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Embrace Every Season: Your Guide to Year-Round Skincare

Ah, the ever-changing dance of the seasons! Just as we swap out our wardrobes and adjust our activities, our skin too craves a tailored routine to keep it happy and healthy throughout the year. From combatting winter dryness to summer’s sizzling sun, let’s dive into how you can tweak your skincare regime and bask in the glow of every season. And hey, we’ll sprinkle in some SPF wisdom with a dash of light-heartedness, because protecting your skin is serious business, but there’s no harm in having a little fun with it!

Riding the Seasonal Skincare Rollercoaster

Picture this: winter winds whipping, and your skin feeling as parched as the Sahara. Yep, that’s the season of dryness, folks. But fret not! A rich moisturiser and some TLC will have your skin singing praises.

Now that we’re into summer, where the sun reigns supreme. Ok, maybe not a lot in Ireland, but while we bask in its warm embrace when the sun does shine, our skin begs for protection. Enter SPF, the superhero of skincare. It’s like wrapping your skin in a cosey, sun proof blanket, shielding it from the sun’s rays keeping those pesky wrinkles at bay. Seriously, SPF is the MVP of your skincare squad.

SPF 101: Sun Protection with a Side of Fun

Let’s talk SPF, shall we? Think of it as your skin’s trusty shield against UV rays—the ones that cause sunburn, premature aging, and that dreaded skin cancer. But here’s the kicker: not all SPF is created equal. You want broad-spectrum protection, which defends against both UVA and UVB rays. Aim for SPF 30 or higher and have either Zinc or Titanium Dioxide ingredients in it.

Both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide act as physical barriers on the skin’s surface, reflecting and scattering UV radiation away from the skin. These minerals are less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions compared to some chemical sunscreen ingredients, making them suitable for sensitive skin. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are stable in sunlight, providing consistent protection over time. They don’t degrade like some chemical filters can.

When it comes to sun protection, ain’t nobody got time for half-measures. Now, applying sunscreen might not be as thrilling as a day at the beach, but think of it as your skin’s little vacation from UV damage. Slather it on liberally, paying extra attention to those easy-to-forget spots like the tops of your ears and the backs of your hands. And hey, don’t forget to reapply every couple of hours—your skin will thank you later.

Summer Skincare Shake-Up: SPF Edition

When the mercury rises, it’s time to give your skincare routine a summertime makeover. Here’s the scoop:

1. Hydration Station: Keep your skin cool and quenched with lightweight, oil-free moisturisers. Hydration is key, folks!

2. Cleanse Like You Mean It: Sweat and sunscreen build-up are not your skin’s BFFs. Cleanse thoroughly, but gently, to keep pores happy and breakouts at bay.

3. Exfoliate Wisely: Buff away dead skin cells to reveal that radiant summer glow, but don’t go overboard. Your skin might be a tad more sensitive to the sun’s rays, so exfoliate with care. I would recommend using a cleansing that has AHA (Glycolic acid) instead of a physical exfoliant (the ones that have microbeads in them)

4. Antioxidant Avengers: Give your skin an extra layer of defence with antioxidants like Vitamin C and E. They’ll help fend off free radicals and keep your skin looking fresh as a summer breeze.

As you navigate the ebb and flow of the seasons, remember to show your skin some love. Embrace the changes, tweak your routine accordingly, and always, always prioritise SPF protection. Because when it comes to skincare, it’s all about riding the waves of every season with grace, glow, and a healthy dose of SPF-infused fun!

To keep your skin glowing consistency is key and regular facials. Remember, love the skin you’re in. We only have one!

If you have any questions regarding what products are suitable for your skin reach out to me on my social media channels, I am always happy to talk skincare!

Sarah McGarry, Owner of Skin Aesthetics

Instagram – @sarahmcgarry.ie @skin_aesthetic_clinic

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