Last updated on February 20, 2022
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The changing seasons don’t mean just switching out your wardrobe.

Your regular skin-care routine doesn’t work all year long because different seasons bring different weather.

Read on to explore some skin-care survival tips for the changing seasons.

From Summer To Fall and Winter

The cooler temperatures bring a drop in humidity. Our skin tends to be oilier in the summer sun, but as the air dries out, so does our skin. 

During the colder seasons of fall and winter, therefore, your skin is more likely to experience flakiness and dry patches.

Make these changes during the fall and carry them into winter:


For the fall and winter, opt for a cream-based cleanser to hydrate and moisturize the skin if you want to combat the dry air.


During the colder months, begin using a hydrating serum after you cleanse your skin. Hydration is crucial to prevent your skin from becoming dry and flaky, and serum will do the trick.  


Use a moisturizer after applying your serum to lock in the moisture. This will keep your skin soft and supple all winter long.

From Winter to Spring and Summer

At the first signs of spring, it’s time to change your skin-care routine again.

These changes should last until the leaves begin to change color again and fall returns.

The warmer temperatures during spring and summer can cause your skin to become oilier and more prone to breakouts.

Provide protection against pollution, heat, and humidity by making these simple changes to your skin-care routine.


Put away the rich, creamy cleanser in favor of a lighter one. Look for a formula that contains papaya or pineapple extract. These ingredients will brighten your skin and gently exfoliate away aging skin cells.


We typically spend more time outside during the warm months. You can find us lounging in our backyards, at the beach, or at the pool—or perhaps enjoying a walk through our neighborhoods.

Unfortunately, the extra time we spend outdoors brings the potential for oilier skin. The heat can increase the production of sebum, so look for a light serum that will minimize and repair acne scars without leaving your skin feeling greasy.


The increase in temperatures brings an increase in humidity, which can cause your skin to look extra shiny from the excess oil production. The skin doesn’t need as much moisture during the summer, so switch to a lighter weight moisturizer during the warmer months of the year.

All Year Round

As you make your way through these skin-care survival tips for the changing seasons, it’s important to note that you should be applying a few products no matter what season you’re in:

  • Sunscreen: Make sure you’re applying a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more every morning. It’s your best defense against harmful UV rays.
  • Eye cream: An eye cream will combat puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines around the eyes. It should remain an essential part of your skin-care routine all year long.
  •  Exfoliant: An exfoliant will take your skin from dull to radiant. It removes dead skin cells that collect on the surface of your body every day.

As the seasons change, pay extra attention to exfoliation to remove any additional seasonal stresses your skin endures.

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