As the weather changes, so does our skin care routine.
With the temperamental weather patterns of the Bay Area, it’s important to maintain various skin care routines with the changing seasons. Although many people use the same type of regime throughout the entire year for their skin, making even the slightest of changes can make a visible difference in the way your skin looks and feels.
With all weather types we recommend wearing an SPF sunscreen or lotion to protect your face (and the rest of your body) against harsh UV rays and to help prevent sunburn. Many companies make specially formulated sunscreen and lotions for the face with a higher SPF and lighter feel. Starting your skin care routine with sunscreen is always a safe bet, even if the sun isn’t out.
With dryer weather, regardless of whether or not it’s hot, windy or cold, making sure that your skin is properly moisturized is key to maintaining a healthy glow and feel. It’s best to consult your esthetician as to what type of moisturizer works best as the type of cleanser you use in dry weather can affect your appearance and overall health. When it’s dry out, you don’t want to wash with something that is going to dry your skin out more, so typically a lighter cleanser, such as one infused with vitamin C, can help maintain a good level of moisture without overdoing it. For dry skin in dry weather, we recommend using a medium or heavier moisturizer, depending upon your age and skin type.
In humid weather we want to make sure the skin doesn’t get over moisturized or too dried out. Facial skin can be quite fickle, so it’s important to discuss your skin type with your esthetician to ensure the right balance for every type of weather. When it is humid, we recommend cleansing using a salicylic cleanser for more problematic skin, while for oily skin we recommend a bioglycolic cleansing gel that we use here in the spa, specifically for clients with oily skin. A face bar, which we also use in the spa, is also recommended for any type of skin. The face bar will exfoliate and cleanse the skin without leaving it dry.
Regardless of your skin type, maintaining a high level of water intake will also benefit your skin. Making sure you’re hydrated is important, not only to your internal health by keeping your organs nice and hydrated, but your skin as well. Upping your water intake also stimulates weight loss!
Again, with any skin type we recommend consulting your esthetician for the best methods in maintaining clear, healthy skin.