How Season Change Affect Your Skin
Using common sense and adjusting your skin care products are the keys. With every season, reclassify your skin “type” and revaluate your regimen based on that. Your skin will let you know what it needs: Is it feeling oily, dry, or irritated? Is it breaking out much more?
In a warm, humid climate you may want to use an oil-free sunscreen as your daily moisturizer and apply a lightweight moisturizer at night before bed. If you have oily skin, you may be able to skip moisturizer at night altogether. Simply put, unless your skin is extremely dry, it’s getting moisture from the air and not losing as much water either. You’re not producing more oil (although it sure feels like it); you’re just not losing the moisture that you already have in your epidermis. You can use an astringent toner (containing witch hazel or alcohol) to clean especially oily areas of your face. Humidity is actually hydrating and very healthy for your skin (although it doesn’t always feel like it on a hot day when you’re sweating up a storm). And remember that sweating is the body’s biofeedback mechanism to cool you off.
It’s dry air that causes trouble. Cold, dry air does a number on your skin as the humidity drops. Use a creamy lotion cleanser and a richer moisturizer containing humectants (such as hyaluronic acid or glycerine) to attract whatever moisture is in the atmosphere and occlusive emollients like squalene to seal it in. Using a humidifier in your home is a great antidote in an arid atmosphere too. Also, cut bathing time down to the bare minimum and make sure the water is warm, not hot. As wonderful as a long hot bath or shower feels on a cold day, it’s dehydrating in the extreme. Don’t forget to follow it up by moisturizing with a rich body lotion or cream.