Skin Care Across the Climate Spectrum
by Jorja Flemming, CIE STUDENT
When I was in my early twenties, I moved from Denver to Boston, and my skin went from clear to crazy almost overnight. I had no idea that a climate change could send my skin into shock! Now that I have gone through the esthetic program at CIE, Inc., I have learned how to combat climate changes and the effect weather can have on skin.
Cold weather is just around the corner, and it can have a drastic effect on skin. So, to keep your skin healthy and glowing during the winter months, be sure to drink lots of water, apply sunscreen, and exfoliate. According to sheknows.com, drinking water is just as important in the winter because we tend to not drink as much when it is cold outside and then end up dehydrated. In cold weather, most of us dont even think about sunscreen. However, temperature has nothing to do with how much of the suns rays can harm us. So, be sure to grab that SPF. Some great options would be Sanitas Solarblock, or any one of the sunscreens sold by Image Skincare. Dehydration and cold can leave skin looking dull and lifeless, but exfoliation can prevent dry skin from building up as well as increases cell turnover rates, giving skin a healthy glow.
Normally Colorado has a dry climate, but in the last few weeks we have had a lot more humidity then most of us are used to. This increase in moisture can leave the skin feeling sticky. According to Dr. Shamban in an article for Cosmo, humidity can also clog pores. The two biggest things to remember to prevent this are to use toner and an oil free moisturizer. Toner can help cut that sticky feeling caused by sweat adhering to the skin due to the extra moisture in the air, and oil free moisturizer can help keep skin nourished without clogging pores. Sanitas Hydrating, Mild Medicated or Glyco Toners are great, and they have a wonderful Oil Free Moisturizer as well.
Most of Colorado is an alpine desert; such a dry climate means that many of us can have dry skin. According to the Mayo Clinic, dry skin can be more than a big problem! It can cause a host of problems including fissures (tiny cracks in the skin) and infections. Luckily for most of us, dry skin can be helped or eliminated with a few easy steps. First, using creamy cleansers are key. Secondly, when skin is dry, be sure to avoid anything with alcohol in it because it will make it worse. My personal favorite is Sanitas Milk and Honey Cleanser, as it is both hydrating and smells divine. Third, be sure to take two minutes in the morning and two minutes in the evening to use a good moisturizer, as this is the number one way to beat dry skin. Lastly, use a mild exfoliator on a weekly basis to remove dead skins cells, keeping them from building up and reducing itchiness. A great one to try would be an enzyme exfoliating mask by Sanitas called Papaya Pineapple Mask.
Just making a few changes your routine can make a huge difference to your skin during a climate change. Now when I go back to Boston to catch up with old friends, I will know exactly what to take.