The nice thing about living in a place like New York is that there are 4 true seasons- you won’t get bored, there’s endless fashion opportunities and you’ll never have to suffer too long in any one type of weather.
On the flip side, however, is that changes in temperature, humidity and other elements can trigger your already sensitive skin to freak out a little bit more, so it’s best to start thinking about how to prevent that before the seasons really change (weather wise, that is). After having trialed-and- errored for a few seasons now, I’ve finally whittled down my five important tips to follow on how to take care of skin during transitioning seasons.
1. Don’t Forget the SPF: Even though you may no longer be lounging poolside, I can’t stress this one enough. In fact, the sun might even be hiding most days, but harmful UVA and UVB rays are not. So make sure you keep lathering on the SPF throughout the season (and all year). As one of my favorite beauty editors once said: if you’re not putting SPF on the corners of your eyes where the lines form, you’re cray.
2. Moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize: Preferably with a product that already contains SPF such as Simple’s Vital Day Cream SPF 15. Changes in weather can strip our skin of moisture, so make sure to keep replenishing it throughout the day. Whether you choose to stick to a lighter moisturizer or switch it up to something heavier is up to how comfortable your skin feels. The most important thing is to keep it moisturized regardless.
3. Step up the Exfoliation: I always find that my skin looks a bit duller during the colder months due to the drier air- plus I’m quickly losing that radiant summer color. To help keep my skin looking fresh and to promote healthy cell turnover, I step up the exfoliation, which sloughs off dead skin cells. I’m guilty of sometimes over-exfoliating, so I make sure always to use a gentle scrub that doesn’t create tears in my skin. Simple’s Smoothing Facial Scrub is perfect for both cleaning and brightening in just one step. I use that as my daily cleanser throughout the season.
4. Prevent dryness caused by unnecessary ingredients: Superfluous ingredients in some skincare products (like fragrance and alcohol) can cause additional dryness to skin, which obviously we don’t need any more of in the colder weather. So always opt for products that don’t aggravate your skin, especially during the transition months when the change in weather is already causing your skin to readjust and rebalance.
5. Don’t forget the lips and hands: My lips are always the first to start peeling whenever the weather changes even a little bit. I try to minimize that as much as I can by lathering on a creamy balm throughout the day. Another key part of our body that often gets overlooked is our hands, which have to brave the elements every day. To keep your hands cared for, follow the same instructions as for your face- SPF, moisturize and exfoliate.