How Do Changing Seasons Affect Your Skin?

How Do Changing Seasons Affect Your Skin?

Posted by Bio-First Team on

Unfortunately there is no simple answer to this one, it really depends on type of climate and type of skin. 

For example summer can be hot and dry in some places, warm and humid in others. 

Winter can be cold and dry in some places, rainy and windy in others. 

Your skin can also be oily or dry, young or old, male or female, healthy or unhealthy.

Add to these variables, we have the many differences in human habits – some folk stay indoors in heated rooms during winter, others go out and exercise in the cold. Some people spend a lot of time in the summer sun while others cover up in the shade. 

All this makes it hard to generalise, however there are a few relevant facts:

  • Most skin conditions are linked to issues such as hydration, elasticity, thickness, roughness, and water loss

  • Skin loss of water indicates poor barrier function which in turn is a feature of all Eczema cases

  • Seasonality is a factor with Eczema and other skin conditions

  • Most skin diseases are known to break out at certain times of year

  • Extreme temperature and relative humidity changes are the common factors

  • UV-B exposure is an additional major issue

  • Different skin areas react differently to the weather, ie face v feet

  • Cold dry conditions aggravate Eczema prone skin

  • Hot humid conditions aggravate Acne

  • Seasonal changes impact skin barrier function of different types of sensitive skin at different levels

So how can you care for your skin?

  • Adjust your skin care for seasonal transitions and changes

  • Start by learning how your particular skin is affected on different parts of the body

  • Protect the face in particular from harsh sun and cold

  • Invest in natural, non-toxic skin care

  • Moisturise year round as required

  • Take extra care with seasonal changes if your skin is sensitive



Written by Dr Jude Lenart, PhD in Natural Medicine.

This is general information for our readers, not medical advice or opinion.

Jude has a Ph.D. in Natural Medicine  -  she is not a medical practitioner.



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