It is not always easy to glide through seasons, particularly when it comes to skincare products.
How many times have we abruptly found out that the face moisturiser we had been using up until this moment has become too lightweight? In-addition, how often do we realise that the cleanser we have been loving in the summer months has become excessively cleansing? Of course, the opposite can also happen, and we can find ourselves blotting our faces to remove excess sebum, to avoid looking like someone who smeared a highlighter on their face as if it were a primer!
But, when sinking temperatures hit and the blowing wind takes a toll on our skin, the results can be more visible and annoying. Dry patches, flaky skin, and redness are among the most frequent signs of a skin that is suffering because of the colder season.
Here are 5 seasonal skincare tips that can turn out to be especially useful to help you make the transition to the colder months as smooth as possible:
Tip 1 - Moisture is key
Regardless of your skin type, you need to give your skin enough moisture.
Both combo/oily and dry skin need water. Therefore, make sure to give your skin enough water and try to drink more. As a quick note, a cosy afternoon on the couch is a perfect match with an extra cup of delicious herbal tea. Remember to consume more vegetables too!
Be sure to use a facial toner - hydrosols might do too. Another great tip for your seasonal skincare is to maintain a good humidity level in your house. It should be around 45% humidity as this will do wonders for your skincare during winter.
Tip 2 - Keep your showers to a minimum
We all love a comforting hot shower before going to bed, don’t we?
But have you ever wondered if our skin enjoys it? According to dermatologists, taking long hot showers disrupts the skin’s natural balance of moisture and deprives it of its natural oils. This can result in itchiness, redness, dryness and even inflammation and eczema, in the worst cases.
Taking shorter showers and using lukewarm water (around 37 °C/98.6 °F) will help our skin stay healthier, especially during the winter months.
Tip 3 - Invest in seasonal skincare
To ensure your skin stays healthy and fresh during winter, it is vital that you choose the right cleanser and cleansing routine.
Many people think they should choose a purifying gel cleanser if they have oily/combo skin, and a nourishing milk cleanser if they have dry skin, but the options are not so clear-cut.
Firstly, there is a vast sea of possibilities between the two opposites and most possibilities suit different skin types.
An example is the oil cleansing method, which consists of using a natural oil-based cleansing oil and a soaked [with (luke) warm water] cloth to remove makeup and grime. The natural oils in the oil-cleanser (say, jojoba, apricot and safflower oils, to name a few) are akin to our sebum and the idea behind this method is that it dissolves.
Secondly, it is important not to over-cleanse your skin (this is actually true for our body skin as well). If you do not plan to use a water-based serum or a cream after your cleansing, and you chose the oil cleansing method, maybe you won’t need to use a second cleanser (a gel or a moisturiser), which might excessively strip your skin of its natural oils.
Nobody but you can say what is best (and this holds true for every skincare product): experiment, try, let your skin decide!
Tip 4 - Keep your seasonal skincare to a minimum
When assessing your seasonal skincare, opt for a less complex routine during the transition from one season to the other. Multi-step routines are fascinating and may work for many and most of the time, but when approaching a new season our skin’s motto will surely be “less is more”. It will also be much easier to understand what products our skin dislikes if we choose to keep our routine simple at first.
Bonus tip: multifunctional products like the Quiet Earth Calming Powder will help too! Quiet Earth, a powder face mask, packed with mild purifying clays (like ghassoul), soothing extracts (like chamomile) and antioxidant ingredients (like rosehip extract) can be used as a mild cleanser too. Instead of leaving it on, just rinse it right away after massaging it on your face and neck.
Tip 5 - Keep it simple
Choose products that have simpler formulas. Now, we are not saying that products with lovely long ingredient lists are bad. But just like we do not want to mix and match too many products during a transition, it would be advisable to use products that contain few ingredients, especially if these products are new to our skin. This is so we can find out if one or more ingredients are not suitable for our skin.
7 Wonders Skin Panacea, a lightweight, nourishing and healing face and body oil in our organic skincare range, contains only 11 ingredients, among which we find 7 vegetable oils and coenzyme Q10. You can apply it on damp skin or mixed with a serum.
Seasonal skincare with Inner Senses
Investing in your skincare during winter is a great way to ensure that your skin doesn’t suffer during the seasonal transition. With dark nights and cold winter weeks slowly settling in, it is important to help your skin through this difficult transitional period. Here at Inner Senses, your skin means everything to us, so treat it well with natural and organic skincare products.
Article written by Roberta, one of our brand ambassadors - @beauty.ro