As we bid adieu to summer and welcome autumn’s chill, our skin requires some extra care. Just like we switch up our wardrobes, our skincare routine needs a seasonal update too. With the weather getting colder and drier, our skin can lose its moisture, which can lead to dryness. Moreover, the changing weather can make our skin either oilier or drier than before.
Utkarsha Chaudhary – National Training Head at Boddess Beauty, says, “Use richer moisturizers, soothing serums, and gentle exfoliants to protect your skin from the changing conditions. This way, you can keep your skin glowing and healthy throughout the season. So, just like nature changes its colours, let your skincare routine change with the seasons too. Embrace the autumn vibe and let your skin glow with the fall’s beauty.”
It is important to understand that the skin issues one faces in winter are completely different from what one faces during the summer months. Hence, it is only viable to change your skincare needs as per the seasonal needs because that way you have got yourself covered extensively. However, before one goes ahead and does so it is pivotal to know the difference between the skin issues we face over the summer and the winter months.
Dr Priya Puja, M.D. , M.R.C.P ( SCE , Dermatology), Head Medical Advisor, North and East, Kaya Ltd stated, ” During the winter months, the air becomes cold and dry, which can lead to a loss of moisture in the skin. Indoor heating further exacerbates this problem, resulting in dry, flaky, and sometimes itchy skin. Those with eczema or psoriasis often experience worsening symptoms in the winter due to the dry, harsh conditions.”
While explaining the skin issues faced during the summer months, she said, “Increased sun exposure during the summer can lead to sunburn, premature ageing, and an elevated risk of skin cancer. Heat and humidity can stimulate excess oil production, causing acne flare-ups. The combination of sweat and friction can lead to heat rashes, characterized by itchy, red bumps on the skin.”
“As a dermatologist, I stress the importance of acknowledging seasonal variations in skincare because they directly impact the health and appearance of your skin. Adjusting your skincare routine with the seasons is not just about aesthetics but also about maintaining the skin’s overall health and function,” she further added.
Dr. Puja also shared some valuable tips on how altering skincare routines as per seasonal demands can do us a world of good-
- Hydration:In the winter, it’s crucial to switch to richer, more hydrating moisturizers to combat dryness. During the summer, lightweight, oil-free moisturizers can help prevent excessive oiliness.
- Sun Protection:Regardless of the season, daily sun protection is non-negotiable. The strength of your sunscreen may need adjustment, but protecting your skin from UV rays remains essential year-round.
- Cleansing:Modify your cleansing routine to address the varying levels of sweat and oil production. A gentle, hydrating cleanser can help in the dry winter months, while a salicylic acid cleanser may be beneficial for controlling oiliness in the summer.
- Exfoliation:While exfoliation is beneficial, it’s important not to overdo it, as this can exacerbate dryness in winter and increase sensitivity in summer.
- Specialized Treatments:Consider using serums or treatments with specific ingredients to target your skin’s seasonal concerns. Antioxidants can help combat UV damage, while soothing ingredients such as aloe vera can provide relief for sun-exposed skin.
- Lifestyle Adjustments:Adequate hydration and a balanced diet are crucial year-round. Be attentive to your skin’s response to environmental changes and adjust your skincare routine accordingly.
Your skin deserves all the love and care for all that it has to endure in the form of weather change, pollution and so forth.