Sad news – summer is on its way out and winter is fast-approaching. While the cooler months have some perks (who else is socially exhausted and ready for some home time?!), no one is immune to a case of the post-summer blues…even our skin.
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The skin cycle
It turns out our mood isn’t the only thing affected by the weather. Just like the seasons, our skin goes through different phases and as a result our skincare needs to adjust accordingly. Our skin requires different types of through the cooler months, including vitamins.
Below we breakdown how three super vitamins are the ultimate skin saviours…
As we shift from summer to autumn, the skin enters a transitional phase and is highly reactive to changes in the atmosphere. You’ll start to observe increased dehydration due to less humidity and moisture in the air. During autumn, that luminous glow we sported in summer starts to fade and our complexion can look ‘drained’.
In the winter, rapidly changing temperatures, from heated indoors to cold outdoors, are harsh on the skin and capillaries. The prolonged exposure to wet weather also slows down cell renewal and circulation, as well as strips the skin’s barrier function. Overall, you’ll notice your skin just doesn’t operate like it used to – not to mention the effects of winters ills and chills on skin performance! As your skin gets put through the ringer expect to see more dryness, redness and irritation than usual. While tempting, try to reduce frequency of super-hot showers and tone down the central heating. By the time winter rolls around, you may also start to notice some pigmentation or uneven skin tone appear. The ultimate pitfall of summer!
The best skin-loving vitamins
Best known for helping skin maintain its normal barrier function, vitamin B is incredible for boosting hydration, preventing moisture loss and soothing conditions like eczema. What’s more, it enhances many of the processes that important in creating healthy skin, resulting in a host of flow-on benefits. Vitamin B-complexes have been found to help reduce the appearance of pores, dark spots, pigmentation, redness and fine lines and wrinkles.
Unlike many animals, humans aren’t able to naturally produce or store their own vitamin C, so it’s important we obtain an adequate amount through ingestion. Most famous for supporting immunity, vitamin C is also a do-all when it comes to your complexion. It’s brimming with antioxidant properties that support collagen production (and protect from age-accelerating free radicals), which is why it’s often found in anti-ageing skincare. Additionally, vitamin C is the ultimate glow-getter! It’s been found to restore radiance, luminosity and a more even skin tone.
The body produces Vitamin D, AKA the ‘sunshine vitamin‘, naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight, although we tend to not get enough in Australia and New Zealand (due to over-protecting ourselves with SPF). Not only is vitamin D essential for bones, immunity and mental health, but it’s also been found to help reduce skin inflammation and irritation. It’s natural antioxidant capabilities prevent skin damage and premature ageing when taken as a supplement, and also aids in cell repair and growth. Ensure you’re getting enough vitamin D by heading outside for 10 minutes of sun exposure each day or by taking a vitamin D supplement.