When the seasons start to transition, our clothing and diet shouldn’t be the only things that change with the weather. Skincare routines should be altered as well as the seasons begin to shift. This is especially crucial with the intense and extreme weather that we experience here in Canada – from soaring heat, humidity and sweat in the summer to the frigid cold, dry winter air. It’s a lot for our skin to endure. So naturally, it needs a different degree of care to take on the elements. To give your skin the best line of defence, here are some tips to remember, and why the importance of having a seasonal skincare routine shouldn’t be ignored.
Help Your Skin Deal with Environmental Stressors
With every season comes a different set of challenges and environmental stressors that your skin has to endure every single day. And just as we switch up our clothing, eating habits and even our social habits based on the weather, it makes sense to think about how our skin can best adapt as well. After all, it’s exposed 24/7, and even when we’re cooped up inside, there’s still a variety of factors that it has to deal with. Customizing a skincare routine provides the essential tools to help your largest organ stay healthy all year round.
Give It Proper Hydration
Proper hydration is one of the most important factors for maintaining healthy-looking skin. But this can be tricky to balance with such extreme weather changes. With so much heat, humidity and sweat present during the summer months, it wouldn’t make much sense to lather on a heavy-based cleanser or moisturizer. And conversely, using a light-based cleanser and cream during the winter wouldn’t provide the hydration that your skin needs to handle the extremely dry and cold air. Finding the right balance of ingredients is essential for giving your skin what it needs to avoid breakouts and premature aging. If you’re unsure what to use, consult with a skincare professional to learn what’s best for your skin.
The More Love You Give Your Skin, the More It Will Protect You
Our skin’s main role is to protect us. But without the right nutrients and ingredients to keep it subtle, hydrated and healthy, it can’t do that as effectively. Treating your skin right means making time for self-care so you can develop solid routines that help you form good habits in order to keep it healthy. And skincare is about doing just that – caring for it. By checking in with yourself and providing it with the love and attention it needs, you can help your skin do what it’s meant to do – protect you!
How to Care for Your Skin In the Spring and Summer
The main areas to focus on for these seasons are sun protection and hydration. Since the sun is much stronger during this time of year, you’ll need to load up on sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection with a minimum of SPF 30. A crucial point that most people forget is to reapply sunscreen every two hours or so, especially if you’re outside for a longer period of time. Also, use hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin without weighing it down. And to help minimize cell damage from the sun, we recommend using a vitamin C serum as part of your routine.
Autumn and Winter
As the cooler air sets in, skin can quickly dry out and become rough and brittle. So once the autumn and winter arrive, it’s time to bump up the moisture. We recommend using an oil-based moisturizer that contains more fatty acids to improve your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Also, exfoliating is really helpful for getting rid of the dry, dead layer of skin cells that quickly accumulate on the surface. This will also help the products penetrate deeper into the skin to work more effectively. Face masks are another great way to boost the hydration, so make some time for a mask once per week or more. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water, even in the winter.
Treatments That Can Repair the Damage
Each and every season presents unique challenges. Between the dry air, UV rays, pollution and excessive sweating, it’s a lot for our skin to put up with. Thankfully, there are many innovative treatments that can effectively repair damage and make your skin look firm, subtle and youthful.
At the Ottawa Skin Clinic, we offer a wide range of professional skincare treatments including acne treatments, rejuvenation treatments, advanced facials, HydraFacials, chemical peels, and more. To give your skin the best line of defence against the seasons, book a consultation with one of our skincare professionals to learn more about how we can help your skin look its best. We’ll take a look and offer recommendations that will suit your needs and budget best. Contact us today to get started!