Canada - a vast, beautiful place full of diverse people, wildlife, ecosystems, and.. changing weather patterns.
Depending on where you are in Canada, one could experience snow, hale, rain, sun, high winds, and freezing temperatures (all in the same day). On the Atlantic coast, the temperatures can change significantly, sometimes in only a matter of hours.
In these cases, you can only be prepared and deal with what comes. However, in the long run, we do have the opportunity to plan for the seasons and the impacts the changing weather will have on our body’s biggest organ, our skin.
Oil & Sebum Secretion - When the temperature increases, the natural oils secreted by your skin become active and thin. The oils will tend to gather in the pores, and without proper exfoliation or cleansing, can lead to skin irritation like acne or breakouts. Also humidity causes excessive sebum secretion = oily skin. Think spring on the Atlantic, or winter in BC. This can act as a magnet for dirt and pollutants, sticking to your skin and trapping within your pores. To prevent acne causing bacteria it’s important to exfoliate, remove the dirt from the pores, and cleanse gently.
In the opposite scenario, a cold and dry climate, the lack of moisture in the air causes your skin to dry out, increasing the appearance of wrinkles (pre-mature aging) and chance of irritation / flaking. The oils secreted from your skin tend to dry out, or become more solid, clogging pores.
Dry skin buildup - During the winter, many people find their skin becomes cracked, itchy, tight, and red. If the climate is dry, your skin will naturally become dry too, causing dull, flaky skin. Dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface and act as a barrier, preventing oils to transfer, and from moisturizers to enter and perform their job. ie - that amazing sea kelp moisturizer or serum you just purchased won’t get a chance to reach your pores. When the air around you is drier, be sure to exfoliate and cleanse regularly.
During colder, dry weather (fall/winter):
During warmer, humid weather (spring/summer):
Simple tips that will make a big difference in how your skin looks and feels. Choosing the right products, avoiding harsh chemicals, and being pro-active can help retain your skin’s health in any climate/season.
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- Extremely dry skin
- Cracked, cut, and scabbed skin
- Conditions such as: Eczema, Psoriasis & Rosacea
Winter is a tough time for our skin. If you live in a cold climate, it can have an even larger impact on the feel, look, elasticity, and health. Exposed areas of skin can become dried out, flake, crack, turn red from inflammation and even cause break-outs.
Exfoliation - Exfoliation is the process of removing these dead skin cells from pores, while nourishing the skin to repair moisture levels and prevent redness.
Moisturize (with a heavier cream) - Just as important as removing excess skin cells and bacteria from pores, is how we nourish our skin to bring it back to a healthy balance. Because skin is so deprived of moisture during the cold months, it’s important to switch to a heavier moisturizer with a nourishing base, like organic shea.