Winter vs. Summer Skincare

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Winter vs. Summer Skincare

Winter vs. Summer Skincare

It can be easy to get stuck in a skincare rut. As the seasons change, so does the weather, and so do our skincare needs. As we go from the biting cold of winter to the sweltering heat of summer, understanding how these changes affect how our skin feels and looks is incredibly important. 

Winter can bring dry, harsh air, leaving your skin feeling dry and tight. On the other hand, the warmth and humidity of the summer months can cause oiliness and the potential for breakouts. 

By changing up your skincare routine, you can keep your skin looking and feeling balanced and radiant all year long. Let’s explore seasonal skincare and gather some tips for keeping your skin looking its best no matter what the weather brings.

Why Should You Transition Your Skincare Routine Seasonally?

Adapting your skincare routine to the seasons can be key to keeping your skin looking bright year-round. As we touched on already, you change your wardrobe depending on the weather to meet your body’s changing needs—why should your skincare routine be any different? 

In the winter, colder, harsher conditions can strip the skin of moisture. Using richer moisturizers and protective face oils, which are high in fatty acids and antioxidants, can help support your skin’s natural moisture barrier in the driest and coldest months. 

As things warm up in summer, humidity can cause the skin to become oilier and more prone to breakouts. Sometimes, all it takes is switching to lighter, non-comedogenic skincare products. These can help manage excess oil and prevent clogged pores. 

We also can’t have this conversation without talking about sunscreen. A high-performance sunscreen like our Multimodal Defender becomes absolutely essential in the summer months to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent premature signs of aging, such as fine lines and dark spots.

Beyond just managing oiliness or dryness, seasonal skincare makes sure your routine meets the needs of your skin type, no matter the environmental conditions. Whether you have more mature skin or sensitive, acne-prone, or combination skin, changing up your skincare with the seasons helps manage your specific skin concerns. 

What Should Your Routine Look Like in the Winter?

In the heart of winter, as temperatures drop and the air gets drier and drier, our skin often takes the brunt of the harshness. This is the season when your skin probably feels tight, flaky, and sometimes even itchy. 

This goes double if you’re spending time in a place that has forced air heating, which can create dryer than usual conditions. This is when rich moisturizers and hydrating serums become game-changers in your routine. 

Start your routine with The MANTLE Skin Conditioning Wash. This cleanser works overtime, offering a double cleanse in one step. You don’t have to worry about any impurities being left behind, and you can be confident your skin will be nourished and hydrated thanks to ingredients like chamomile and short-chain hyaluronic acid.

In addition to your normal hydration routine, adding a luxurious face oil can work wonders to keep your skin vibrant during winter cold months. The SUPER Intensive Face Oil offers moisture and long-lasting relief when your skin is at its driest.

This oil-hydrator hybrid isn’t like any face oil you’ll find on the shelf. Expect a slick and sumptuous texture that absorbs into the skin. Designed to be layered, The SUPER Intensive Face Oil creates a barrier on the skin’s surface that is both breathable and soothing—perfect for cold winter days.

This facial oil is packed with a mix of lavish ingredients like squalane and avocado oil. Thanks to peptides and essential fatty acids, it helps keep your skin nice and firm while minimizing the look of fine lines and dry patches. Your skin is bound to look revitalized and glowy all winter long.

What Should Your Routine Look Like in the Summer?

As things warm up between winter and summer, your skincare routine will have to pivot to match the new environmental challenges. As humidity and temperature both rise during summer, your skin can start to experience increased oil production and, sometimes, a few extra breakouts. 

This is where a lighter skincare routine comes into play, targeting summer-specific skin concerns while keeping your skin feeling and looking hydrated. If you want to streamline your routine, The SUPER Tinted Hydrator is your new summer go-to.

This next-generation moisturizer is part intuitive skin tint and part moisturizer, so it offers boosted luminosity without the weight of traditional makeup. Each flexible, self-adjusting shade blends like a second skin, keeping skin nourished with deep hydration that works for up to 48 hours.

All that said, while seasonally adjusting your skincare routine is a good idea, some steps are universal. So, let’s talk about the parts of your routine that should be incorporated year-round.

Your Year-Round Stalwarts

As the seasons and temperatures change, it becomes clear that you should keep a few skincare essentials close at hand all year long. These favorites keep your skin’s health and appearance top-notch, no matter the season.

Whether you have dry skin, sensitive skin, or oily skin, our Resurfacing Compound is a serum that can support your skin year-round. This multi-purpose serum has every nutrient your skin needs to achieve glowing skin.

It’s lightweight enough to not feel heavy or greasy on those hot summer days but potent enough to give your skin everything it needs, no matter the season. Its unique blend of stabilized vitamins C and E supports an even skin tone and brightens the look of your skin. 

The compound's stable retinol and multi-hydroxy acids work wonders in refining the skin's texture, making it appear smooth and radiant. This hero product also helps manage excess oil, keeping your skin looking clear and glowing, no matter the temperature outside. 

And because the vitamin A derivative we use is stable, your retinol usage doesn’t need to be reserved for your night cream—and it won’t wreak havoc on your skin’s protective barrier. 

While you may want to switch between the best face oils on the market, like the one we mentioned, or lighter, tinted face moisturizers for summer use, using moisturizer daily should be a constant—seriously. Hydration is key to getting the glowy complexion we all want.

But the next step of your routine should always be the same during the daytime, no matter the season—and that’s our Multimodal Defender Broad Spectrum SPF 30. It offers broad-spectrum protection, shielding the skin from UVA and UVB rays, infrared rays, and blue light rays. 

The Multimodal Defender extends beyond simple sun protection. Formulated with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, which work to brighten the skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines. 

Seasons Change, Your Glow Shouldn’t

Changing up your skincare routine as the seasons change is more than just switching up products. It's about choosing items that can handle these seasonal challenges while keeping your skin looking and feeling its best.

Everyone's skin is unique, with its own needs. Whether you have dry, oily, combo, or sensitive skin, our products can support your skin, no matter the weather.

We take pride in providing products designed to suit different skin types and concerns. From our innovative face oils and bioactive treatments to our versatile SPF options and compounds, each product is carefully crafted to give you your best skin yet.


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Antioxidants in Dermatology | National Library of Medicine

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