Well, it really depends on your skin’s needs as well as the environment where you are living. We don’t think that you need to switch all of your products every 6 months, but rather make small changes that will help to support your skin through the colder months. Those changes could mean switching from one product to another or changing the usage of your current products from the morning routine to night routine and vice versa. We are seeing a lot of clients that have flaking, dry skin and therefore have to up the hydrating ingredients and start incorporating more PHAs.
However, we have to say that the cooler weather will have an impact on any skin types. In fact, due to the dry weather condition skin will likely be more dehydrated than usual. The changes in temperature from heated indoors to cold outdoors can affect the capillaries and compromise the barrier function of the skin. Pollution tends to get worse in cooler months (yep! Comment below if you think you know why), which means that our skin is more vulnerable. Finally, as the UV index is lowering (and practically non existent in London) our Vitamin D production slows down.
Therefore, how to adapt your skincare regime depending on the seasonality? Think about is as a wardrobe. In any closet, there is always our fundamentals items, the ones that you can’t live and function without. For example your bras, panties, socks etc. In your bathroom the equivalent would be a proper skincare regime.
As summer has ended (we know it’s quite sad) we are putting away our beautiful summery dresses and making some space for light jackets, jeans & boots. In fact, we are applying more layers on our bodies but also on our skin! As the temperature drops, you want to be more cozy and warm, think sitting in the pub by the fire. So you must do the same with your skin and need to protect it with emollient ingredients.
SWITCH Your foaming cleanser → to something more gel or creamy. This will make sure that the nutrients of the skin are not stripped
Your light moisturiser → Rich moisturiser (or boost your current moisturiser by mixing it with oil drops - we love the ones from Odacité) this will help to prevent trans epidermal water loss
Make sure you are still wearing at least a low factor SPF this will help to create a barrier for pollution and UVA rays
Use a chemical exfoliant appropriate for your skin. This will help to get rid of the build-up of dead skin cells.
ADD This is the perfect time to introduce more potent ingredients such as Vitamin C, Retinol, Niacinamide and other targeted serums. Those treatments in the autumn/winter will help to address the overexposure to the sun you may have experienced in warmer months, skin texture, and minimising the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles. You will not be getting as much UV Light, and therefore the skin will not be as susceptible to UV damage after use of those products.
Feeling overwhelmed? Come meet us; we will help you design a skincare regime that is right for you, your skin, and the season. Click to book!