Do you change your skin care routine with the seasons? Think about how different your skin feels during the warmer months versus the colder months. The texture, look and color change all throughout the year. So, changing how you care for your skin is essential to its health.
- CLEANSE: Daily cleansing is the most important part of your skin care regimen. The air you expose your face to all day is filled with dirt and pollutants that attack the integrity of your skin. NEVER go to bed without cleansing all the oil, grime and dead skin cell build-up off your face. During warmer months you may want to use a gel cleanser to combat oils, but you might prefer to use a cream cleanser in the colder months to restore moisture. We recommend Image Skincare’s Vital C or Max cleansers for the dry winter months.
- EXFOLIATE: Skin cells generate in the deepest layer of the epidermis, move toward the surface and shed invisibly. The natural process of skin exfoliation slows down with age and skin becomes dull. Adding to the problem, your skin might become more dry and flaky, in the winter months. Adding exfoliation to your skin care routine can help restore its natural glow. Using a exfoliant, like Skin Medica’s GlyPro or Ojavan’s Mud Mask, 1-3 times per week can help improve the look, texture and health of your skin. Seasonal treatments, like Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion’s can help accelerate the exfoliation process, as well.
- HYDRATE: Aim to restore hydration and moisture to your skin. Drinking plenty of water is especially good for your skin, as well as your overall health. You may want to incorporate a moisture-rich facial mask to your at-home routine during the winter. Image Skincare’s I MASK Biomolecular Hydrating Recovery Masks are sheet masks for an at-home-spa-like treatment. The masks contain an advanced concentration of ultra-hydrating ingredients to rescue dull, dry skin. Your skin soaks up the biomolecular complex, which deeply nourishes and moisturizes dry winter skin.
- PROTECT: Remember, you are exposed to UV rays when daylight is present. This means that you must protect any exposed skin, even during the winter and even if it is cloudy. Ultraviolet radiation causes skin cancer, premature aging, and weakens the immune system. Always make sure that your skincare routine includes a daytime moisturizer that offers both UVA and UVB protection with SPF 20 or higher. Both Image Skincare and Elta MD have incredible, dermatologist recommended SPF products that treat and protect effectively.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so take good care of it! Make time for a detailed skin care routine, and make changes throughout the year depending on its needs.