Seasonal Hydration and your Skin type
As spring approaches we are teased by up and down temperatures. Every season we discuss how to adjust your skincare regimen and spring can be particularly tricky due to the unstableness of the weather. Hydration is still a major concern during the spring but sunnier, clearer skies lead to more sun damage and pollution.
When discovering how to change your regimen it is important to know your skin type. Below are the most common skin types and a few seasonal changes to try.
Combination skin simply means there are two or more skin issues occurring at the same time. Combination skin is usually oily in the T-zone (forehead and nose and chin), while other areas are dry and/or flaky. This is a very common skin type. Signs that you have combination skin would be large looking pores, shiny skin and blackheads. The term ‘combination skin’ can also be used when referring to the presence of wrinkles, rosacea, dryness or breakouts that are present in certain areas of the face.
Dr. G says:
“Remember the most important step in a combination skin regimen is exfoliation. Exfoliation helps fight the build up of dead skin cells and bacteria and will help ward off breakouts, excessive oil and large pores.”
Changes to try:
- Flip-flop your exfoliation products. If you usually use a physical scrub, try an acid peel or wipes and vice versa
- Use anti-oxidant serums to spot treat the different problem areas of the face. Warmer weather means the skin can withstand more aggressive treatments.
Oily skin types usually display dull or shiny skin, a thick complexion, blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes. Oily skin types are very prone to acne.
Dr. G says
“The good news for oily skin types is that they tend to develop fewer wrinkles as they age.”
The best way to take care of oily skin is to exfoliate frequently. Look for AHA cleansers (lactic, glycolic or fruit acids) or a BHA or Salicylic acid (would be most appropriate for acne sufferers). Clay masks can also be very helpful in controlling oil production. There is a misconception that oily skin doesn’t need to moisturize. If the skin is very oily an oil free moisturizer will help keep the sheen of the skin down. However facial oils, especially silicone free and dry oils can also be beneficial.
Tips to try:
- Invest in an oil free SPF
- Reintroduce an oil free moisturizer during warmer months (especially if you live in humid climate)
- Try a clarifying mask-look for soothing ad detoxifying ingredients Camphor and Sulfur
Dry skin types can be defined as skin that itches, has scaling, redness or dry patches. Dry skin types may also just feel tight, itchy and lacking in hydration. During the spring, dry skin can still feel in need of extra hydration. Introducing a multi-tasking oil to your daily regimen can be beneficial. Look for oils that hydrate and brighten, which are good for coming out of the dead of winter and targeting dull skin.
Dr. G says:
“Eating a diet high in omega fatty acids and hydrating fruits will help internally to battle dry skin.”
Tips to try
- Place a small humidifier near the bed while sleeping
- Only exfoliate 1-2 times per week
- Try a creamy cleanser
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