With the change of season we see changes in temperature, humidity, wind and UV exposure.
When the weather is warm it is more humid, which means there is a lot more moisture in the air.
We sweat to regulate body temperature, not replenishing our bodies with enough water and our skin with a quality moisturiser causes dehydration in the skin. If our skin is dehydrated, this will signal the sebaceous glands to create more oil. This can lead to an excessive amount of undesirable oil or worse, break outs. We also are exposed to harsher sun rays and tend to be outdoors more than in winter.
This defiantly does not mean you should be less concerned with sun exposure in winter! UVB rays (burning rays) are not as strong as in summer but can still damage your skin all year round. UVA rays (aging rays) remain constant all year and can penetrate through fog, clouds and even through glass! That’s right, without a broad-spectrum sunscreen as a part of your daily routine, you could be unknowingly subjecting your skin to harmful rays that cause premature aging.
When the temperature becomes cooler and humidity levels lower, the air becomes drier and this draws moisture away from the skin. Central heating, fireplaces, chilly winds and hotter showers can strip your skin of its natural oils and draw moisture away as well. But of course, I’m not saying you should go without any of these essential comforts of winter, but we can take some strain of a dry skin. When our skin has been exposed to one of the above comforts of winter, we should always replenish the skin as soon as possible!
For example, if you are like me and love an extra hot shower (even though you know it is the worst possible thing for your already super dry fragile skin :/) Then you should moisturise ASAP! Imagine the longer your skin is unprotected by a barrier the more precious moisture escapes and the more stress you put on your skin.
Whether you’re a super oily skin, dry skin or somewhere in-between I would highly recommend coming in and checking in with your skin therapist to see how the change in temp has or could be affecting your skin. Simply adding actives to your moisturiser or adjusting your treatment plan could benefit your skin more then you realise!