Seasonal Changes & Skin Wellness
BY: Danielle Winston
October 9, 2021
“As With Anything Creative, Change is Inevitable.”
The seasons are like a beguiling dance in perpetual motion, swirling around you, alive with reinvention. You vary your wardrobe and choose to eat certain seasonal fruits and vegetables. So, why not do the same for your skin? One routine all year round may seem easy enough, but it's not natural, or healthy. Instead, why not give yourself space to process and adapt to Mother Nature's changes? Depending on where you live, factors like heat, humidity, sunlight, and cold, can greatly affect your skin's needs. Along with weather, your behavior also shifts at different times of the year. Keeping flexibility and balance in mind, here are some ways to flow with life's transitions, and achieve skin-wellness.
Fall – According to Dr. Jaimie Glick MD, Clinical Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell New York Dermatology Group, as you adjust from the summer heat to cooler temperatures, “You may need to consider a new cleanser or moisturizer.” The onset of cold weather can cause dryness so try using a gentle non foaming or milky cleanser which is more hydrating for the fall and winter. Also, “You may want to switch out your moisturizer for a cream, instead of a lotion. Creams are thicker and better for the dryer, colder air about to come,” adds Dr. Glick.
One way to replenish natural moisture, while protecting skin from external elements, is Kat Burki's Vitamin C Nourishing Cleansing Balm. Formulated with STAY C (Vitamin C), a super antioxidant, and Camu Camu berry to accelerate collagen production, it keeps skin further hydrated,while reducing the signs of premature aging. Other ingredients include, Gotu Kola to improve circulation and speed healing, along with 7 cold processed oils to repair skin at a cellular level: Coconut, Sunflower, Jojoba, Rose Hip Seed, Olive, Avocado and Cranberry Seed.
Winter – Did you know that in cold and dry weather, certain products behave differently? For instance, Dr. Glick advises that, if you use a prescription retinol on a regular basis, you should “apply it less frequently during the winter - try every other day instead of daily.” However, if you use plant-based retinol, which is highly effective but much gentler, it can be safely used throughout the year. In general, soothing natural oils are great to incorporate into your skincare habits. “If you are not acne prone,” Dr Glick says, “Coconut oil or olive oil can be used as a nice, natural hydrator for both your skin and hair.” And since the air itself is different and can be irritating, “You may want to invest in a cool mist humidifier, that will help your skin and hair retain moisture from the air.” Being inside longer also means you might lack vitamin D, so be mindful of your levels, and supplement if needed. Remember, even when it’s cold, sunscreen remains essential; and since you're likely to take more luxurious, hot baths in winter, to combat dryness, massage rich butters like mango, cocoa and shea into your skin after bathing and before bed.
For a luxurious skin quencher, try Kat Burki's Power Trio Radiance Oil on your face. This antioxidant rich oil is crafted from cold processed Tamanu, Kukui Nut, and Raspberry Seed Oils and is specifically formulated for an array of skin care benefits. Salicylic Acid, extracted from Raspberry Seed Oil, is an anti-aging wonder, boasting a powerhouse of Alpha-Linoleic oils. Plus, it also acts as a natural sunscreen, helping to combat premature aging caused by the sun’s rays.
Spring – Flowers in bloom and abundant sunshine encourage extended periods outside. While you’re enjoying walks in the park and outdoor yoga, apply broad spectrum sunscreen to avoid sun damage, oxidative stress and skin cancer. Keep in mind also, “When weather begins to warm, you may want to switch your thicker moisturizer back to a lotion from a cream,” says Dr Glick, who adds, “Typically I recommend at least a moisturizer with sunscreen all year around.”
For the ultimate hydrator, try Kat Burki's Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream with anti-aging benefits, and daily protection from environmental toxins. It is formulated with STAY C, an especially viable type of the vitamin, in conjunction with superfood adaptogen, Reishi Mushroom, for maximum absorption.
Summer – Dr Glick says, “Foaming and gel cleansers can be drying, and are better for the moist summer air.” It's also a good idea to keep facial mists handy, made from organic ingredients such as rose, chamomile, white tea, and lavender. Oily skin types may prefer a dry oil, such as argon. Quenching skin with nutrient-based antioxidant oils (rose hip seed, raspberry, borage, pomegranate, avocado, jojoba) goes a long way to fight free radical damage that may lead to premature aging and skin cancer.
Note About Adaptogens – the magic of adaptogens is that they tune into your body to discover what you need, and act accordingly. In the process, they lessen your sensitivity to stress, and help you feel more balanced. Adaptogens can be helpful as you transition through the seasons. Whether you favor herbal infusions or apply topical skin care, some to keep in mind are, green tea, ginseng, maca root, reishi mushroom and goji berry.
*Tea or supplement forms, check with your doctor to be sure they are safe for you.
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As you become aware of changes in the weather and skin behavior, consider keeping a skincare journal. It's fun, easy and can be illuminating. Each day, jot down observations about the weather, your diet, stress levels, exercise, and what you use on your skin. Make it as specific as possible. Think of the journal as yet another tool to assess your needs. Whether you suffer from breakouts, dry, dull, or oily skin, reflecting on your behavior and choices offers an objective view of your habits; it can help you connect the condition of your skin to factors of which you may be unaware. Even subtle adjustments can make a profound difference in the health and wellness of your skin.