So, how can you get a jump on beauty? With a few small tweaks to your regime, your skin could be looking radiantly healthy all year.
Remember: alongside skincare, diet plays a pivotal role. Eating the right kind of foods to care for your skin is going to be crucial, but using serums, moisturisers, and cleansers in the right way can have a huge impact.
With the sun starting to appear, people often wonder how to modify their beauty regimes. Spring skincare plays an important role in preparing for Summer.
Just as this season sees a flurry of new life, Spring can be the perfect time to refresh your skin.
Remove dead skin cells by exfoliating. This can be done using a loofah or an exfoliating product. Experts consider this one of the keys to good skin health. As our bodies change and adapt to the seasons, we can help things along by shedding additional dead cells.
Looking for something more powerful? Dermabrasion is a process of sanding away dead skin. A more extreme version of exfoliating, this procedure is performed by a dermatologist and completely clears the way for a new, softer layer of skin.
It can also be beneficial to lighten the load. By mixing a lightweight product (essence, toner) in with your moisturiser, it’s possible to thin the solution.
Using a less creamy moisturiser is ideal for the hotter, more humid months. As the skin is already hydrated, there is no reason to create an oily layer. Doing so could lead to a proliferation of spots.
When the sun is in full force, our bodies face a different kind of threat! If not protected from UV rays, the sun can severely damage our skin, while sweat can lead to spot breakouts. Not a great combination.
Why do so many beauty websites mention sun cream? It should be as much a part of your daily Summer regime as a good quality moisturiser.
Sunburn is more serious than people think. When ultraviolet rays (UV) hit our skin, our cells produce melanin to absorb them. Tans are literally a self-defense mechanism.
If melanin is overwhelmed by UV rays, tans develop into sunburn. This is when radiation from the UV rays damages the DNA in our skin cells, causing them to die. The body floods the affected area with blood to help healing.
Bad sunburn is similar to the damage caused by fire, causing blistering and even cancer. Using a good sun cream is absolutely vital as this helps to deflect UV rays.
It’s also important to clean the skin frequently with a cleanser during the hotter months. This is to remove sweat, which can cause dead skin and oil to be trapped in the pores. Once trapped, bacteria triggers inflammation, which leads to spots.
When the temperature starts to change from warm to cold, it’s important to use a good moisturiser. This is to protect against the shock of dryness.
Compared with Summer, Autumn can be a dramatic change for our skin. As the air becomes drier, losing moisture once again becomes a concern.
Our lips can often be badly affected by seasonal changes. By devoting some time now, it’s possible to protect them for the winter. Use plenty of natural lip balm to keep lips moisturised.
As mentioned earlier, the Summer heat stimulates our sebaceous glands to create more oils, leading to clogged pores. This can create the outward appearance of skin blemishes and spots. UV rays from the sun can also weaken collagen and elastin, further increasing the size of our pores.
Using a good quality serum can help with the process of cleaning pores, bringing them back to a normal state during the cooler months.
It can also be an idea to reduce the overall amount of products we use in our Autumn skincare routine:
As temperature drops, our skin becomes highly sensitive. It’s better to moisturise and clean gently during this period, allowing the natural process of building collagen to occur.
With temperatures plummeting, it’s easy to despair. For all the benefits Winter brings us - the chance to try out great coats, snowflakes, Christmas with the family - it can wreck havoc with our skin. The drop in humidity combined with indoor heating can leave us dehydrated, while the lack of sunshine saps our complexion!
Which body part do you always notice drying first? Hands. Because they have fewer oil-producing sebaceous glands, they can’t protect themselves from losing moisture. As Winter is the driest season, you can imagine the trouble this causes.
Natural skin oils play a key role in keeping our skin moisturised and healthy.
If oil plays such an important role, how can we stop losing it?
Ditch the scalding showers! They might be fun, but hot water and soap can strip our skin of its natural oils. Try warm water instead.
Locking in moisture by applying lotion after a shower is one of the most effective ways to keep skin hydrated. After stepping out, lightly pat yourself down with a towel. Too much wiping can reabsorb moisture. Then, quickly apply the lotion to the slightly damp skin. This oily layer stops water from evaporating.
To reap the full benefits of Winter skincare, you could invest in a good quality serum. Applied directly after cleansing and before locking in moisture, serums are made up of small molecules that actually penetrate the skin - delivering potent chemicals to reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate cells.
Caring for skin is an active commitment. No matter how many skincare products we own, we must learn how and when to use them. Making dietary changes and keeping track of the seasons can make a world of difference.