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87. Help manage your skin as the season changes

Updated: Mar 21

It's the of October and our Indian summer is slowly coming to an end. The weather doesn't know what to do - torrential rain, frost or glorious sunshine... I'm loving the rainbows that keep popping up everywhere! My point of writing this blog isn't to chat about the weather, it's to share one of my professional skin tricks with you!

Last week I popped to Las Vegas for a couple days, that might sound crazy to some of you, but with a previous chapter as cabin crew, two nights on the West Coast is was 'the norm' for me! So with my Virgin Atlantic flying miles, off I went to celebrate my best friends success! She was recognised as UNLV Almuni of the Year. So proud of her, it was great to visit my alma mater and be back on campus 20 years later!

Anyways, my skin was not so happy to be back in the desert - it complained of the dry heat, long haul flight & constant air conditioning. My skin was tight, flaking & sooo thirsty! Not the look I was going for as I was visiting friends I hadn't seen since before the pandemic!

Are any of you experiencing these symptoms as the seasons are changing & the heating is being turned on at home, in the car and in the shops?

The seasonal changes that can be found on the skin may vary depending on the climate and geographical location. However, in general, there are a few common seasonal changes:

1. Dryness:

During the colder months, the air tends to be drier, which can lead to dry skin. This is because cold air holds less moisture, and indoor heating systems can further exacerbate the problem. Dry skin may feel tight, appear flaky or rough, and may be more prone to redness, irritation or itching.

2. Sunburn:

In the warmer months, when the sun is more intense, there is an increased risk of sunburn. Excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can damage the skin, leading to redness, pain, peeling, and even long-term effects such as premature aging, pigmentation and an increased risk of skin cancer.

3. Oiliness:

In some cases, warmer weather can lead to increased oil production in the skin. This can result in a shiny appearance, clogged pores, and an increased likelihood of breakouts or acne.

4. Change in pigmentation:

Some people may experience a change in pigmentation during different seasons. For example, sun exposure in the summer may cause an increase in freckles or a darkening of existing sunspots, while colder months can sometimes lead to a fading or lightening of pigmentation.

5. Increased sensitivity:

Seasonal changes may also affect the skin's sensitivity. Cold weather, particularly windy conditions, can strip the skin's natural protective oils, making it more susceptible to irritation and redness. Exposure to harsh sunlight in the summer can also cause increased sensitivity and potential sunburn.

"Thankfully our skincare technology has become smarter!" ~ Diana Richardson

Let's take a moment to reflect - how much has technology developed over recent years? We have smart phones, speakers that speak to us (hello Alexa!), interactive tvs and smart screens, we can check the doorbell, set up a pet camera and watch what's going on inside our homes whilst we're on holiday - it's amazing how far technology has come in the past couple of decades!!

In 2000 I was just setting up my first email on a 'dial up' computer in the campus computer lab! Now we have our own mini devices that we can access 24/7!

Just as technology has allowed us to streamline our personal and work lives, our skincare routines have become increasingly in-depth. Thankfully our skincare technology has become smarter too! We use responsive technology on a daily basis and now we can use the same intelligence in our skin care products.

Skin science - read the signals

Our skin is your largest organ and like other organs, it communicates with us. When changes start to appear on the skin, we realise our skin has changed, but the problematic symptoms have already developed. This usually motivates us to change up our routine or book a professional skin treatment to 'fix' the issues. By using a smart serum daily it helps to micromanage our skin by responding to changes before we even notice. Would you like to try it? Smart response serum is my travel go to! (I just wish I'd packed it in my suitcase for Vegas!! I was so focussed on youth boosting I forgot the ultimate travel companion!!)

Our skin is constantly sending out signals at a 'micro-level' because our skin constantly changes and responds to our environment.

For example in the sun, our skin has a surge in melanin production to protect itself from exposure to the UV rays. Then when the skin starts to burn our inflammatory mediators are triggered telling our immune system to respond as the skin is becoming damaged or is under attack.

Over time, we notice visible symptoms of these changes as common conditions such as dehydration, redness and dark spots start to develop on our skin. The new cutting-edge ‘smart active' ingredients in our skincare products offer next-gen formulas that can respond to these micro-changes. They deliver the ingredients and smart technology in response to what our skin needs.

Smart Response Serum contains a new technology that triggers ingredients to activate when they detect certain changes in the skin. This serum focuses on reducing four common symptoms - redness, dehydration, dark spots and wrinkles.

What's inside the bottle?

  • Gallic Acid from Japanese Cornelia Cherry helps to soothe skin and reduce the appearance of redness.

  • Mannose-6-Phosphate helps to smooth and firm the skin.

  • Hydrolysed Wheat Flour, rich in Arabinoxylo-Oligosaccharides, brightens skin and helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots.

  • Oligosaccharides from Hydrolysed Beta Glucan helps skin to maintain optimal hydration levels.

  • This hydrating serum also contains a rich blend of minerals, Hyaluronic AcidNiacinamide, and Vitamin E providing a moisturising base with barrier enhancing properties.

These clinical studies were taken from 35 different people ~ they showed that the smart response serum delivered significant improvements to their skin with the use of twice daily application over four weeks.

Remember to apply your serum onto freshly cleansed skin. Ideally our skincare routine should include: double cleanse, spritz, serum and then our moisturiser. Sun protection 30+ is recommended daily and should be reapplied every two hours... and don't forget to wear your hat!

It's important to note that individual skin types and conditions can vary, so not everyone may experience these exact changes. It's always a good idea to listen to your skin's needs, discuss changes with your professional skin therapist and adapt your skincare routine accordingly to support its health throughout the seasons.

Thank you for reading, if this could be useful to someone in your circle please share.

 If this blog has been helpful please double tap & give us a little love. Thank you ~ Diana x


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