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Seasonal Skin Care Basics

April 29, 2014

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This weekend, I took to the task of spring-cleaning to usher in the (hopefully) warmer weather of spring. You know the drill: clean your apartment from floor to ceiling, open the windows to let in the fresh air, and switch out your heavy winter wardrobe for lighter springtime garb. This year, however, I also included switching out my skin care routine.

Like the rest of your body, your skin needs season-specific protection from the elements. The dry, cold wind in the winter has different effects on your skin than the humidity and sun in the summer. For this reason, many skin care experts suggest adjusting your skin care regimen as a new season begins.

Though everyone’s skin is different, and is irritated by different things, there are a few guidelines that you can follow to ensure that you’re ready for whatever the weather throws at you.

Your Guide to Seasonal Skincare

Layers: The easiest way to create a seasonal yet relatively consistent skin care regimen is to layer skin care products throughout the year. In the summer, use a light serum or moisturizer and add heavier moisturizing products on top of it as winter approaches. This way, you can simply shed layers as the weather gets warmer and add them as it gets chillier.

Hydration: As most of you know, skin and hair health begins with what types of foods you consume. Staying hydrated is important for skin health, especially in the winter, when heating systems can zap moisture from your body. Be sure to drink enough water and replace your electrolytes throughout the day. Drinking Coconut water, eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and adding chia seeds to your beverages are all good ways of ensuring that you’re getting enough hydration and electrolytes in your diet.

Sunscreen: This may be a no-brainer, but a top layer of sunscreen is essential to keeping your skin healthy year-round. Yes, that means even in the dead of winter. Adding sunscreen over your moisturizer (or using a natural moisturizer with SPF) will also act as another barrier against the elements, allowing your skin to retain more of its natural moisture.

Remember, all skin is different, so tweaks may be necessary to adjust your regimen. You may even want to check out alternative methods such as oil cleansing!

How do you adjust your skin care routine throughout the year? Share your tips in the comment section below!