It’s September and we’re discussing our seasonal approach to personal and professional skin care and why switching things up makes sense for your skin.
While we still have some weeks to go before fall arrives, it’s time to start thinking ahead to changing your skin care and treatment regimen. If you use your favorite skincare products and have the same treatments year-round, you might be wondering why? Here’s the reasoning behind the seasonal approach we have always practiced:
- Your body has different metabolic needs as the seasons change. As days shorten and light dims, our bodies need different things. Therefore, Mother Nature (a.k.a. “Mom”) gives us different foods in different seasons. These seasonal fluctuations are also why we sleep differently and experience mood changes. Changing our diet and lifestyle to accommodate these needs is a great way to support your body and mind throughout the year. Here are some suggestions for getting started with seasonal eating, as well as a guide to what’s in season in your state now. Since your skin is the largest organ in your body, doesn’t it make sense that it would have unique seasonal needs too?
- Activities change in the fall and winter months. Depending on the climate where you live, you may find yourself being more active indoors or out. The sporting and workout activities we enjoy can change as well. If you are accustomed to lots of outdoor activities like boating, golf and swimming in the summer, this likely kept you from doing more aggressive/corrective professional skin care treatments. This will change in the fall and certainly winter, giving you an opportunity to do some more corrective work with your skin. Keeping these changes in mind will help you prep for those treatments by incorporating more corrective skincareat home as well.
- Weather is cooler and drier with generally less humidity and a lot less UV exposure. This means your skin will need different protection both with SPF as well as hydrators and moisturizers to keep the skin comfortable, balanced and protected. Different antioxidant profiles in treatment serums and our need for exfoliation changes with the seasons too.
- Because just like your muscles develop “muscle memory” when you perform the same exercise or strength training routine all the time, in a similar way will your skin stops responding well to the same products and treatments when used continually. Switching it up can offer some of the same effects that you love, but in much different ways, activating new mechanisms and pathways for even more benefits.
- We get bored. Come on, admit it. You know how much fun it can be to try new products and see the benefits! Why not use the seasonal change as a time to incorporate a great new product or treatment into your routine?
We’ll go into lots more detail next time as we address seasonal skin health from the outside in.