As the seasons change, so does your skin. During the winter, dry and dehydrated skin becoming more prominent. But during the summer months, your skin can be prone to excess sebum production. It is important to evolve our skincare routines to match the transitioning seasons.
Here is your guide to understanding seasonal skincare and what you can do to ensure your skin is happy and healthy all year round.
WINTER - DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY
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 colder and holds much less moisture than the warmer months. This means that your skin is less susceptible to hydration giving it its rough and irritated appearance.
These months are really all about hydration, locking in moisture and protecting your skin from environmental stresses.
SWAP OUT YOUR GEL CLEANSERS FOR HYDRATING CLEANSING BALMS/OILS
The winter months are already taking a toll on your irritated skin so it’s important that your existing skincare routines aren’t making dry skin worse.
One way to ensure the skin on your face isn’t stripped of its natural oils is to swap out gel cleansers for a gentle and hydrating alternative. Gel cleansers tend to be more active giving it that foaming effect but this can make your 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.
Its nourishing properties promote healing making it the perfect cleansing balm for dry skin.
HOW DO I USE A NOURISHING CLEANSING BALM?
Using dry hands, 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.
HOW DO I LAYER MY SKINCARE PRODUCTS TO HYDRATE DRY SKIN?
Hydration is key to giving your skin the necessary moisture it needs to repair itself when your skin's 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 their 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 glowing 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!
A SIMPLE WINTER SKINCARE ROUTINE TO REPLENISH DEHYDRATED SKIN
Step One: Cleanse
With an organic cleansing balm or oil, slowly massage into your skin. This will help to break down makeup and impurities that have built up throughout the day.
Step 2: Tone
This serves as your first layer of hydration. Adding in a natural, hydrating toner preps the skin for thicker layers of product, whilst also helping to calm immediate redness and excess oils. Try our Liquid Radiance Glycolic Toner to brighten dull and tired skin, giving you that Summer glow in the Winter months.
Step 3: Serum
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 targeted serum will add moisture and deliver all the necessary ingredients needed for rejuvenation.
Acne and oily skin types may like Rainforest Rescue Blemish Serum to help achieve clearer skin.
Step 4: Natural Moisturiser
Adding a thick moisturiser into your routine will target the driest 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.
Step 5: Oil
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!
Use this as the last step of your routine.
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!
SPRING - MARCH, APRIL, MAY
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 you can be allergic to.
Seasonal allergies, like hayfever, can make you feel congested, itchy and a little under the weather.
HOW DOES HAYFEVER AND SEASONAL SPRINGTIME ALLERGIES AFFECT MY SKIN?
With your eyes watering and your noses sneezing more often, we may touch and irritate these areas more. Constant friction in these areas can cause them to become red and sore. You 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. Your skin can feel swollen and itchier.
Protect the skin against allergens with these Spring skincare tips.
HOW TO REDUCE REDNESS AND RELIEVE SORE SKIN AROUND THE NOSE
Your nose may feel a little more congested than usual during these months. If it's sore and red, here’s what you can do to help.
APPLY A THICK, CREAMY MOISTURISER AROUND THE NOSE
Redness on the nose is caused 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. 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.
Using our organic Miracle Facial Oil alongside the Multi Peptide 360 Moisture Cream to support elasticity and promote nourishment in your skin.
TAKE CARE WHEN EXFOLIATING YOUR FACE
When your nose is peeling, your first thought may be to use a facial scrub to get rid of flaky skin.
However, the skin on your nose is particularly sensitive during this time so it’s important that you're not adding to the irritation.
Instead, try stripping your entire skincare routine back to basics - cleanser, 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.
HOW TO REDUCE PUFFINESS AND DARK CIRCLES UNDER THE EYES
If your eyes get sore and red during the Spring months, it’s important to provide them with extra attention.
USE A HYDRATING EYE GEL:
Rehydrating the undereye area well will help to depuff your 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.
HOW DO I USE A HYALURONIC ACID EYE GEL?
Laura recommends using the Figure of 8 technique to give your under eyes 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 video here.
REPLENISH EYE MOISTURE WITH EYE DROPS
Dryness doesn’t just happen under and around the eyes, they can happen in your 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 will help you get you through Spring.
Remember to drink plenty of water too to ensure you hydrate from within!
SUMMER - JUNE, JULY AUGUST
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 wondering 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.
WHAT IS SPF AND DO I NEED IT?
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. This can result in 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.
HOW DO I RELIEVE SUNBURN?
Forgetting your sunscreen has happened to the everyone. Your skin may be feeling irritated, red and angry but don’t worry, proper aftersun care will help soothe sunburnt skin allowing you to repair your skin's barrier 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. When it comes to your 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 your skin. It's the perfect natural cleanser for the urban dwellers and jet setters.
DON'T BE AFRAID TO MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN IN THE SUMMER!
Your skin may get 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 you 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!
AUTUMN - SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER
As we reach our way through the year into the colder months, our skin may feel strained with the dip in temperature.
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 that you have less time on your hands, cutting back your skincare routines. However, there are some easy things you can adopt in your daily life to tackle dry and stressed skin.
INCORPORATE A NATURAL HYDRATING FACIAL OIL INTO YOUR AUTUMN SKINCARE ROUTINE
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 the Miracle Facial Oil. This will help to 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!
FOCUS ON REPAIRING THE SKIN FROM FREE RADICAL DAMAGE
Busy summer days can result in you forgetting to apply SPF on and you might just be seeing these effects in the Autumn months.
Your skin may be feeling overly sensitive and in some desperate need of extra care! Here’s two ways to help your skin feeling at its best.
ADD A NATURAL VITAMIN C BOOSTER IN YOUR AUTUMN MORNING ROUTINE
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 your 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 your face by coating healthy cells and acting as a stabiliser. This prevents oxidation of cells which can give you uneven pigmentation on your 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.
USE AN ORGANIC EXFOLIATOR TO REJUVENATE DULL SKIN
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 AHAs and BHAs. 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 your skin feeling hydrated, smoother and brighter.