Why do I change my product regimen from fall/winter to spring/summer?
- Posted on: Feb 28 2023
Soon, it will be time to put away your winter jackets and get ready for the spring and summer months. But your wardrobe isn’t the only thing you need to update – it’s best to adjust your skin care routine when seasons change as well.
Warm air typically holds much more moisture and humidity than cold air. So, what works for your skin during cold Colorado winters is probably not the best choice for the sunny days of spring and summer.
To learn more about the skin care product changes you might need for the upcoming season, contact Asarch Dermatology today. When it’s time to swap your products, our skin care experts will make sure that you are ready!
What skin changes take place during spring and summer?
With more moisture and humidity in the air, your skin will likely produce more sweat and natural oils. Spending more time outdoors also makes you more prone to UV exposure and sun damage. But that’s not all – blooming flowers and plants in the spring add allergens to the air that can irritate your skin.
Do you have more acne breakouts in the spring and summer? You’re not alone. Warm weather speeds up your skin cell production, and when the dead skin cells mix with your excess sweat and oils, breakouts happen.
How might your skin care change for spring and summer?
The thicker, heavier products used to moisturize your skin in fall and winter could make your skin feel greasy in warm weather, especially if you have oily skin. Put your creams away and opt for lightweight, water-based gels and lotions instead. To remove excess oil build-up without irritating your skin, you can also try a water-based micellar cleanser.
Most importantly, wearing sunscreen is crucial to preventing UV damage, premature aging, and skin cancer. Asarch Dermatology recommends wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher all year long – however, you should apply it more often during spring and summer, especially if you spend time outdoors. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that wearing sunscreen every day can reduce your risk of developing carcinoma by 40% and melanoma by 50%.
What skin changes take place during fall and winter?
When summer comes to an end, your Asarch dermatologist can help you prepare for fall and winter weather as well. The combination of cold, dry air and lower UV rays strips away your skin’s natural oils, making it more susceptible to itchiness and irritation.
Skin cell production decreases in colder temperatures and your dead skin cells shed less, often leaving you with a dull, flaky complexion. Cranking up the heat at home can dry your skin out even further.
How might your skin care change for fall and winter?
It all comes down to one thing: moisture. During fall and winter, it’s best to moisturize your skin throughout the day and within a few minutes after you wash or shower. Speaking of showers: while a long, hot shower may sound great after a cold winter day, Harvard Medical School recommends showering in warm water for no more than 10 minutes to prevent dry skin.
Use cream-based moisturizers and gentle cleansers to help keep your skin hydrated. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) also have hydrating properties, making them ideal additions to your cold-weather skin care routine.
Asarch Dermatology takes care of your skin in every season
The weather is uncontrollable, but thankfully your skin care isn’t! If the seasons are changing and your skin is struggling, schedule an appointment with Asarch Dermatology today so we can create a plan of action together. Your dermatologist can recommend skin care products, treatments, and more to help your skin adjust as needed and stay healthy all year long.
At Asarch Dermatology, we’re committed to providing patients of all ages with personalized attention and exceptional skin care. Visit us in Englewood, Castle Rock, or Lakewood for a positive experience that can make a world of difference for your skin – whatever the season may be.