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(Released by SeneGence 5/24/2017)
You likely already know that the seasonal shift toward spring and summer means that you will need to take certain additional precautions when it comes to your skin care. What you might not know is that you should be alternating your approach with every season, adjusting the products that you use and how you use them every three months or so in order to accommodate the different conditions. If you don’t know what difference a season can make, consider the following tips, courtesy of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
The ASDS’s primary piece of advice for the spring season: wear sunscreen. It is recommended that you apply a half-ounce of sunscreen any time you prepare to head outdoors, even on days where it may seem overcast. This not only protects your skin from harmful UV rays, but it helps prevent painful sunburn by gradually reintroducing your skin to sunlight. MakeSense Original Foundation provides a mechanical shield equivalent to an SPF 30 when applied after SeneDerm DayTime Moisturizer. Additionally, SeneSun SPF 30 SunScreen (US only) provides effective UV protection with a light, oil-free formula.
While you might think that sunscreen is primarily a spring and summer product, the ASDS suggests that you should make a habit of applying it any time you plan on going outside for an extended period, regardless of the season. Similarly, lip blocks or lip balms should be used regularly to protect the lips from sunlight and other elements. LipSense Glosses and Lip Balm deeply moisturize and help protect lips from natural elements that can dehydrate and damage them.
As the weather gets even hotter and the sun becomes even more piercing, application of at least SPF 30 sunscreen every two hours is a must when you plan to be outside. You will also want to consider wearing protective clothing if you are going to exposed to the sun for long periods of time—consider carrying a light hooded sweatshirt or workout pants that you can slip on over your outdoors attire, and bring a hat to keep your scalp protected.
Leslie Baumann, MD, tells WebMD.com that the skin care products you use should vary depending on your natural skin type. Listen to your skin, and use the SeneDerm SkinCare Collection that is right for you- either Dry, Normal to Dry, Normal to Oily or Oily to Acne (US only). BHG.com recommends exfoliating more and hydrating less as a general rule, but ultimately, what works best for you will depend on your skin type.
When fall rolls around, ASDS recommends using a number of skin care products, including moisturizers, exfoliants, lip balms and hand creams. SeneDerm DayTime and Evening Moisturizers, Advanced Anti-Aging, and BodyCare items will be especially important during this season. Additionally, in lieu of daily lotion application, it is recommended that you switch to cream to provide an extra level of hydration for your skin. Both Advanced Hydration Body Lotion and Shea Butter Body Cream offer deep, nourishing hydration to the skin on your body, and especially rough areas such as heels, elbows and knees. Cosmopolitan.com also recommends using antioxidant-rich, moisturizing repair creams at night to promote increased skin health, as well as adding nourishing oil to the mix for better effectiveness. Evening Moisturizers contain antioxidants such as Vitamin E to help maintain healthy cells while you sleep, while SeneDerm Solutions Nangai Oil gives your skin an enhanced ability to retain moisture, with natural triglycerides contained in the oil.
When the weather outside gets frightful, hydration is quite delightful. ASDS recommends applying a moisturizer right after getting out of the bath to keep your skin at its best, as well as favoring shorter baths or showers using lukewarm water, instead of long baths in hot water. Using SeneDerm Body Wash and Body Scrub give your skin another dose of powerful anti-aging protection, even before applying Body Lotion or Body Cream. Because winter also lays quite a beating on your hands and face, consider these areas even more: wear gloves, scarves or facial protection whenever possible, and be certain to treat these areas with moisturizer (like SeneDerm Hand Cream with Shea Butter) once you are indoors.
By treating your skin differently based on the time of the season, you stand a better chance of having healthy skin no matter the weather. Invest in a wide array of skin-bolstering products and utilize them properly, and never again have to worry about not looking or feeling your best.