The passing of summer into fall and winter into spring are beautiful transitions of the natural world, but they also have a number of frustrating effects on the skin.
Changing Seasons and Your Skin
As summer ends and autumn begins, depending on the climate where you live, temperature and humidity levels begin to drop. Our bodies must adjust to the colder and drier conditions, especially the body's first line of defense against the elements—our skin. The most obvious effect that cold and blustery weather has on the skin is a drop in hydration.
This decrease in moisture can lead to inflammation and cracks in the outer layer of the skin, which can worsen conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. As the chilly months arrive, the use of indoor heating also increases, and long hot showers become a source of cozy comfort, both of which can further dry out the skin.
On the other side of the calendar, the blossoming of winter into spring comes with its own set of skin-related challenges. Oil production on the skin increases with higher humidity, and when coupled with higher levels of sebum and sweat, the likelihood of acne breakouts is high. Spending more time out in the spring and summer sunshine also means more UV exposure and higher chances of sunburn, which leaves the skin dry and susceptible to damage.
Regardless of which transition you're living through, keeping a proactive eye towards skin health is wise in every season.
Hyaluronic Acid and Seasonal Skin Changes
If your skin is being deprived of moisture, or having it stripped away by wind and dry conditions, then replacing that moisture is essential. An effective strategy for preventing and treating seasonal dry skin and inflammation is the use of creams and serums that contain moisturizing components, such as hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, and can hold 1,000x its own weight in water, helping it hold that essential moisture on the skin. Restoring and retaining moisture can save you a long season of red, irritated, flaky, and itchy skin.
In the case of excessively oily skin as warmer weather arrives, hyaluronic acid can also help rebalance and stabilize the ecosystem of your skin.
It is important to respect the power of hyaluronic acid; if you apply it to exceptionally dry skin, it could actually draw moisture out of your lower dermal layers, leaving your skin feeling tight and even drier than before. To avoid this, it is recommended to apply serums and creams containing hyaluronic acid to damp, rather than entirely dry skin.
A Solution for Seasonal Dry Skin
Applying hyaluronic acid directly to lower dermal layers prevents any unwanted drying of the skin, while getting the best results in terms of moisturizing and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. NeuLuna Day and Night Cream features a novel and patented delivery system that allows for that deep-tissue penetration.
This unique formula also benefits from the inclusion of rosehip oil, which is high in both vitamins and fatty acids. The linoleic and linolenic acids in rosehip oil can help to smooth the skin by filling in the cracks and gaps of the skin barrier. When combined with the moisture barrier of hyaluronic acid, this combination of components is a potent defense against seasonal dry skin and inflammation.
You can learn more about the science and additional benefits of NeuLuna's skin care product on our website. Remember, we can't stop the seasons from changing, but we can certainly keep our skin as healthy as possible—no matter what each new year brings!