Optimal Skin Care Practices

Seasonal skin care differences

Normally the winter months tend to be much colder and much more dry when compared to the summer season when the heat and humidity levels are significantly higher. When our skin is continually exposed to the harshness of winter weather, our skin takes the brunt of this beating, becoming excessively more irritated, chapped and dry. Although the clothes we wear protect most of the skin on our body, many times we often forget to provide protection to our facial area. Don’t assume that just moving indoors is significantly better for your skin. With many people continuously running their home heating system and many also using dehumidifiers, we end up sapping a large portion of the moisture from the surrounding air.

Now if we take a look at the summer months, the temperatures start to warm, our skin is now more exposed to the elements from the simple fact we wear less clothing. Next combine the warmer temperatures with the increased humidity levels. Our natural response to these environmental changes is an increased amount of sweat that our body begins to produce as it tries to cool it self off. The consequence of these environmental and bodily changes is that our skin starts to become much oilier and we also end up more prone to the formation of pimples and other skin blemishes.

For many, swimming is a great way for us to find relief from the heat and easy way to cool off. However it is easy for us to forget that when we swim in a pool we are also exposing ourselves to harsh chemicals and when we go swimming at the beach we have to deal with the affects of salt water exposure which can lead to excessive dryness in our skin.

How to protect our skin during the winter months

It is important to use a sunscreen regularly regardless of what season it is. Many don’t realize that we are just as likely to sunburn in the winter months as we are during the summer. We should use a sunscreen and moisturizer combination or a facial make up product that has a minimum SPF rating of at least fifteen. Make sure you also protect your lips by wearing lip balm or a lipstick that includes sun protection.

We should try and maintain a consistent level of moisture within our skin and in our home or work environments. We can add moisture to the air inside of our home by using a simple humidifier. If you do not happen to own a humidifier you can just place a metal pan filled with water near the radiator or what ever heat source you have near by. It’s a good idea to keep a few plants in your home or office since they naturally help to moisturize the surrounding air. As for adding moisture to our bodies, we can easily do so by using an emollient based soap, cream or lotion.

Another simple thing we can do to help out our skin is to take shorter warm showers. If you use hot water while showering or taking a bath, you end up striping away your bodies natural oils. Taking long showers or bathes also causes us to lose even greater amounts of our natural body oils because we stay submerged in water for to long. If you take bathes frequently it would be wise to add a simple moisturizer to your bath water.

We should attempt to reduce how often we our apply toner after using our facial cleansers. Only use a toner product that has no alcohol or a low level of alcohol content. We also need to gently exfoliate our skin using a simple washcloth or soft scrub in order to remove any dead skin cells as well as stimulate the formation of new skin cells.

How to protect your skin during the summer months

We need to ensure that our skin is receiving significant protection from the effects of the suns ultraviolet rays which contain harmful radiation. We can do so by simply applying a sunscreen product with an adequate SPF rating. We can also wear sun protective clothing which has been specifically designed to protect against UV rays. You should also seek shade whenever possible while outdoors. Lastly it is important to note that the sun is at it’s strongest, between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Anywhere between those hours is when we should take extra precautions for protecting our skin from the sun while outdoors.

Our excessive sweating also means we have an over abundance of realize oils which can clog our pores. When can combat this by using a cooling cleanser containing salicylic acid to help keep any skin blemishes under control. We should also use cleansers containing eucalyptus or menthol extracts since they feel good to the skin and also help keep our pores clean and open.