Seasonal Skin Care: Year-Round Skin Tips

Should you change your skin care regimen from season to season? The general answer is yes because of differences such as sun exposure, temperature, and humidity between seasons in most places. In Colorado, the generally beautiful weather promotes outside activity, and the abundant sunshine we enjoy here means that our skin needs to be protected from sun damage year-round. In winter, the combination of lower humidity and the frequency of bright sunny days in Colorado present special challenges to your skin. During the winter months you should use a good quality moisturizer and when engaging in outdoor activity, always use a sun block which contains Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide (or both) with an SPF rating of at least 30. We offer both of these in the clinic. In summer, the need for frequent application of sun block increases. It is especially important to use a facial moisturizer that contains a high SPF during the day to protect your face from harmful rays, even if you only spend a few minutes at a time outdoors. Adding antioxidants to your daily skin care regimen will also add to your skin’s healthy glow and help protect it from the elements and environmental pollution. If you are on an anti-aging regimen using glycolic or retinoic products, you should consider reducing their use because of the sun-sensitizing affects they have on the skin. Wearing clothing with built-in sun block features is also an excellent way to protect your skin, especially if you are outdoors for extended periods of time. Regardless of the season, your skin is remarkably adaptive and resilient, and with proper care you can maintain a healthy, radiant look throughout the changing year.