Are you tired of your skin feeling like a dry, flaky mess in the winter and an oily slick in the summer? Unfortunately, each climate has its set of skincare challenges. And this can be frustrating if you're uncertain how to adjust your skincare routine. But fear not! In this post, we'll share tips and tricks for effective skincare across different climates, so you can keep your skin looking its best all year round.
Summer skincare can be challenging as it can bring about sunburn, Melasma, dehydration, and other problems. This can be particularly challenging for individuals who live in places where the sun seems to shine (and burn!) perpetually (think Colorado and Arizona). Or you may be headed for a sunny vacation in Florida or Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. In any case, here are some practical ways to stay on top of your protective skin regimen.
1. Shield your skin from the sun
Even if it's cloudy outside, the sun's UV rays can still penetrate your skin. Get sunscreen with a minimum SPF score of 30, and reapply every two hours when outdoors. Remember to use high-quality moisturizers to instantly soothe sunburn (and any burn!) and help prevent peeling, such as the Cocoroo Mint Condition Organic Coconut Oil Moisturizer made with organic cold-pressed coconut oil and Macadamia nut oil for all-day nourishing moisture. This product even works better than aloe without the sticky feeling.
2. Stay hydrated
Down plenty of water to keep your body hydrated from the inside out.
3. Avoid hot baths
Hot showers can be harsh on the skin as they can strip it of natural oils, resulting in dryness and irritation. Try taking lukewarm showers instead.
4. Use a light weight moisturizer
In the summer, you don't need the heavy moisturizers you use in the winter. Instead, switch to a lightweight moisturizer that won't clog your pores.
Skincare for Humid Climates
If you reside in a warm and humid climate like Florida or Mississippi, humidity can be the biggest enemy in maintaining your skin's natural balance. Here's how you can care for your skin in such an environment:
1. Wash your face twice a day
Humidity can cause excess oil production, so removing any dirt and oil from your face twice a day is essential.
2. Use a mattifying moisturizer
Look for a moisturizer that controls oil and shine while also preventing breakouts.
3. Wear light, breathable clothing
Tight, synthetic clothing can trap sweat, leading to irritation and breakouts. Choose to wear loose, breathable clothing made from natural fibers.
Skincare for Dry Climates
The subtropics and deserts have a hot and dry climate, such as certain areas in Arizona, New Mexico and So Cal. However, there are also places where it can be both cold and arid, like some parts of the United States (called a cold desert climate).
In such places, prolonged periods of low precipitation and high temperatures result in either hot or cold temperatures. Regardless, such a climate may provide some relief from the humidity. Yet, they can also cause skin dryness and irritation, leading to fine lines and wrinkles. Thus, if you live in any of these locations, make sure to include these hydrating steps in your skincare routine:
1. Use an oil-based moisturizer
During the day, use a lightweight, oil-based moisturizer to help seal in moisture. At night, use a heavier product for more intensive hydration.
One common skin problem you may experience is windburn. Although it can occur in both warm and cold weather, the skin is typically more susceptible to this condition in cold, dry climates. Here is where products like Cocoroo's Restore & Glow 7-in-1 Face Serum, a super-charged blend designed to re-balance your microbiome, can help strengthen your skin's natural moisture barrier against heightened dryness. This serum has raspberry seed oil that boasts a natural SPF of about 60.
2. Use a gentle cleanser
Avoid soaps and other harsh cleansers that can strip your skin of its natural oils. Instead, use a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser.
3. Use a hydrating face mask
Once a week, use a hydrating face mask to boost your skin’s moisture.
4. Don't forget your body
Use a hydrating body lotion to keep your skin smooth and supple.
Skincare for Coastal Climates
Do you dream of warmer winters and cooler summers? Then perhaps you'd like to live in places like Florida and California, which have a predominantly coastal climate. However, this kind of climate can be full of saltwater, sand, and powerful sun, which can be especially damaging to the skin. So go proactive in caring for “coastally-conditioned" skin by following the skincare strategies below:
1. Wear sunscreen
Even under cloudy skies, the sun's harmful rays can still penetrate your skin. So use a waterproof sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 at the beach or when you are outdoors for extended periods.
Whilst CocoRoo's face serum is not a sunscreen it does have red raspberry seed oil which is an SPF of 60.
2. Rinse off after swimming
Saltwater can be incredibly drying and leave behind a film that can clog your pores. Make it a point to always rinse off with fresh water after swimming.
Sand can get trapped in pores, leading to breakouts. Exfoliate your body regularly to remove any buildup.
4. Use a hydrating face mist
A refreshing face mist can provide instant hydration and prevent your skin from feeling tight and dry after a day at the beach.
For many people, winter is just one of the seasons. Yet, in places with a cold, dry climate, like Minnesota and New York, with just a few weeks of summer, the frosty weather is a way of life. Whether you live in or travel to wintry wonderlands, the cold air outdoors and the dry, heated air indoors can wreak havoc on your skin. Some skin issues you may experience include chapped lips, dryness, and irritation. To combat these effects, check out the tips below:
1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Use an oil-based heavy moisturizer to help seal moisture, particularly on the dry areas of your face. Look for products with ingredients like jojoba oil, plum oil, and ceramides.
2. Use a humidifier
Since indoor heating can cause the air to become dry. By using a humidifier, you can bring back some much-needed moisture.
3. Don't forget your lips
Use an SPF-infused lip balm to protect your kissers from harsh winds and sun damage.