There’s no doubt that the weather can have a direct impact on your skin. How it affects you personally is dependent 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 flaky in the colder months. Dermatologists credit this to changes in certain weather aspects such as temperature and humidity levels.
However, 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.
How Hot Weather Affects Your Skin
During warmer weather, your skin 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. Greasy skin doesn’t blend well with makeup and can give you that ‘melting’ look – not great when you’re trying to socialize!
But more serious than this is your risk of developing permanent problems from prolonged sun exposure. Sun blemishes can cause an uneven skin tone, and often appear in areas most prone to exposure, such as the face, arms or back. Thankfully, should you notice discoloration from sun exposure, there are treatment options such as chemical peels or laser treatments, both of which can provide relief and help restore your skin to its normal complexion.
Finally, skin cancer remains the most common type of cancer in the USA, and a leading cause of skin cancer is sun exposure. Thankfully, it is preventable and highly treatable should you get it. Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a popular treatment option for skin cancer, more of which you can read about by clicking here.
To protect your skin from the changing weather, you may need to adjust your skincare routine to incorporate cleansing products to keep breakouts and discoloration at bay. You may also need to switch to a light-weight moisturizer and drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Remember that dehydration can leave your skin dry and irritated and in some cases, it may result in the formation of dry patches.
How Cold Weather Affects Your Skin
The cold autumn/winter weather can cause skin dryness and result in flaky and irritated skin. Very cold temperatures coupled with low humidity and strong winds rob your skin of moisture. It doesn’t help when you use central heating for your indoors since hot air is also low in moisture and leaves your skin drier and itchy.
The excess dead skin can also clog your pores and cause you to develop acne – a problem you may have thought only existed in teenagers and certainly don’t want to deal with later in life! Interestingly, most people fail to realize that the comfort eating associated with the cold weather could also be contributing to skin breakouts. If you’re eating a diet high in carbs, you risk upsetting your hormonal balance and this could also lead to acne or poor skin quality.
While there is no 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 moisturizers on dry patches. The idea is to protect the skin barrier from breaking down due to extreme temperature changes.
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Your skin is one of the most sensitive organs, and it needs constant attention if you’re to maintain a smooth and youthful complexion. Changing weather can alter its texture, color, and elasticity. But if you amp your skincare routine, you can expect little to no changes throughout the year. If your skin is extra sensitive to weather changes and you just can’t keep up with over-the-counter products, don’t hide behind your turtle-neck sweater. Schedule an appointment with a licensed dermatologist to talk through your options.