If you’ve been using the exact same skincare products no matter the season or weather, we hate to break it to you, but this isn’t exactly beneficial for your skin. Our skin’s needs are constantly in flux due to the outside environment, which means that our skincare routine needs to change seasonally as well. Here’s what you need to know about updating your skincare routine to reflect the weather:
Should Your Skincare Routine Change Throughout the Year?
The short answer is yes; your skincare routine absolutely should change throughout the year! The reason for this is that weather changes over time, which in turn affects your skin’s needs. As an example, most people experience more oily skin during the summer due to the hot and humid weather, while their skin becomes drier in the cold winter months.
Using skincare products in the “wrong” season means that your skin isn’t getting the treatments that it needs, and it can even harm your skin in some circumstances. For instance, an exfoliating facial cleanser that worked perfectly in the summer can leave your skin feeling dry, tight, red and flaky in the wintertime.
When it comes to changing your routine with the seasons, consider the particular climate that you live in and how and when it changes. Keep in mind that going by the calendar isn’t always the smartest idea for all locations. Some places such as Arizona have summer weather that lasts well into the fall with extremely mild winters. Other areas like Montana can experience snow well into June and July, well past the start of the summer climate in more southern states. Let your own personal knowledge of the climate you live in be your guide to changing up your skincare routine throughout the year.
Now that we’ve got that introduction out of the way, let’s talk specifics for changing your skincare routine with the seasons:
Summer Skincare Changes
Most people experience a lot of excess sebum production in the summer, coupled with extra sweat from the hotter temperatures. This means that keeping your face clean and managing your oil production should be keys for summer skincare. To make sure that you’re getting off all the dirt, sweat, makeup and other impurities, we recommend starting with a makeup remover or cleansing balm and then following it up with a water-based gel or foaming cleanser that will make your face feel refreshed about a long, hot summer day.
After you’re done washing your face, gently pat it dry and apply your treatment products. Many people like to switch from heavier serum formulations to lighter toner formulations in the summertime when it comes to their treatment products. Toners are more watery and absorb quickly without leaving residue behind on your skin, so your face won’t be weighed down with a lot of sticky layers. Toners can target many different concerns — from hydrating to exfoliating — so choose one that works for your needs.
After you’re done with your treatment products, follow it up with a lightweight gel moisturizer or water cream that will prevent water loss without clogging your pores. In the morning, finish off your routine with anti-aging sunscreen to protect your face from UV damage.
Winter Skincare Changes
In contrast to summer, most people’s faces get drier in winter, which necessitates more hydrating and moisturizing products. When it comes to makeup removers and face washes, you might want to switch to oil-based or cream formulations that will cleanse your skin without stripping it dry.
As for the treatment part of your routine, you may want to switch back to heavier creams, or do a mix of toners and serums depending on your needs. Most people like to phase out mattifying products meant for oil control and instead double down on hydrating products that will help to keep the dry winter air from sucking the moisture out of their skin.
Lots of people also find it necessary to switch to a heavier anti-aging moisturizer in the winter months for both their morning and night routines. Some people even go so far as to slather their faces in petroleum jelly, a technique known as “slugging,” to guard against moisture loss. However, most people do just fine with a heavier cream moisturizer that contains nourishing oils. As always, continue to top off your morning routine with sunscreen, even if the winter skies look cloudy.
Spring and Fall Skincare Changes
These transitional seasons mark the change from summer to winter weather or vice versa and are the perfect time to slowly transition your skincare routine. Since you don’t want to change your skincare routine too fast, lest you freak your skin out, take full advantage of these transitional times to adjust your routine as necessary.
During the spring, you will want to phase out heavier products in favor of lighter ones. If you live in an area that gets a lot of spring rains, you might be able to eliminate extra hydrating serums and toners and move away from super-heavy moisturizing creams pretty early in the year. During the fall, you will reverse the process and add back in the more moisturizing products to combat drier air and colder temperatures. What your spring and fall skincare routines look like will depend greatly on the areas where you live and what the weather is like that year.
How do you change your skincare routine throughout the seasons — or are you new to considering this idea? If you live in a more extreme climate that doesn’t follow the typical pattern of four seasons, how does that affect your skincare routine? Let us know in the comments below!