Hormonal or seasonal changes are the most common reasons why our skin changes. I recently went from freezing cold NYC to humid and sticky Thailand my skin went totally crazy on me. It was sensitive, oily, and I developed this rash on my cheeks and chin not to mention a few pimples here and there too! Yuk! So I switched from an oil based cleanser to a light organic cream cleanser to prevent irritation and give me a gentle cleanse.
When the skin is going through change it is always safe to not over do it, like applying a peel or using anything too abrasive on it for fear of further damage and irritation to the skin. Gently treat it and give it time to get back on track before you begin your regular treatments again.
I love to steam my skin at home with some hot water in a bowl and essential oils (depending on my mood) with a towel over my head. This really helps to detox and loosen the dead skin cells, do this for about 5mins and then follow with a gentle cleanse. Then do it again. I usually follow with a gentle exfoliation; this is the key to smooth, even, radiant looking skin. For best results use some form of mild exfoliant daily as well. Best to do this at night before bed so that you can load up with serums, anti-oxidant laden creams overnight moisture masks etc that your skin will just soak up.
You will feel the difference in the morning 🙂
When choosing sun protection, higher is always better. For the most effective coverage, choose SPF 20 and above. If possible, give your SPF a boost in the morning by using an antioxidant rich product with it. If you’re worried about the oily effect of sunscreens opt for a mineral powder with sunscreen in it.
And of course try and fit in a facial at least once a month, not just because it’s good for your skin, but because they are relaxing…and a girls gotta indulge!