine works perfectly for you all through the year, you probably don’t have to make any changes as such. But, if you notice particular skincare concerns emerging as a new season approach, it can be a sign that you need to tweak your skincare up a bit.
Skincare during summers and spring
During the warmer months, your skin does not really require rich texture the way it does in the colder season, so you should opt for lightweight versions of all your skincare products. With the heat and humidity already doing the job of keeping your skin hydrated, you can go for lighter, more water-based serums and moisturizers as they feel far more comfortable on the skin in the hot weather.
When it is warm, your target should be hydration and sun protection. For your hydration needs, a light moisturizer and hyaluronic acid serum would suffice, but make sure your routine includes an effective sunscreen to protect your skin from all types of sun damage. Also, try to reapply sunscreen every two hours if you are under the sun for longer periods of time.
Some of the most beneficial ingredients to look for in your summer skincare includes Vitamin C (a great combination with sunscreen), Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Salicylic Acid, and Aloe Vera.
Pro tip: Since sweating brings more oil up to the skin's surface, you might want to look for products that control or reduce oil in the skin.
Check out our summer and spring skin-favourites:
Skincare during winters and autumn
As the temperature drops, so does the humidity in the air. Your aim should be to provide consistent hydration and moisture to your skin in the winter months as more water tends to evaporate through the skin - a phenomenon known as transepidermal water loss. Feed your skin formulations that are rich, heavy, and high in oil and water content to maintain the skin's hydration and moisture levels and to ensure the skin barrier is well-protected.
It is best to stay away from products that contain alcohol, SLS, or astringent, as they strip away the natural oils from the skin, leading to increased dryness. Instead, choose gentle, non-stripping cleansers, creamy moisturizers, oil-based serums, and any product that provides deep hydration and moisture to your parched skin.
Since nourishment and protection are your key concerns in the cooler months, you should look for nutrient-rich products that contain hyaluronic acid, botanical oils like argan oil and squalane, and fatty acids like ceramides, as they all help with strengthening the skin barrier.
Pro tip: Make sure you do not skip out on SPF in the winters as your skin is susceptible to sun damage all year round.
Check out our winter and autumn skin-favourites:
The bottom line here is that while your skincare routine certainly does not require a 360-degree transformation from season to season, a few minor changes in terms of textures and ingredients of products can make a world of a difference to your skin health.
But remember, the trick with transitional skincare routines is consistency. On average, it takes about 28 days for skin cells to turn over, and consequently, any new product might take up to a month to start working. So be patient and have faith in your skin and your own instincts because we, for one, are certain that you will do right by your skin.