Just as our wardrobe changes during each season, so does our skin. Right after Summer, the skin starts to recover from dehydration. Prolonged sun exposure from tanning evaporates our face from its natural oils while chlorine from pools and salt from sea also contribute to dryness. One moment we are carefree basking in the sun; the next we are cursing ourselves at the sight of fine lines.
Despite this dehydration, our hot and humid summers in Malta make our skin feel oilier. A light moisturiser is key to combat such feeling. An organic product that has earned its own shelf place this Summer is the Geranium & Thistle Combination Skin Cream, from the newly discovered brand Pai. There are various other brands that produce light moisturisers, suiting to your budget and preferences.
A new concept this Summer has been that of beauty elixirs. Being a religious follower of beauty YouTubers and bloggers, I have come across the Caudalíe Beauty Elixir multiple times. This could either be used as a make up base, or to freshen up during the day.
As Autumn approaches, our skin starts craving hydration. Richer products make their way into our skincare collection to build up on the shortage of natural oils. Sulfate–free cleansers avoid stripping of the skin. I swear by organic skincare, and I have recently come across Pai and Michael Todd. From the latter, I have been using the Honey and Oat Gentle Deep–Pore Cleanser recurrently. To keep the hydration going strong, a serum is a must. Containing antioxidants, serums nourish and hydrate the skin, preventing fine lines and wrinkles. In case of extremely oily skin, limit use to three or four times a week.
Us sufferers of sensitive skin often receive mixed views on certain products, particularly exfoliators, or as they are more commonly known, scrubs. Some experts say they should be banned due to being harsh on sensitive skin. But would someone please tell us how are we going to remove the build up of dead skin cells? After three months of chlorine and sun, our skin is left looking dull and ho–hum. The answer is to find the right exfoliator, preferably organic with very fine grains. Thalgo and Michael Todd produce ones suitable for all skin types.
Moisture absorption tends to happen faster in Winter, which is why moisturising may be required more than twice a day. However, if you are at work or school all day this may be not be possible. But no worries – this is where beauty elixirs come in handy during the Winter months.
One might say we are deceived either way – dehydration in Summer and in Winter! The solution is to feed your skin with the right products. Speaking of feeding, diet also plays a major role in radiant–looking skin. But let’s leave that for another time, shall we?