Should I Change My Cleanser with the Season?

October 9, 2019

Dr. Sylvia Skin Care CleanserYour skin can act differently from season to season. In the summer, it may become oily due to heat and similar environmental factors. In the winter, it may become dryer and more prone to redness when the humidity level outside drops. As skin tends to change from season to season, it only makes sense to change your skin care routine with it. While it is not always necessary to switch out your products every few months, it can be helpful if you notice that your cleanser isn’t working as well in the spring as it does in the fall. Here are a few tips for altering your skin care routine to support seasonal changes.  

Control Excess Oil

In a previous post, we discussed the truth about cleansers and toners and why you need them. In the blog, we outlined the primary uses of cleansers, such as the removal of dirt and impurities. It is important to realize that not all cleansers provide the same benefits. While some cleansers are equipped to clean normal skin, others are better suited for oily or dry skin. 

Choosing a cleanser based on your skin throughout the year can help you better manage its appearance. If you have problematic or oily skin, a cleanser designed to reduce excess oil, such as the Deep Cleanser with AHA, can be highly effective in keeping your complexion clear and non-greasy.

Adjust Moisture Levels

In the winter months when your skin becomes dryer and rougher in texture, switching to a more hydrating moisturizer may be helpful. A cold climate in combination with central heating in the home can wreak havoc on your complexion. However, you don’t want to slather on a thick moisturizer that will clog your pores and contribute to breakouts. 

Opt for a lightweight moisturizer with natural ingredients designed to hydrate and nourish the skin. You may need to apply a moisturizer twice a day to keep your skin soft and smooth. Once spring comes around, you can cut back based on your skin’s dryness. 

Increase Your SPF Use

You probably already use a sunscreen during the summer months. However, does your SPF use stop when fall begins? If it does, consider making a change to your skin care routine. The use of body sunscreens is not usually needed in the cooler months when your skin is covered in sweaters and coats. However, you should still be applying a facial sunscreen product in the fall, winter, and spring seasons. 

Even if the sun’s not directly shining down on you, your skin can suffer the effects of UV rays. A lightweight facial SPF can be worn under your makeup to protect your skin from damage.

Many women continue using the same old skin care products season to season. It’s important to adapt to each season which sometimes means switching out your cleanser or another product for one that will better benefit your skin. For more information about choosing a cleanser, contact our Harvard-trained skin specialist Dr. Sylvia Ramirez.