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The Latest Skin Wisdom from the Skincare Authority herself, Biba De Sousa


Did you know that weather changes affect pigmentation?


As the seasons shift and the sun's intensity varies, it's essential to understand how these changes affect your skin's pigmentation.  As always, we're dedicated to empowering you with the knowledge to care for your skin throughout the year, so let’s delve into the fascinating world of melanin and how seasonal variations impact it!

Seasonal changes can affect pigmentation in all skin tones in similar ways, primarily due to fluctuations in sun exposure and environmental factors. The biggest contrast between skin that tans and other skin tones is in the melanocytes, special cells that make melanin, the pigment that colors skin. These cells go through several stages like melanogenesis, tyrosinase activity, melanosome transfer, and melanocyte-stimulating hormone. But in this blog, we'll keep things simple and skip the technical stuff. Instead, we'll focus on how seasonal changes can affect your skin color in everyday terms.


Sun Exposure:

During the summer months, when days are longer and the sun is stronger, there is typically increased exposure to UV radiation. This can stimulate melanocytes to produce more melanin, leading to tanning or darkening of the skin. In contrast, during the winter months, when days are shorter and the sun's intensity is lower, there is reduced UV exposure, which may result in lighter skin tone as the existing tan fades away.


UV Radiation Intensity:

The angle of the sun changes with the seasons, affecting the intensity of UV radiation reaching the Earth's surface. In summer, when the sun is higher in the sky, UV radiation is more direct and intense, leading to greater melanin production and darker pigmentation. In winter, the sun is lower in the sky, and UV radiation is weaker, resulting in less melanin production and lighter pigmentation.


Vitamin D Synthesis:

Sunlight exposure is essential for the synthesis of vitamin D in the skin. During the summer months, when sun exposure is higher, more vitamin D is produced. Vitamin D has been linked to various physiological processes, including skin pigmentation regulation. Reduced sunlight exposure during winter months may impact vitamin D levels, potentially influencing pigmentation processes.


Environmental Factors:

Seasonal changes in environmental conditions, such as humidity and temperature, can also affect skin pigmentation. Dry winter air, for example, may lead to drier skin, which can accentuate the appearance of pigmentation irregularities such as dark spots or uneven skin tone.


Protective Measures:

People may take different protective measures against sun exposure depending on the season. During summer,  you may use sunscreen more frequently or wear protective clothing to minimize UV damage, which can affect the degree of pigmentation changes. In winter, when sun exposure is lower, these protective measures may be less stringent, and sunscreen is used once a day, for example, potentially allowing for more natural lightening of the skin.


Understanding the influence of these seasonal changes is key to maintaining healthy, balanced skin throughout the year. The days of sun tanning and overall neglecting the skin are long gone. Because of the UV radiation and pollution, everyone must be on board and have a solid skincare plan.

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