In seasonal changes, many people, regardless of skin type, experience that the skin ends up in imbalance. It can feel dry, itchy, have a rash of pimples and feel more oily and those who have rosacea, for example, may experience increased discomfort and relapses.
These reactions are of course individual and depend on the initial condition and condition of your own skin. For obvious reasons, it is the temperature changes that make it so. When winter turns to spring, the skin must adapt to warmer temperatures and higher humidity. Perhaps the most common effect is that the skin feels more oily and more prone to breakouts because the skin tries to defend and adapt through increased sebum production (the skin's natural oils) which stays on the surface and leads to pimples and pimples. If you start to anticipate these problems and actively try to dry out the skin through, for example, overexfoliation or drastic change in the number of products / ingredients, the skin becomes more resistant and the problems continue.
Minimalist skincare is a trend that focuses on a shorter and simpler skin care routine that is easy to follow. More does not always have to be better, but when you have a longer routine that often concentrates on many moisturizing steps and layers, long-term good effects often become a plump and glowing skin à la the k-beauty favorite glass skin. When the routine is kept shorter, the knowledge about the ingredients and its properties becomes all the more important to give your skin exactly what it needs - tailored, quite simply!
With that said, it is not uncommon to replace and adapt your skin care routine according to the season and also the number of products - much like we adapt our wardrobe according to the season. During the summer, fewer products are generally needed than in the winter when the air is drier and colder and needs outside help, just as when the body needs more clothes to stay warm! But for a calm, balanced skin all year round, it is important to slowly adjust the routine and support the skin with soothing ingredients when needed. Problems also apply to the hair and scalp, which, just like the skin on the face, go from different conditions depending on the season.
Let's take a closer look at the key ingredients that help keep all skin types in balance, whether you prefer a longer routine or are curious about minimalist skincare!
Centella asiatica - the Korean classic
When Korean skin care had its global impact, many people first came in contact with the ingredient centella asiatica, also called cica. Other names for the green plant are gotu kola and lettuce. With its healing, repairing and anti-inflammatory properties, it is suitable for all skin types and many ailments, even the most sensitive and for those who experience redness and irritation. It also has the ability to increase cell renewal, which in turn increases blood circulation, which means that scars and wounds heal faster, suitable for acne-prone skin.
We therefore find Centella asiatica in many soothing and mild products that also have a moisturizing effect. Dr. Ceuracle has a whole series called Cica Regen where the vegan sunscreen with SPF 50, Cica Regen Vegan Sun Gel, is a big favorite with both us and you.
At COSRX, we find the ampoule (a highly concentrated serum) Hydrium Centella Aqua Soothing Ampoule which provides deep hydration and relieves irritated skin in imbalance or which is prone to acne.
A savior in times of need, whether you experience sunburn, irritation after shaving or are in great need of a quick soothing and moisturizing moisturizer, is Midnight Blue Calming Cream from Klairs and is available in both 30 ml and 60 ml. Its thin texture is suitable all year round for those with oilier skin types or during warmer months for other skin types. Use as a spot treatment where you experience discomfort, or all over the face.
Tea tree - antibacterial and sedative
The tea tree plant has traditionally been used because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. In skin care, it comes into its own to counteract and treat acne, blemishes and simple eczema-related ailments thanks to the fact that it keeps bacteria and viruses away. Even though it is best known for a more oily skin type, it still suits all skin types because it can soothe redness, swelling and inflammation, but the one with the most sensitive skin should look for products with a lower tea tree content.
In the cleansing skin care steps, we actively get rid of the impurities we have received during the day. After an oil cleansing (where grease dissolves grease) follows the water-based wash which removes the water-based dirt on the skin. In Tea Tree Purifine 30 Cleansing Foam from Dr. Ceuracle we find a gentle foam wash that cleans deeply without drying out. With the help of the main ingredient tea tree, it dissolves clogged pores and balances all skin types. Hela Dr. Ceuracles tea tree series can be found as a kit here.
Many people forget to take care of the scalp, which is also part of the skin. In seasonal changes, therefore, scalp problems can also occur, which can be perceived as difficult to treat. It could be an itchy scalp in need of extra cleansing and using a scalp product may therefore be the answer to the problem! The Tea Tree Scalp Clinic Hair Pack from La'dor is a worm for the scalp that deeply cleanses and removes dead skin cells and leaves a soothing, cooling feeling. At La'dor, we also find the emollient shampoo TripleX 3 Natural Shampoo that suits all hair types where tea tree continues to soothe an irritated and sensitive scalp.
Snail mucin - moisture-binding and anti-inflammatory
Snail secretion, or mucin, can be perceived as a foreign ingredient but is at the same time something that many people associate with k-beauty. It has very moisturizing properties thanks to its rich content of hyaluronic acid and is healing and repairing while stimulating collagen production.
Some who have used snail mucin are COSRX who in Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence developed a real moisture bomb for essence. It is deeply moisturizing and is suitable for the most sensitive as well as those who, after an acne breakout, want its healing functions. In the moisturizer Advanced Snail 92 All in one Cream from the same series, we find the same good properties and a unique, wonderful texture that quickly sinks into the skin without leaving a sticky film. It improves the skin's elasticity and provides long moisturizing and is suitable for those who are looking for a slightly thinner moisturizer.
Can you have snail secretions in your hair? Absolutely! The leave-in treatment Snail Sleeping Hair Ampoule from La'dor is emollient and nourishes the hair and can be used in freshly washed, damp hair or as a night mask with a small amount of damp hair which is then styled as usual the next morning.
Propolis - nourishing and repairing
Propolis is a multifaceted ingredient produced by bees that use it as a material to seal the hive and protect it from bacteria and viruses. Therefore, it is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, anti-inflammatory, caring and it gives lots of glow!
For a properly nourishing moisture boost, the Honey Mask face mask from I'm From is a given choice. Due to its rich content of pure honey in combination with propolis, among other things, it adds moisture to the skin while it works to keep the skin still elastic. It is also mildly exfoliating, which results in a clearer and smoother skin.
In Polyphenol in Propolis 15% Ampoule from By Wishtrend, we find a highly concentrated serum, an ampoule, which balances the oil level in the skin and counteracts the appearance of pimples and blemishes - anti-inflammatory, quite simply! Therefore, the acne-prone skin is excellent, but also other skin types who want a moisturized and glowing result.
Mugwort - antioxidant-rich moisturizer
Mugwort, is the herb with a long medical tradition in Korea. It is full of antioxidants that soothe stressed skin, reduce redness and work for the most sensitive, eczema-prone skin and conditions such as psoriasis. Mugwort can also prevent fine lines and therefore works well for a mature skin type.
Some who have really taken advantage of its many features are I'm From who created a mugwort series. There we find the sheet mask Mugwort Sheet Mask, the essence Mugwort Essence and the face mask in gel consistency, Mugwort Mask. The sheet mask is suitable for those who need to soothe the skin, the essence which consists of 100% pure mugwort extract gives deep hydration and the face mask relieves irritated skin and leaves a cooling and cooling feeling.