Skincare doesn’t begin and end once you’ve figured out your skin type. In fact, your skin reserves the right to switch types when it pleases, much to your (and your wallet’s) chagrin. This is including but not limited to: age, life events, stress, seasons, climates, lifestyle changes...and you, fearless face-haver, are expected to just keep up. No one said life was fair, but the best defense is a good skincare strategy. And the best strategies begin with understanding the situation.
If you live in a place that experiences all four seasons, that’s an easier situation to anticipate than a sudden influx of pore congestion after a long and indulgent weekend. Cold, dry weather calls for extra hydration and gentler actives. Warm, humid weather requires a bit more pore-clearing and light layers of moisture (and sun protection, always).
Keeping your skin happy means keeping it in balance. Don’t underestimate your skin—it’s a very busy organ that’s trying to protect you while constantly adjusting to wherever you’re bringing it, what you’re putting on it, and how you’re treating it. Even when you’re on your best behavior, situations change and that’s where you’ve got to get strategic.
For those situations that you can’t necessarily plan for but tend to creep up on you anyway (breakouts, dullness, pigmentation, overly excited hormones), keep your medicine cabinet full of the appropriate potions to restore the balance.
Routines may rule our daily and weekly schedules, but when it comes to your skin, you have to make the call as to what it needs based on what you’re doing in it at the time. After all, skin is a living organ. It gets cranky, it gets thirsty, it has different needs at different times, so one-and-done is never going to cut it. It’s like eating the same meal every single day—technically functional but boring and also not super nutritious. That’s why you should tweak your skincare routine to your situation. Welcome to Situational Cleansing™.