Why Your Skincare Regime Should Change with The Seasons
You might be asking yourself right now… why is my skin driving me nuts?!
We are all undergoing a seasonal shift with the changing climate, some more so than others depending on how crazy your winters get. Where the turn is more dramatic, that tight, itchy, dry feeling may be creeping up big time. The air is harsher both inside and out because everyone is cranking the heat indoors, and crisp winds are blowing outside.
A great way to deal with colder weather, because we all know it’s coming, is to “front load” your daily skin care routine. Have you been using the same light moisturizer day and night all summer? Switch to a heavier one for night during the fall to boost moisture levels. Then, when your light day moisturizer starts to feel like it’s not quite enough, try layering a serum underneath if you aren’t already, or go for that richer night cream for daytime too, especially on days when you will be spending a lot of time outdoors. (Go through the same process in the spring, just in reverse.)
Fall, but more so winter, is the best time to dive into your “in a perfect world” routine, and to target skin concerns. I recommend using products with more active ingredients during the colder months, as some can make your skin photo sensitive. So, unless you are super diligent about SPF or you are a vampire, winter is your time. Using SPF and limiting sun exposure are certainly important year-round, but for most of us, we will naturally spend less time outside as we transition into our own winter hibernation… and by hibernation, I mean marathoning our favourite shows on the couch!
Feeling like you are ready to take your skin care routine seriously? I always say now is the perfect time to start! For all you sun worshipers- may I gently pose the question to keep in mind next summer, “will it matter when you are 80 if you had a tan today?” Sun exposure wrecks you skin in more ways than one (but that is a whole other rant), and sooner or later, your skin will tell on you. Just know that investing your time and money into beautiful skincare, followed by not protecting your skin, is like trying to go down two roads at once, so choose your path and stick to it.
Exfoliating is key in your skin care routine, as it encourages cellular turnover, improves circulation and the overall appearance in tone and texture of your skin. Not only that, exfoliating literally makes all of the other products in your skincare routine function better. If you are missing this step in your regime, you are missing out on results, so be sure to exfoliate one to two times a week year-round.
For your masking choices in the colder months, opt for a creamier or less clarifying product, or dive into some mixology right at home. If you have a masque that is your holy grail product, and you can’t imagine using anything else, try adding another product to it to shift its moisture level. Our favourite mixology products include our Sea Splash Toner, Balancing Sea Kelp Concentrate, Seaweed Body Gel or Sea Silk CBD Massage Oil. You may even already have some of these best-sellers on your bathroom vanity right now!
My all time favourite facial exfoliant is our Iridaea Exfoliator and I love adding our Balancing Sea Kelp Concentrate to it when my skin is on the dry side. Massage over your face and neck in the shower and let it steam on for a real treat!
For sublime full body hydration, my favourite one-two punch for dry skin is using either Wild Rockweed Exfoliant or Oil-Free Seaweed Body Polish in the bath or shower, then mixing Wild Sea Kelp Body Lotion with Sea Silk Massage Oil. Trust me, your skin will feel brand new!
Looking for ideas on how to mix your Seaflora products you have at home, or need help picking out products for your next order? Send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org– we’d be happy to share our ideas! Ask us about our Skincare Quiz!
Happy mixing folks!