How your skin changes with the weather

There’s no doubt that the weather can have a direct impact on your skin. How it affects you personally depends on many factors, including your genetic makeup, skin type and level of sun exposure. For many, skin tends to be oilier in the summer and flakier in the colder months. This is due to changes in the weather such as temperature, humidity, wind & UV levels.

If your skin reacts to a sudden change in temperature, you will want to maintain consistency in your complexion. This means that, with the changing weather, you may need to adjust your skincare routine and adopt new methods to ensure your skin is in good health.

HOT WEATHER

During warmer weather, your complexion can change from normal to oily, leaving you prone to developing breakouts. Higher temperatures prompt the skin to secrete more oil which leaves it looking greasy. Warmer weather also makes us sweat more which again can lead to more breakouts. Prolonged sun exposure can also result in pigmentation issues known as sun spots.

To help your skin acclimatise to the changing weather, you may need to adjust your skincare routine to incorporate cleansing products to keep breakouts and any discoloration caused by the sun at bay. You may also need to switch to a light-weight moisturiser and drink lots of water to stay hydrated, as dehydration can leave your skin dry and irritated and in some cases, it may result in the formation of dry patches.

COLD WEATHER

The cold autumn/winter weather can cause dryness which results in flaky and irritated skin. Very cold temperatures coupled with low humidity and strong winds will rob your skin of moisture. The increased use of central heating can also make your skin worse as the air will be hot but lacking in moisture, leaving your skin even drier and itchier.

The excess dead skin from the dryness can also clog your pores and cause you to break out. Comfort & over eating in the colder months can also contribute to blemishes. A high carb diet can risk upsetting your hormonal balance and ultimately lead to acne or poor skin health.

While there isn’t a one-fits-all solution, you can help protect your skin from the harsh cold weather by adjusting your skincare routine to include gentle cleansers, exfoliators to remove dead skin, and heavier creams and moisturisers for the inevitable dry patches. This will help to protect the skins barrier from breaking down which is caused by extreme temperature changes.

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