It is not a surprise to give attention to your skin. Why? Skin is considered the largest organ of the body covering 20 square feet. It also serves as your number one defence against microbes and regulates the temperature of your body.
People nowadays, especially the younger generation, are being intentional in taking care of their skin. Social media’s influence and the ease of access to information emphasise how healthy skin can be achieved through existing products and innovation in the skin care industry. Across the globe, skin care routine can vary as there are different seasons for each country.
Countries like Australia experience the winter season from June to August. Transition to the routine of the products that are being applied to the skin is important. Skin’s reaction to the change of season may result in loss of moisture.
According to Dr Debra Jaliman, a dermatologist in New York City, the coldness of air makes your blood vessels narrow for your body to contain its heat. The skin’s outer layer will become dull and dry, which leads to cracks and flakes.
Healthy skin will be maintained during winter by prioritising moisturisers. Boosting the moisture of your skin is a must when there is a drop in humidity. Another product you should consider is sheet masks to rejuvenate and soak your skin. Abnormal pigmentation may appear in your skin which can be prevented by antioxidants serums.
When winter is up, and you are now entering the summer season, it is time to change your skin care routine. Premature ageing of your skin might happen when there is too much exposure to sun rays. Tanning is good, but too much exposure brings damage to your skin. It might be reversible if not prevented.
Thick creams during winter may not apply to your skin at this time of the year. It is time to let your skin breathe by using serums and lighter lotions. If your skin is a normal skin type, you may use water-based moisturisers. If your skin tends to be oily, you can use gel-based moisturisers. For acne-prone skin, you can use facial sprays with minerals.
Sunscreen is a must during this season, with a minimum of SPF 30. It is recommended to apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before you expose yourself outdoors and even before swimming. Sunscreen minimises sun-related spots and can prevent the early onset of wrinkles.
Spring & Autumn: Transition Season
Spring is the end of the winter and the start of warmer weather. It serves as a transition season for your body. The skin can tolerate strong formulations and products that contain acids. Spring is the best time to exfoliate your skin and remove the flakes brought by the winter season. It is also the time to brighten your skin dulled by winter.
Autumn is the end of summer and the season before winter starts. As humidity drops during this season, it warns your skin to prepare for the dryness winter brings. Prepare your skin for winter by starting to use thicker moisturiser and lessen the use of exfoliating products.
Skin care is taking care of your whole body. When your skin is healthy, you have done a great job in making your body healthy.