As the seasons change, our skin undergoes many changes, so it is important to have your skincare routine updated regularly. With an increase in temperature, humidity and sun exposure, these environmental changes have a significant impact on common skin conditions including sensitivity, acne and dehydration.
Here is a quick overview of how the spring season affects these 3 common skin issues as well as ways to reduce symptoms.
Seasonal changes can be very difficult for people that suffer with skin sensitivities. An increase in air allergens (such as pollen) can trigger more of a flare up in conditions such as Rosacea and facial redness.
Skin tips for managing sensitivity during spring
- Avoid the sun, wear a sunscreen rated SPF 30+ or higher that block UVA and UVB rays. If sunscreen irritates your skin, try a cosmeceutical formulation for sensitive skins.
- Limit exposure to wind and cold days. When spending time outside, avoid the windy and cold days.
- Skincare products; certain cosmetics contain harsh alcohol and acetone which can cause increased facial redness and sensitivity.
The spring’s warmer weather can cause the sweat and oil glands to produce more oil. In turn, this clogs your pores with dead skin cells. Dry, windy weather conditions will have the same affect on your skin, when the skin dries to quickly, more oil is produced to compensate. Dead skin cells accumulate with the oil, resulting in a breakout.
Skin tips for managing acne during spring
- Skincare; alternate your regular cleanser with a foaming one and exfoliate with a liquid exfoliation serum (AHA/BHA). This will cause less stimulation on the skin than granule scrubs and help unclog pores and prevent acne.
- Have a routine and be consistent. Don’t completely change your routine at the first sight of a breakout, and definitely don’t skimp out on your routine. After a long day of being out in the heat and humidity it’s imperative to be diligent about washing, treating and moisturising your skin before bed and again in the morning.
First some basic skin science. An acidic mix of oils and sweat protect the top layer of skin. Dry or dehydrated skin becomes an issue when the top layer is damaged (or stripped) and moisture can escape (evaporation).
Dry skin type, means it’s most likely a result of genetics. Whereas, dehydrated skin is a skin condition, meaning it is temporary and easier to treat; often caused by external factors such as weather, over exfoliating, poor diet (over indulging in caffeine and alcohol), stripping cleanser and sun exposure.
An already dry and dehydrated skin coming out of winter will feel even more discomfort when spring brings windy days.
Skin tips for managing skin dehydration during spring
- The key to treating dehydration is to retain moisture. The goal is to re-hydrate the cells and prevent further evaporation. Drinking plenty of water will help with your skin health, some small diet changes can help too, reduce the amount of diuretics. On cooler days, prevent hot showers that will only suck out more moisture.
- Since the issue with dry skin is based on a lack of protective oils, replenish the top layer with oil based nourishing products. Opt for a deeply moisturising cream such as Ultraceuticals Ultra Rich Moisturiser, and hyaluronic acid to deliver hydration that lasts 24 hours.
- Treatment; bio-matrix collagen facial, humectant skincare products that fix water within the skin and oil based moisturisers that strengthen the top layer, limiting water evaporation.
Visit one of our skin therapists (link below) to assist with tailoring a skincare plan for you.