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You’ve got a skin care routine that seems to work, and you’ve been sticking to it. But occasionally, you notice changes in your skin when the weather is transitioning. While this is completely normal, we have a few tricks to help you stay on top of your skin’s health—no matter the season!
Spring is the season for renewal—with clear skies and blooming flowers on their way! Your skin will be recovering from the cool, dryer months, making this one of the most important seasons for skin care.
When the weather is cooler, even here in California, some individuals switch to a heavier moisturizer to prevent cracking and drying. But when spring approaches, thick products should be swapped for something lighter. This will help your skin “breathe” and prevent breakouts in the weather’s transition period.
In addition to moisturizing, exfoliation is an important step in reviving your skin’s natural glow. While most people wouldn’t think to exfoliate dry skin, a gentle cleanser can help remove dead skin and clear your pores! Just make sure you choose a product that safely exfoliates, unlike a harsh, rough scrub.
Summer skin care is fairly similar to spring, but there are a few essential steps you can’t miss out on when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
Moisturizers should still be light, as you’ll be sweating more during this time of year. But the difference between spring and summer is the amount of SPF. Hot, summer days can result in serious sun damage, so make sure your moisturizer is doing its job. In addition to your daily face lotion, you should be sure to have sunscreen on deck at all times. While moisturizers with SPF can prevent a good amount of sun damage, they won’t be much help in preventing sunburn when you’re exposed to UV rays for hours on end.
In addition to sun damage, many people struggle with oiliness and redness during the summer months. If your skin gets shiny during this time of year, switching to oil-free skin care products will make all the difference! Plus, routine facials or peels can also cut down on oil buildup, redness and breakouts.
Since fall isn’t as severe as the winter months, you may be able to stretch out the use of your light spring and summer moisturizer a while longer than expected. But if the temperature drops and the air becomes dry, revisiting a heavier product may be for the best.
Similar to the transition from spring the summer, exfoliation in the fall is a must. Clearing your skin of dead cells, dirt and sun damage will help reveal smooth, renewed skin and brighten your appearance. Your skin may be very delicate towards the start of the fall season, so pay attention to which products are helpful and avoid anything that seems to irritate your skin.
Though winter isn’t too cold here in Palo Alto, there are still precautions you need to take in order to avoid any serious skin damage.
As mentioned, heavy moisturizers aren’t always necessary in the fall—but they are a must in the winter. Even if it doesn’t feel that cold outside, chances are the air is still dry, which in turn could dry out your skin. And once your skin lacks moisture and starts to crack and tighten, it is much more difficult to repair. To prevent this from happening, don’t skimp on your daily lotions and creams!
Routine peels and facials are also a great idea during the winter months, as they can help restore skin and lock in needed hydration. In fact, winter is the safest time of year to come in for a chemical peel since the sun is less harsh—and sun exposure should be at a minimum after this treatment.
The changes from season to season are minor, but extremely important. If you have any questions about skin care products or treatments, our skin specialists would love to help. Schedule a free consultation by calling us at 650.565.8683 and visit our specials page for deals on our services!