The quick answer is Yes! The relationship between temperature and skin can cause various skin changes amongst the colder and warmer months. For example, the content of melanin (pigmentation), skin hydration and sebum (oil) output are higher during Summer, whereas Winter months have less signs of melanin and less oil output, leaving the skin less hydrated and more dry.
Although both warm and cold months do not shy away from the skins aging process, it is important to consider a separate winter skin routine and a separate summer skin routine. During summer, it is important to consider products that protect your skin from UVA and UVB and help reduce pigmentation and age spots. It is a good idea to consider products that reduced sebum (oil) production.
An example of SUMMER skin routine that may be prescribed by our Clinicians at Melbourne Cosmetic Specialists;
Cleanser: Cosmedix clarify foaming cleanser – for sensitive and acne skin type with salicylic acid, which gently exfoliates without drying.
Serum: Cosmedix simply brilliant, which suppresses melanin and protects the skin from pigmentation.
Moisturiser: Cosmedix shineless moisturiser which reduces the look of oily skin in summer but also helps reduce problematic skin types as it is non comodogenic.
Sunscreen: Always apply sunscreen after serums to reduce photosensitivity of products but to also protect the skin from harsh UVA and UVB rays.
Cleanser: Dr Aspect Deep clean which deeply cleanses the skin, suitable for all skin types, especially pigmented, oily and problematic skin.
Serum: Dr Aspects Complete pigment plus is suitable for individuals who are prone to pigmentation, especially during exposure to high UVA and UVB index. It supresses melanin in the skin but also is suitable for all suitable skin types.
Moisturiser: Cosmedix shineless moisturiser, this can be reused at night for individuals with oily and problematic skin during summer
During Winter and with the over use of heating systems in the workplace or home, the skins barrier function is left compromised due to the narrowing of the skins pores and poor blood circulation; this leaves the dry and dehydrated. This can aggravate skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. it is important to consider gentle cleansers to reduce the risk of stripping the skin of its natural oils; and hydrating serums to boost hydration, such as hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid helps retain moisture in the skin with the added benefits of reducing the signs of wrinkles and fine lines. You can continue to use a retinol during winter to reduce the signs of aging, however the frequency may need to be adjusted to your skin during winter. It is important to still continue to wear sunscreen outdoors during winter too.
An example of WINTER skin routine that may be prescribed by our Clinicians at Melbourne Cosmetic Specialists;
Cleanser: Cosmedix purity solution is deep cleansing without drying the skin and jelps protect the barrier function of the skin.
Serum: Dr Aspect Optiboost is a potent antioxidant serum that contains hyaluronic acid and helps promote hydration of the skin.
Moisturiser: Aspect Super Moisturising Complex is exactly as its name, contains hyalyuronic serum and is rich in moisture.
Sunscreen: sunscreen should still be applied during colder months after the application of serums.
Cleanser: Cosmedix Purity Solution is also recommended to use at night.
Serum: Dr Aspect Hyaluronic serum replenishes moisture in the skin and helps protect against external free radical damage.
Moisturiser: Aspect Sheer hydration: This is a great alternative to the super moisturising complex if individuals have problematic breakout prone skin. An oil free moisturiser with antioxidant properties.
These are some great examples of the amazing skincare range we stock at Melbourne Cosmetic Specialists, and after a thorough skin analysis and skin consultation with our experienced Dermal Clinicians, we would be able to tailor a suitable skincare regimen for you individual needs.