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Changing your skincare routine with the season!

Verity Edwards-Flaherty

From snowstorms in mid-March to England’s longest heatwave in five years, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is how you should be modifying your skincare routine.

This summer has reached record high temperatures for an unusually long period of time. This means your skin has been experiencing weather that it is not necessarily used to, including hot and humid environments to refreshingly cool air-conditioned spaces. So, what has this been doing to your skin and how should you go about protecting it?

Humidity increases the amount of sweat produced and released on to the skin, which can cause oiliness. Open pores increase the collection of dirt, oil and pollution particles, which can aggravate the skin. All of this can cause breakouts, eczema and even allergic reactions. If this isn’t bad enough for your skin, spending time in air-conditioned rooms also has its impacts. Air-conditioning reduces water levels in the outer layer of the skin, reducing its elastic properties, causing dryness. Sun damage has the biggest effect, drastically ageing skin, resulting in dark spots, dryness and wrinkles.

As a result of this, the first and foremost stage of your skincare routine should be cleansing. It is crucial to wash away any impurities and excess oil. Decléor's  Aroma cleanse 3 in 1 Hydra radiance cleansing mousse is the perfect way to do so, leaving skin beautifully clean, smooth and plump.

To prepare your skin for sun exposure, use the Aromessence solaire face oil serum.

Before exposing your skin to the sun, it is crucial to apply an SPF cream. An ideal product for the height of summer is the Aroma sun expert protective anti-wrinkle cream SPF30 face. Not only does it protect from UVA and UVB rays, it also prevents premature ageing.

Nobody really wants to be reminded that this scorching summer will come to an end at some point. However, as it does, temperatures and humidity levels will drop and the heating gets turned on. But, what does this do to your skin, and how can you protect it?

Throughout winter, your skin faces cold spells, icy winds and heating. Similar to summer, the drastic changes in temperatures from simply walking out of your warm house into crisp winter air has negative effects on your skin. Whether you crank the heating up inside or sit by a roaring fire, you expose your skin to very dry heat, leaving it in need of some serious TLC.

Yes, it is still crucial to cleanse your skin in winter, however, the most important step in your skincare routine should be moisturising. As a result of colder weather and dry heat, it is often wise to use a richer moisturising cream to repair dryness and prevent against further damage. Decléor’s hero, Hydra Floral Anti-pollution cream has moisture-boosting active ingredients to nourish your skin. For extra hydration, and optimal results, pair with an Aromessence serum to suit your skin type. Aromessence serums penetrate the skin to help nourish and restore skin for long lasting results.

But it’s not all doom and gloom: the sun doesn’t disappear altogether in winter. So, remember to apply an SPF 15 to protect your skin from the winter sun.