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Treating Seasonal Skin Changes

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With each transition from one season to the next comes changes in weather, clothing and activities. Although many look forward to the new elements associated with seasons, not all changes are eagerly anticipated. As the different seasons approach, skin changes also occur.

When one season ends and another begins, preparations can be taken to adapt to the skin fluctuations. Every person may experience varying degrees of skin change, but nevertheless, most people undergo some type of skin adjustment as the climate shifts throughout the year. Before treating skin to adapt to the seasons, individuals must know and understand their specific skin type. People have different skin varieties, whether it is oily, dry, sensitive, combination or normal, but once skin type is determined, it will help clarify which treatments to use for the four seasons.

As the weather starts to warm up, people ditch their heavy jackets and boots for short sleeve shirts and sandals. Although you may feel eager to embrace the sunshine, the dry winter months leave skin rough and dry. “Nothing is worse for skin than a long, cold winter- the low humidity in conjunction with hot air, heat, and less fresh air often leave your skin looking dull, dry, rough, and even wrinkled and older,” Cheryl Citron, M.D., a certified cosmetic dermatologist from New Jersey, said.

To immediately treat dry winter skin for spring, apply a moisturizer with alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) all over the body. The ingredient deeply moisturizes through skin layers, leaving skin soft.

Skin cleansers can also prepare skin for the spring by eliminating dead skin cells. According to webmd.com, when you know your skin type, find the gentlest cleanser in your classification and apply smoothly to ensure no skin irritations.

To further care for skin that will most likely be exposed during the hot summer, gently exfoliate with a cleanser and your hands or a washcloth to banish dull skin. Be sure to continue treating skin throughout the summer about three or four times a week so skin will not return to its dry state.

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