How Seasonal Changes Can Affect Your Skin
Sad that summer’s almost over? Us, too. But it’s time to wipe away the tears, ladies. We’ve got bigger fish to fry than sitting around moping over the end of swimsuit season. There’s outfits to be swapped and skin to be prepped for the impending drop in temperature. Speaking of changing seasons, have you ever noticed that right on the cusp of when summer becomes fall—and when fall becomes winter, winter becomes spring, and spring becomes summer, for that matter—your skin appears a little less radiant, and breakouts—dormant up until that point—begin to rear their ugly heads? Ever wonder why your complexion seems to change with the seasons? Keep reading.
It’s a common woe that afflicts many. As the seasons change, your skin care routine must follow suit. The reason is quite simple, actually. Think about your summertime moisturizer, for instance. It’s most likely a lightweight formula that doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin. When the temperatures are hotter than hot, the last thing anybody wants to do is slather a thick, greasy cream onto their complexion. In fact, it’s commonly advised that you not do such a thing. But in the wintertime, when temps are borderline freezing and wind gusts are at an all-time high, the skin becomes drier and thirstier. In this case, your summertime gel moisturizer might not be as effective as, say, a heavy-duty, rich moisturizer formulated with a selection of extracts and oils.
So, as we gear up for the season of pumpkin-spiced everything, it’s time to think about the way in which our skin might suffer as a result of the transition. The good news is that if you’re ahead of it and well-prepared, any abysmal side effects can be carefully thwarted.
This one’s a biggie, thanks to the inevitable drop in humidity levels come autumn. When the air is dry, it sucks moisture from the skin, making it more susceptible to a dry, cracked, and rough appearance. To keep flakiness at bay, make sure you’re moisturizing your skin daily with a thick, non-comedogenic face cream that’s formulated for your skin type. Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Rich Cream is a great option for lasting hydration. Extend the love to your limbs as well with a body cream post-shower. If the air in your home is dry, consider investing in a humidifier.
Cold-weather seasons are notorious for their frigid temps, but also for their carb-rich foods. Going from fresh summer salads to bowls of apple pie with ice cream can come with side effects other than a potential weight gain. Talk to your dermatologist if you’re concerned. It never hurts to stick to a healthy diet of colorful fruits and vegetables, though.
Switching from the warm indoors to the cold outdoors—even just to walk to your car or office—can wreak havoc on our complexions. The sudden, drastic change in temperature can cause our skin’s capillaries to contract and become more visible on the surface. Rosy cheeks (and not the good kind) can occur as a result. Before heading out into the cold, cover your face with a scarf to shield it from harsh temperatures. Keep it moisturized at all times and protected against environmental aggressors with sunscreen—yes, you need it even if it’s cold out—and other barrier creams.