The skin’s primary role is to protect us from the external environment, so with this in mind, it makes sense that it changes in sync with the seasons. Rather than being stagnant, the skin has fluctuating needs depending on temperature shifts, levels of sun exposure and other environmental factors (from pollution to central heating). So it’s essential we tweak and adapt our products seasonally to support our skin needs. When we make small adjustments to our routine and arsenal of products throughout the year, we ensure that our skin remains healthy and hydrated, whatever the weather.
Spring and Summer
Increased humidity in the warmer months calls for lightweight versions of our regular products. Swap out your richer heavy creams for gel or lotion textures and water-based formulations. Look for non-comedogenic products that won’t clog the pores when we’re prone to producing more sweat. SPF protection is vital all year-round, but paramount in summer when the sun is strong and we spend more time outside and long days at the beach. Use a broad spectrum SPF 50 + as the final step in your routine each morning reapplying as needed. In terms of serums, I like to incorporate formulations with Hyaluronic acid for hydration and Vitamin C for an extra layer of antioxidant protection. Facial mists can also be a saving grace! A few spritzes throughout the day provides an instant pick-me-up. I also like to swap out full-coverage makeup for tinted moisturisers or just a dab of concealer where required.
Autumn and Winter
When it’s cold outside, it can be tempting to indulge in hot showers or baths. Unfortunately, hot water can be incredibly harsh and drying on the skin, so aim for warm temperatures instead. Exposure to indoor heating can have a similar effect. Add in restorative lipid-rich formulations to really nourish the skin in Autumn and Winter. I like using cleansing oils and balms, as well as emollient or occlusive moisturisers with fatty acids, plant oils and nutrients that enhance the skin’s barrier function and seal in moisture. Incorporate a rich oil into your regime either after your moisturiser or add a few drops into the moisturiser to increase its lipid content. Exfoliating three times a week helps to boost skin’s radiance and glow, encouraging cell turnover (which slows in the colder months). Applying a cream mask as a deeply hydrating overnight treatment is another great way to give the skin an extra dose of nourishment. Don’t forget SPF even when it’s overcast or grey; I recommend an SPF of at least 30+ as an Autumn and Winter skincare staple.