February 23, 2021 10 min read
As the seasons change, so does our skin. With dry, dehydrated skin becoming more prominent in the colder winter months, and skin becoming prone to excess sebum production and blemishes in the warmer summer months - it is important to evolve our skincare routines to match the transitioning seasons.
Here is a guide to understand seasonal skin and what you can do to ensure your skin is happy and healthy all year round.
The harsh weather conditions of the winter season may cause dry skin to be even drier, exacerbating common skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.
The winter air is much colder and holds much less moisture than the warmer months meaning that our skin is also susceptible to lack of hydration that gives it its rough and irritated appearance.
These months are really all about hydration, locking in moisture and protecting the skin from environmental stresses.
The winter months are already taking a toll on our irritated skin so it’s important that our existing skincare routines aren’t making dry skin worse.
One way to ensure the skin on the face isn’t stripped of its natural oils is to swap out your gel cleansers for a gentle and hydrating alternative such as oils and balms. Gel cleansers tend to be more active giving it that foaming effect but this can make our skin worse than before!
The best cleansing balms out there are ones that are gentle, non-stripping and hydrating.
Natural cleansing balms such as our organic Gentle Cleansing Melt cleanses the skin and washes off impurities whilst repairing the skin’s broken barrier. Enriched with Baobab oil, this cleansing balm delivers concentrated Vitamin C and calcium to revive dull and dry skin and promote healing.
Using dry hands and a dry face, massage your favourite natural cleansing balm into your fingertips to warm up the product.
Use circular motions and work the product into your face. This will break down makeup, excess oil and dirt that has built up overnight or throughout the day. Take extra care when applying around the eyes.
Once the cleansing balm or oil has been thoroughly applied, wash off using a hot cloth or warm water. The addition of water will turn your organic cleansing balm into a milky emulsion leaving the skin supple and soft.
Hydrating the skin is key to giving your skin the necessary moisture it needs to repair itself when your skin barrier is damaged.
An easy way to lock in moisture is by layering hydrating skincare products that prevent surface-level moisture loss.
A general rule of thumb is to layer your products depending on its consistency! Work your skincare products into the skin from thinnest to thickest. Toners and serums tend to be lighter so apply those first followed by your moisturisers and oils.
With each added product, you’re sealing in the previous layer of hydration allowing you to achieve that glowy complexion even in the winter.
Top tip: Applying products on damp skin help to bind the water with your product. As your skincare products penetrate into the deep layers of the skin, it takes the water with it!
With an organic cleansing balm or oil, slowly massage into the skin. This will help to break down makeup and impurities that have built up throughout the day.
This serves as our first layer of hydrating. Adding in a natural, hydrating toner preps the skin for thicker layers of product whilst also helping to calm immediate redness and excess oils from the skin. Try our Liquid Radiance Glycolic Toner to brighten dull and tired skin, giving you that Summer glow in the Winter months.
If you have any specific skincare concerns to tackle, this step is the perfect time to do it. Whether you’re acne-prone or combatting hyperpigmentation, the addition of a hydrating yet targeted serum will add moisture giving your skin all the ingredients it needs to rejuvenate itself. Acne and oily skin types may like Rainforest Rescue Blemish Serum to help achieve clearer skin.
Adding a heavier, natural moisturiser will target the most dry areas on the skin. Those who suffer from eczema or rosacea may like to take extra time to massage sudden dry areas and relieve irritated skin.
An occlusive is a product that helps lock in moisture and an oil is just that. Since the molecules of an oil are much larger than that of a typical moisturiser, it prevents moisture loss from the surface of the skin where it cannot escape!
If you like to cut down on your routine for those busy mornings, you can add a few drops of your oil into your moisturiser!
Allergies are at an all time high during Spring. When dormant trees and plants start coming back to life, they release particles of pollen that some of us are allergic to.
Seasonal allergies, like hayfever, can make us feel congested, itchy and can make us cough or sneeze more often.
With our eyes watering and our noses sneezing more often, we may touch and irritate these areas more with our hands or with tissue. Constant friction in these areas can cause them to become red and sore. Some may even experience peeling in these dry areas of the face.
For those with existing skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea, springtime allergies can make irritation worse making the skin itchier and swollen.
Protect the skin against allergens with these Spring skincare tips.
Our nose might feel a little more congested than usual during these months. If they’re sore and red, here’s what you can do to help.
Redness is caused on the nose when the blood vessels swell and is often as a result of sneezing or wiping the nose.
Using a thick moisturiser in your nighttime routine will help to rehydrate these affected areas and help the skin’s moisture barrier repair itself. It will also help to relieve dryness and discomfort around the nose.
Adding a few drops of your favourite organic face oil with your natural moisturiser can also boost the effectiveness of this step.
We love using our organic Miracle Facial Oil alongside the Multi Peptide 360 Moisture Cream to support elasticity and promote nourishment in the skin.
When our nose is peeling, our first thought may be to use a facial scrub to get rid of flaky skin.
However, the skin on our nose is particularly sensitive during this time so it’s important that we’re not adding to the irritation.
Instead, try stripping your entire skincare routine back to basics - cleanse, toner, moisturiser and SPF.
Doing so will allow your skin to recover before reintroducing active and harsher ingredients!
At Evolve Beauty, our Daily Defence Moisture Mist is perfect for Springtime. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid and Prickly Pear, this cooling toner mist will fortify and strengthen the skin’s barrier allowing you to hydrate and soothe red skin.
If your eyes get sore and red during the Spring months, it’s important to provide them with extra attention.
Rehydrating the undereye area well will help to depuff the eyes and reduce redness that are often associated with Springtime allergies.
At Evolve Beauty, our Hyaluronic Eye Complex is specifically designed with a rollerball to target puffiness around the eyes. Low molecular weight of Hyaluronic Acid means that it has the ability to penetrate deep in the layers of the skin giving you that plumping effect.
You can use this in your morning routine or even take it on the go to refresh and cool irritated eyes.
Laura recommends using the Figure of 8 technique to give your undereyes a simple massage.
Roll your Hyaluronic Eye Complex slowly underneath your right eye in towards the centre of your face. Move the rollerball into the middle of your brows and then to the brow bone of your left eye. As you work the product into the delicate eye area, you can take the product down underneath your left eye bringing it back up to the brow bone on your right eye.
Repeat to create a figure of 8!
For a visual step by step guide on how to use this technique, you can watch our YouTube videohere.
Dryness doesn’t just happen under and around the eyes, they can happen in our eyes too.
Using eye drops for dry eyes will help to relieve sensitivity and redness helping you to tackle the day without the allergies.
Find one that is cooling yet hydrating to get you through Spring.
Remember to drink plenty of water too to ensure you hydrate from within!
It’s finally Summer! The sun is out and it’s just what your body needs to get that extra Vitamin D.
This is a great time to rethink your current skincare routine and adapt accordingly to the rise in temperatures.
You may be asking what Summer skincare essentials you should pack in your suitcase and how you should properly care for the skin in the summer.
Here’s everything you need to know to perfect your Summer skincare routine.
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and typically known as sunscreen or sunblock. It protects the skin from the sun’s UV damage. The number that you’d find after ‘SPF’ is the indicator of level of protection against the sun.
SPF is important all year round but is particularly important during the summer months. With UV radiation at its highest, your skin may burn, if you’re not protected properly causing irritation and redness.
Long and intense periods of exposure to the sun will also accelerate premature ageing leading to finer lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
Applying SPF on the face doesn’t have to be tedious. At Evolve Beauty, our Climate Veil Tinted SPF 20 protects the skin from the sun using reef-safe Zinc Oxide. Its beautiful pigment gives you light coverage and is the perfect base for summer makeup. Infused with Lingonberry stem cells, this SPF delivers antioxidant-rich ingredients to the skin and aids in the fight against free radical damage.
Forgetting our sunscreen has happened to the best of us. Your skin may be feeling irritated, red and angry but don’t worry, proper aftersun care will help soothe sunburnt skin allowing you to achieve a glowing summer complexion in no time.
Look out for calming and soothing ingredients such as Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is a powerful medicinal plant that has a variety of health benefits. For the skin, it has endless uses including hydrating, soothing, repairing damaged skin.
Incorporating this into your daily skincare routine will relieve dryness of the skin and soothe damaged areas through its natural cooling and repairing properties.
The Daily Detox Facial Wash uses organic Aloe Vera to comfort skin during the summer months. Combined with Moringa Peptides, this organic face wash will help protect the skin for the urban dweller and jet setter.
Our skin gets oilier during the Summer months due to excess sebum production and this is what causes many people to shy away from using moisturiser.
Using your thick moisturisers from the Winter can leave us feeling heavy and sticky. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
A simple way to ensure your skin gets the proper hydration it needs is to use a natural lightweight moisturiser for these hotter climates.
True Balance uses Ginger plant cells to control excess sebum production helping to mattify oily skin for the Summer. This beautiful formulation uses low molecular Hyaluronic Acid to deliver high concentrations of hydration to the skin and promote collagen production.
Try switching to a lightweight, organic moisturiser for the Summer and see what difference it makes!
As we reach our way through the year into the colder months, our skin may feel strained with the dip in temperature having bathed in all the summer glory.
If you’re going back to school and work during this time, you may also be feeling stressed and could appear on the skin as spots and blemishes.
Being busier during the Autumn months may mean we have less time on our hands, cutting back our skincare routines. However, there are some easy things you can adopt in your skincare routine to tackle dry and stressed skin.
If you’re wondering why your skin may be dry even after layering all your skincare products, you may find that the addition of a nourishing facial oil will help your skin retain moisture.
Natural facial oils typically have larger molecules than serums and moisturisers and act as an occlusive when applied at the end of your skincare routine.
What this means is that the natural thickness of a facial oil will lock in previous layers of moisture and prevent moisture being evaporated at the surface of the skin.
You can find many organic facial oils including Rosehip oil in Miracle Facial Oil that moisturise dry skin and support the natural process of ageing for mature skin types.
If you find that you’re pressed for time, you can mix your moisturiser in with your facial oil to cut your routine back!
We’ve all forgotten to put SPF on at some point during those hot summer days and we might just be seeing this in the Autumn.
This may leave our skin feeling overly sensitive and in some desperate need of extra care! Here’s two ways to help your skin feeling at its best.
Environmental factors, such as the sun, can create free radical damage on our skin.
Free radical damage breaks down the collagen in the skin, accelerating signs of ageing. They can appear on the face as hyperpigmentation, sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles.
Preventing free radical damage is as easy as adding a vitamin-rich serum into your morning skincare routine. While this won’t get rid of damage that has already been done, it will help to prevent any further damage in the Autumn season.
Antioxidants prevent cell breakdown for the skin on our face by coating healthy cells and acting as a stabiliser. This prevents oxidation of cells which can give us uneven pigmentation on the face.
Super antioxidants such as Vitamin C brightens the skin in the fight against free radicals. Our Bio-Retinol + C Booster is a natural and organic way to promote skin cell renewal and deliver potent antioxidants without the irritation.
Simply add a few drops in the palms of your hands and massage slowly until the product is fully absorbed. Follow up with moisturiser and SPF to complete your Autumn morning skincare routine.
If your skin is feeling particularly sensitive during these months, it’s best to stay away from harsh facial scrubs that increase irritation.
Opt for a gentle chemical exfoliant that helps to smooth any skin texture and promote cellular renewal.
Liquid Radiance Glycolic Toner is a powerful exfoliating toner that uses both AHA and BHA. AHAs (alpha-hydroxy-acids) help to exfoliate on the surface-level whilst BHAs (beta-hydraoxy-acids) penetrate deep into the layers of the skin keeping breakouts at bay. Its lightweight formula leaves the skin feeling hydrated, smoother and brighter.
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