As summer swings into high gear, you may notice some changes in how your skin’s behaving. According to dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee (aka Dr. Pimple Popper), seasonal changes can have a definite impact on your skin. Here’s her take on the transitions, and her tips on (ahem) weathering the storm.
How does weather affect your skin?
Your skin is highly adaptable, but at the end of the day, your complexion prefers consistency. When the climate changes — from season to season, or when you’re travelling — the variations in temperature, humidity, and sun exposure challenge the delicate balance your skin works so hard to achieve.
What happens to skin during hotter, more humid weather?
Chances are, you’ve experienced the extremes that often come with rising temperatures and humidity. Here’s what’s really happening.
Your skin could get dehydrated
When temperatures rise, skin can lose moisture through evaporation. If you’re not getting enough water, your skin could become water deficient.
Increased sun exposure during summer months can also exacerbate dehydration, says Dr. Lee. This leaves your skin especially vulnerable to UV damage.
How to prevent summer skin dehydration
The good news? There are two very easy ways to keep skin hydrated:
- Consume plenty of water.
- Hydrate skin with products that contain hyaluronic acid, which can hold 1,000x its weight in water. Find it in SLMD Skincare Skin Drink, an extremely effective hydrating and moisturising serum that won’t clog your pores.
- Moisturise skin with non-comedogenic products like SLMD Skincare Facial Moisturizer, which contains brightening vitamin C.
Your skin may produce too much oil
It takes a little time for skin to adjust to warmer temperatures — which means that you might be over-producing sebum. Combine that with typical summertime perspiration, plus the increased use of potentially-occlusive SPF products, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for clogged pores.
How to keep skin clear during summertime
Dr. Lee has two favourite clinical ingredients for keeping oil production — and blemishes — in check during the hotter months.
- Salicylic acid: this powerful exfoliant penetrates into pores to prevent the clogged pores that may lead to breakouts. Find it in SKMD Skincare Salicylic Acid Cleanser — a gentle yet highly effective face wash that’s ideal for everyday use.
- Sulfur: this natural mineral is known for being gentle on sensitive skin while absorbing excess oil. SLMD Skincare Sulfur Lotion is a lightweight formula that absorbs quickly — perfect for warmer weather.
How does colder weather affect your skin?
It may seem like just as you’ve gotten into the perfect summer skincare routine, the seasons start changing again. In the autumn and winter months, your skin will need to work harder to stay hydrated, as well as amp up its moisture level. Dr. Lee says that adding a couple of extra drops of Skin Drink and using your Facial Moisturizer diligently should do the trick.
Dr. Lee’s last word
Part of why I created SLMD Skincare was to take the guesswork out of taking care of your skin. While it’s absolutely true that your skin changes with the seasons, I want patients to feel in control of that process. Typically, small adjustments to your routine — as well as making healthy choices to support skin function — is all that you need.
— Dr. Sandra Lee