(exploring briefly, skincare for all 4 seasons)
It is very important to maintain a thorough skincare regime from the inside out, as you have read in the previous articles. It is just as essential to be aware of seasonal changes in weather and climate that will affect your skin symbiosis as well.
In the winter months, you will be layering with scarves, hats, gloves, etc. and the frigid crisp air will naturally leach moisture from your vulnerable skin, causing cracking, chapping, chafing and overall irritation such as eczema. Remember to stay hydrated by drinking ample non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages and pack on the protection with a heavy-duty moisturizer to guard your skin from the harsh elements. Although you can't see much of the glorious sun, it is still there, damaging your skin, if left unprotected. Sun rays reflect off of ice and snow in the same manner as with the glare off of water, so don’t forget your sunscreen and SPF enhanced lip balm.
Autumn poses a subtle shock to the biome of your skin, as dry cooler air arrives. We often find this is the time to turn the heaters on which can zap moisture from the skin. Remember to exfoliate regularly and moisturize daily to replenish the skin of its essentials oils. Dr. Monam can suggest a seasonal lotion to cream switch to provide a stronger, oilier barrier for more effective hydration.
When springtime rolls around, it is time to be extra cautious of the subtle shifts in sun exposure as you may find yourself spending more time in the outdoors, enjoying the warmer weather. Keep hydrated and apply sunscreen liberally. It is also a great time of year to visit your dermatologist for a seasonal facial to help keep your skin healthy after the harsh conditions of winter!
Summer is the time of year when you're outside enjoying water sports, BBQs, boating, beaches and pools. Remember that there is no such thing as a 'healthy tan' and sun exposure is irreversibly damaging. Cover your entire body and face with the appropriate SPF, regardless of the color or reactivity of your skin! Even if it’s a cloudy, cool summer day, the sun is now directly overheard, making you susceptible to burning and sun damage. Be aware of subtle changes in your skin, such as moles, freckling, red patches.
Dr. Monam can assist in alerting you if you have any areas of your skin that need further observation to prevent skin cancer. Above all else, don't sunbathe, fry/bake in the sun. Be aware of the harsh rays and stay cool, hydrated, in the shade, and protected by sunscreen at all times.