We change what we eat, how we dress, and how we stay active with the seasons. It only makes sense our beauty regimen would change too. But this goes beyond simply using a heavier moisturizer or swapping out your makeup colors.
Ayurveda, for instance, sees seasonal change as a true transition and utilizes this time to prepare for the new season. The science recommends a cleanse in the in-between phase, so our bodies and minds are ready to take on the new season.
It’s true that the transitional time can be tough on skin. One day it’s hot and humid, the next it’s raining, the next it is cool and crisp. There is a way to go with the flow of a season change without letting it ravage your skin.
We tend to up the moisture (often a tad too late) when cooler weather hits. But did you know that certain ingredients are also cooling or warming? It’s true. Then there are ingredients that exfoliate and those that calm. A big difference depending on the season. Certain climates call for brightening, others balancing.
Here is why seasonal skincare is a thing--and how to do it right.
Seasonal Skincare To Benefit Your Skin
Detox: As mentioned above, take a hint from Ayurveda and do a little skin detoxification. It does matter which course you take (depending on the season). As we move from summer to fall, use products containing skin hydrating algae and leave the clays and charcoal for warmer weather months.
Treat: Skin needs softening and hydrating as we head into fall, but winter-worthy moisturizers can be too heavy. Honey is great for softening and soothing skin without causing breakouts or a grease slick. Works well from spring to summer too.
Steam: A regular facial steaming is beneficial any time of year. How to know which one to buy and when? Fortunately, Fig + Yarrow makes facial steams for each season. For autumn? Rosehip, juniper, and cardamom.
Swap: So that moisturizer that makes your skin all glowy and gorgeous all summer long is not doing its job now? The ingredients are probably the cause. Look for products made with warming ingredients for fall and winter, like this one from Kahina. It is lightweight but contains naturally warming shea butter. Coconut oil and aloe vera are soothing and cooling for warmer weather months.
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