Your face goes through a lot – by nature, it’s designed to do so! You use the features on your head and face to see everything around you, to hear the conversations on the street and the music you love, to eat by the load or by the diet, and to breathe, and it’s one of the fastest healing places on your entire body. You face the world with your face, and it’s how people come to know you and love you, most of the time.
Which is why it’s important to know what your face goes through when it comes to the weather. If you know how the outside elements affect your skin on one of the most commonly exposed places of your body, you can better prepare to combat the effects. And that means you can have softer, supple, younger looking skin – it’s something a lot of companies seem to think they can offer us in a bottle, so why not think about the more natural ways to achieve this?
So here’s to being aware of how your face is affected by what goes on in the outside world. For the sake of some very common, and very annoying, chapped lips at the least, why not give these points a read through?
In the Spring and the Fall
The autumn and spring months can be lovely. They’re a time of pumpkin spice and everything nice, or they’re a time of rebirth and renewal, and cleaning out your entire house! But they’re also a time of low humidity, and brittle air around us. Sure, the sun can come out early, or still be out, and you’re still going to need some UV blocking here and there, but you’re going to need plenty of moisturiser too. Make sure you go beauty cream shopping sometime after the New Year, or after Labor Day!
Humidity climbs up and down rapidly and unpredictably during these seasonal months, and it can cause a wild reaction in your skin as a result. You skin can start to dry, or it can suddenly break out in blotches of spots; humid air causes you to sweat buckets, and gets your pores all blocked up, but dry air causes your blood vessels to restrict and dry out your skin glands as a result.
In the Summer
Two words to start us off: UV rays. The sun is out nearly 24/7 in the summer, and there’s a lot of sun exposure to go around because of it. And that can be bad for your face in large doses! Sure, you want to hit the beach as much as possible, and you’re going for long and lovely walks in the equally as lovely weather, but you need to temper this a little.
Sunlight is good for us, of course. It enriches our skin with vitamins, and makes sure we get plenty of Vitamin D for strong bones too. But when you’re out under its gaze for a full 8 to 12 hours, you can do yourself some damage. Sunburn, of course, varying from mild to serious, with huge red patches potentially appearing all over your body if you’re a fair skinned person. The skin here won’t restore to a safe level for at least 6 months after this. But there’s even a chance of DNA damage, according to the UVB rays the sun gives out as well.
So, two more words to continue this: sun cream. When you apply a good layer of this every morning before you go out, you’ve got a good couple hours of protection. When you take the bottle with you, and keep applying as you go, you can have a whole day of easy and ongoing protection covering your face! It’s a cheap and easy way to keep you skin soft and unweathered, and there’s even small bottles you can pack in your day bag for whenever you’re going out.
In the Winter
The winter is a harsh season, and probably the harshest on this list. During the winter, early humans who came long before us would bed down in their caves and huts and wait the time out, venturing out only when needed, and sleeping and eating as they rested until the spring started to emerge. But in the modern day and age, society goes on, and so do its expectations! You still have to get up for work, or if you’re a parent, get the kids to school. You have to go about your days as normal, and fight off the brittle cold as you go.
And that can be incredibly damaging to your face and its features. Cold weather can make our noses run like mad as we’re walking, and you might be stopping every 5 minutes or so to rummage for a tissue. Then comes your eyes, which can steam up and run dry because of the pelting breeze you’re outside in, and you might need to purchase some drops from the chemist to keep you seeing straight. You can become ill very easily, because the conditions outside assault your immune system as well!
But when it comes to your face, it’s your lips that suffer the worst, and you might just be noticing more markings or would be wrinkles appearing around and across your upper lips because of the cold and bluster.
During the winter, the moisture in the air is completely sucked away. It’s a dry atmosphere, and it isn’t humid like the summer can be. You won’t be prone to acne, but you are going to be extremely dehydrated, and you’ll be dehydrated a lot faster too – be sure to pack a water bottle in your bag even in during the winter!
How is Your Face Faring?
The seasons can have a huge effect on your face, and they’re always going to. But you don’t have to suffer through it, especially when you know what’s actually going on behind the scenes. Go and show the world your smile!