Summer vs. Winter Skin | Guest Post

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untitledRight now, all the women in the world suffer from same problem: changing seasons and changing skincare routines. What is coming to your country right now, hot summer or freezing winter? Whatever it is, don’t worry, I will write about both of them. Enjoy.

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Summer skin

You are probably aware of the fact that your skin is way more dry during summer than it is during the winter. First of all, you spend much more time outside than you do during the winter and that may cause the dehydration of your skin. It can even lead to hyperpigmentation. This happens when the amount of melanin in your skin increases. Your skin and nails become darker than normal, and it is caused by skin injuries, sun damage or inflammation. Mediterranean, African or Asian people with darker skin are more prone to this disease. Healthy tan is a myth – having tan means your skin is damaged.
This is why it is very important to take good care of your skin during summer months and here is how you can do it:

Do’s

  • Use sunscreen on a daily basis – It doesn’t matter which skin type you have or how your body reacts to tanning – ALWAYS wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. Reapply it at least three times a day, every day. And remember, you can get sunburns even when the sky is cloudy.
  • Moisturize – moisturizers exist to protect our skin from all rough elements out there. During summer months, with extremely high temperatures, our skin can become very sensitive and dry. Use light moisturizer with hyaluronic acid for recovery and tone it with alcohol-free toner.
  • Wear protective clothingMake sure that you always have your wide brimmed hat and sunglasses along with unbleached or woven T-shirts to protect yourself from sunburns.
  • Hydrate – Instead of pouring coffee in your mouth as soon as you wake up, drink four glasses of water. It will save your skin from dryness, dullness and breakouts, and it is very good for your metabolism.
  • Tone – This part is really important if your skin is oily or acne-prone. The toner will prevent your skin from producing the unnecessary oils. Make sure it is alcohol-free, though. Apply the toner on a cotton round and tap it gently on your face.

Dont’s

  • Don’t expose to sunlight if your skin is going through changes – If you notice some of your moles changing, a discoloration of any kind or rough red patches anywhere, immediately visit your dermatologist. These are all signs of an early stage of skin cancer.
  • Don’t put all your trust in Aloe vera Some people believe that putting Aloe vera on their burns will cure them. Aloe vera is just a temporary relief so you don’t feel the pain from the burns.
  • Don’t sunbathe if you have sunburns – NEVER. As long as you feel the burn you should avoid the sun.

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Winter Skin

Unlike during hot months where skin gets greasy and dirty much easier (the heat expands your pores), during cold months your skin becomes much more prone to damages because it starts to tighten. You will need much more than coat and gloves to protect yourself.

Do’s

  • Moisturize – during cold months our skin is painfully dry and it needs to be moisturized all the time. Before putting the moisturizer on, use an alcohol-free toner to give your skin all the water it needs and then apply moisturizer. Reapply it at least 3 times a day.
  • Protect your skin – Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean that the sun stopped shining. It still does, and it still damages your skin, but this time you don’t notice it. This might come as a shock, but UV radiation is even bigger during the winter. Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 on your face, neck and hands daily for an ultimate protection.
  • Pamper your hands – Wear gloves honey. Your eczema-free hands and non-brittle nails will thank you.

Dont’s

  • Don’t forget about your lips – UV lights can, besides skin cancer, also cause lip cancer. Always apply lip balms or lipsticks with a high amount of SPF on your mouth, before going out.
  • Don’t take hot showers – Yes, I know, hot shower after a day of freezing is the best thing in the world, but that hot water can strip the natural elements from your skin and make it even dryer than it already is. Use lukewarm water instead – you’ll get used to it.

I hope you enjoyed the post! A big thank you to Mia for contributing this piece 🙂

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Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and she loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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