Though every state has a slightly different climate, almost all of us have to put up with seasonal weather transitions. And regardless of how subtle (or drastic!) those changes may be, it’s not just our minds that have to accept when winter is coming or summer is ending — our skin has to adjust too, therefore changing your skin care routine seasonally is crucial.
You may say “Okay, I’ll add SPF to my routine in the spring and summer, then slap on some extra moisturizer in the winter months” but these changes aren’t enough. As the weather changes, your complexion needs a little extra TLC.
To understand why, consider what your body puts up with during all of the different seasons. In the summer, the air conditioning is cranking — you inevitably wake up with a dry throat and chapped lips from such dry air. Same in the winter when you turn up the heat — but then add in some night sweating because you’re piling the blankets on your body at night. During the winter you move from heated buildings to freezing temperatures, and in the summer you transition from sticky humidity into intensely air conditioned buildings. You may be taking hotter showers in the winter to warm up, drinking less water because it’s not as hot outside, and your diet probably changes based on what’s available seasonally where you live.
These extremes and transitions are a lot for your skin to be putting up with, and it’s your job to help your body deal with the changing temperatures as best you can.
To start, meet with a dermatologist or skin expert to discuss any specific problems or concerns. As the seasons begin to end or begin, be aware of how your skin feels as the weather changes. Then, check out our lists of dos and don’ts for each seasonal transition!