For many people, a seasonal skin care routine sounds like something that you only need if you treat skin care as a hobby and not as a necessity. However, a seasonal skin care routine is essential for anyone who wants to have clear, healthy skin, not just those who want to experiment with new products. If you aren’t convinced, consider these simple reasons that everyone should have a slightly different skin care routine for every time of year.
A Seasonal Skin Care Routine for Changing Climates
If you live in an area that has all four seasons of weather, it is very important that you establish a seasonal skin care routine. Your skin responds differently to different air temperatures, so it only stands to reason that you would need different products as well. For example, many people use a thick, heavy moisturizing cream in the winter to combat cold air and wind. During the summer, they will use light, gel-based products to avoid thick creams combining with sweat and clogging their pores.
Time Spent Outdoors
Depending on your lifestyle, you likely spend more time outdoors during certain times of year than you do at others. For example, an avid skier may be outside all day in the winter while a swimmer spends all their summer days outdoors. Any time you are going to be spending extra time outside, you need to use products that are formulated to give you extra protection from the elements, including dirt and oil in addition to the air temperature.
Always Use SPF
If there is one thing that should be constant in your skin care routine, it is protection from the sun. Many people do significant damage to their skin because of their mistaken belief that they only need sunscreen when they are laying out on the beach. In truth, the sun’s ultraviolet rays reach your skin all year long, whether through winter clouds or even through your window panes. Even on a day that you do not expect to spend long outside, you should at least use a moisturizer that has some SPF in the formula.
Your skin responds to its environment and your environment changes with the seasons. For this reason, you should have a different skin care routine for every time of year. Just remember that, no matter what the season, you should always be using skin care products that nourish your skin and protect it from the sun’s damaging rays.
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