By Cheryl Lindsey
Special to Live Local! magazine
Did you know your skin has different needs as the seasons change? Using the same products for extended periods can lead to skin that stops responding well or even becomes sensitive. We don’t have four distinct seasons in Florida, but some things work better when it’s cooler, others better when it’s warmer. Year-round, consider ingredients that include peptides and growth factors, which stimulate collagen and reduce the look of fine lines; and antioxidants, which protect, heal and renew the skin from external pollutants and UV damage.
Fall & winter
While we don’t have the kind of winters here in the bay area that northern friends experience, we do see cooler temperatures and less humidity. Because our skin is acclimated to a moist, warm environment, we can feel that difference with dry skin and rougher texture. The lower UV exposure and heat make this time of year optimal for more active exfoliation, both at home and professionally. This is the time to include an appropriate retinol for your skin type and moisture-binding ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, panthenol and sodium PCA. More aggressive in-office treatments like peels and microdermabrasion can be considered in cooler months, too.
Spring & summer
With climbing temperatures and UV exposure, your skin health regimen should revolve around ingredients that encourage cell renewal and protection in a more gentle way. Vitamin C & E serums help to stimulate collagen, reduce inflammation and protect against UV damage as well as oxidation. Mineral sun protection that includes zinc and/or titanium is especially important this time of year, even if you spend much of your time indoors. Professional treatments should focus on gentle enzymes and AHAs that stimulate collagen without aggressive exfoliation and trauma.
Cheryl Lindsey, LE, CNHP, is owner of The Chrysalis, a skincare studio in Clearwater. She can be reached at 727.647.9448 or through her website, InTheChrysalis.com.
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