In our quest to keep our skin radiant and beautiful, we often seek lots of information from all available means. There are a lot to be desired in the media today about seasonal skin care. Take for example the fashion magazines, in this media you will probably be told that different seasons require different skin care products which may not be true exclusively. This is so because each skin type responds differently to weather changes. In other wards we are alluding to the fact that weather is not a skin type. Therefore handling changes brought by climate change on your skin should be considered continuously irrespective of the season. Doctor Akoury says that buying skin-care products based purely on the season is not only a waste of money, but can also cause skin health deterioration if not handled professionally. In view of this dear reader, I encourage you that even as we progress with the discussion, you need to schedule for an appointment with doctor Akoury to professionally take you through the best skin care products suitable for your skin.
The best practice therefore is to always listen to the communication given to you by your skin in all seasons. If the fluctuations in climate change during winter and summer causes yours skin damage, then with the professional advice from doctor Akoury, you will make some adjustments however is this is not so, then there is completely no reason to do anything different. It must interest you to know that it is your duty to protect your skin and feed it with value addition products to nourish and keep the skin healthy all year round. You can do this by continuously assessing your skin to determine what effects (if any) brought about by the changes in climate. Upon noting this you need to share with your dermatologist to help you adapt to the best skin care routine for your condition. This is one of the best ways of handling changes brought by climate change on your skin. The following is a helpful guide to keeping your skin beautiful and healthy when weather takes a toll:
- Preventing fall and Winter Dryness
- Warm Weather Issues
If your skin starts feeling drier, flaky, or itchy during the cold months, or if you find yourself in an arid environment, such as traveling from Seattle to Phoenix (which can definitely be climate change for your skin), the dry air, both inside and out, are probably to blame. Here’s what you can do primarily in handling changes brought by climate change on your skin to make your skin feel smooth and comfortable again:
- You may want to consider changing both your facial and body cleanser from a gel or foaming water-soluble cleanser to one with lotion or creamy texture. You may be surprised how this simple action would solve the problem.
- A richer, lotion-type toner would be advisable so that after cleansing, a soothing moisturizing toner is applied immediately to calm your skin and establish a base for making your skin healthy after cleansing, as well as removing the last traces of makeup.
- Depending on how dry your skin becomes, you may need a more emollient moisturizer. Any moisturizer should be loaded with ingredients that help keep moisture in your skin (glycerin, fatty acids, and hyaluronic acid are just a few examples). Your moisturizer also should contain anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce irritation, cell-communicating ingredients to help skin produce normal skin cells, and antioxidants to fight off free-radical damage.
- Adding a serum loaded with these ingredients also can help at night, providing another layer of protecting ingredients while you sleep.
- For some people, the change to cold, dry weather can result in dry, cracked skin. If that’s the case, apply a cream or lotion containing 2% salicylic acid (BHA, beta hydroxy acid) to exfoliate built-up skin cells that lead to dull skin, clogged pores, and breakouts.
- Flaky, chapped lips are more common at this time of year and may require some extra TLC. Remove dry, dead skin cells with a gentle lip exfoliants and follow up with a rich, emollient lip balm for super smooth lips.
- Remember to use sunscreen irrespective of the sun intensity where you live. The sun protection is essential in all season’s year in year out. Remember that your skin can withstand any climate change better when it isn’t being damaged day in and day out by the sun.
When moving to a warmer climate or going from spring to summer, the increased heat can make oil (sebum) melt inside the pore. This causes liquefied oil to flood the skin’s surface, resulting in a shiny appearance. In addition, the increase in sweat mixed with oil feels uncomfortable, and leaves you looking greasy. In further effort towards handling changes brought by climate change on your skin, the following applications will help you to address these changes:
- During warmer months you may need to use a more thorough gel or foaming cleanser to be sure you are cleaning all the oil off your skin without adding more.
- Reduce the amount of creamy or rich lotion moisturizer you use, or stop altogether. If you don’t have dry skin, you really don’t need moisturizer in the traditional sense of the word; that is, thick lotions and creams. Instead, consider a well-formulated toner, gel, or serum to give your skin the essential substances it needs (antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-identical ingredients) to stay young without adding oil or emollients.
- For extra shine control when the heat or humidity is intense, use an oil-absorbing product, which also minimizes the appearance of pores. Oil-blotting papers also can help absorb excess oil and sweat, plus they’re great for touchups on-the-go.
Finally at this facility (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) we endeavor to deliver informative treatment solutions tailored to your individual needs toward handling changes brought by climate change on your skin. Therefore if your skin reacts to seasonal and climate changes doctor Dalal Akoury will help you maintain perfect skin in all seasons without having to replace all your skin-care products every time the weather changes. With minor adjustments as will be advised professionally upon scheduling for an appointment with the experts (Dr. Akoury), you will have a much more rejuvenated and beautiful skin ready for whatever Mother Nature sends your way.