Is there such a thing as a perfect season for skin?
At The Aesthetic Skin Clinic, we believe so. Summer is a wonderful time of year with its warm, sunny days, visits to the beach, and the chance to wear cute summer dresses – as well as having the gorgeous sun-kissed skin you’ve been looking forward to all year. However, it can also be incredibly damaging to your skin, more so than you realise, mainly because of the sun and its UV rays.
On the other hand, autumn’s milder weather is the perfect time to repair your skin and prepare it for the colder winter months ahead.
Why Your Skin is Probably in Need of Repair
You may not realise it as you go about your daily routine, but your skin is exposed to a variety of damaging agents every single day; during summer, the main culprit is definitely the sun, even if you don’t get sunburnt or think the sun wasn’t that strong.
Ultraviolet rays aggressively break down collagen and stimulate splotchy pigmentation, which can speed up the ageing process too. More specifically, sun rays create free radicals when they contact your skin, damaging everything from collagen and proteins to cellular structures and even DNA. Both UVA and UVB radiation can induce inflammation and hurt the cells of your eyes, for example.
All of this damage is also reflected in wrinkles, sunspots and early signs of ageing. Dry skin is equally common when temperatures are high, as heat can remove your skin’s much-needed moisture.
So, while you may believe that your complexion doesn’t look damaged, the truth is that a lot of this damage will be ‘skin deep’ at first – you can’t see the breaking down of your collagen or your skin’s connective tissues, for instance, but you can repair it before winter arrives.
Why Autumn is the Perfect Season for Skin
Autumn is a fantastic season and not just because you get to wear cosy jumpers, enjoy a good hot chocolate or smell pumpkin spice no matter where you go. It’s also a great time of year to rejuvenate your skin by correcting the sun damage that occurred during summer and making sure your complexion is ready for the cold ahead.
After all, while summer can cause the damage we mentioned above, winter’s icy-cold winds can strip the surface of the skin, drying it and damaging it just as much. However, in autumn, the weather is a lot milder and much more forgiving to your skin.
Hydration has never been more important as it is in autumn, then. It can help you to prevent issues such as dryness and to maintain healthy-looking skin throughout the whole season. And exfoliation is equally crucial. Many people neglect this step because they believe it can worsen dryness; however, exfoliation is one of the best ways to treat a dry, flaky complexion. By exfoliating and hydrating your skin, you’re helping it to absorb more moisture, which will increase the effectiveness of skincare products.
Both of these will also help your complexion when the weather gets really cold. Wind is especially bad for your skin, as it can dry your skin very quickly – but if you take care of it in autumn, then you won’t have to suddenly go into ‘urgent repair mode’ in winter. If your skin remains sun-damaged or dry as it goes into winter, you may find that it takes a very long time for your complexion to return to its usual smooth and glowing self.
So, adjust your skincare routine and change your products with the change of the season – this way, you can avoid developing redness and flakiness or having dull and dreary skin.
As a cosmetic skin clinic in Belfast, Guernsey and Jersey, and with many years of experience under our collective belts, we are well aware of just how much weather can steal your glow and leave you with lacklustre skin. We’ve successfully helped many people regain a glowing, youthful-looking complexion through our treatments, so keep an eye on this page to know which procedures are best for you this upcoming season – and how they work to make your skin healthy once again.
We have cosmetic skin clinics in three different locations. You can visit our Belfast cosmetic clinic, Guernsey cosmetic clinic, or Jersey cosmetic clinic. Why not get in touch and book an appointment with a member of our experienced team.