As seasons change, so does the way we care for and nourish ourselves, as well as what we put in and on our bodies. Spring and summer bring fresh, cooling foods, while autumn and winter introduce heavy, nutrient-dense foods that warm and fill the body and spirit. Spring is often a time of rebirth, activity, and growth, while winter is for rest, reflection, and learning. What the earth provides us in abundance throughout the summer, we process and save for winter months when the land rests.
Similarly, our herbal skincare recipes and routines need fluctuate with the seasons. Our summer skin requires protection from the bright rays of the sun, while cooling astringents are often a welcome balancing remedy for oily skin. As we turn to fall and winter, our skin’s needs change with the dry, cool air and shorter, darker days. With autumn beginning to unfold around us, we may begin to notice suddenly chapped lips and dry skin that we didn’t have to worry about over the last few warm, humid months. Our skincare regimen must now turn toward hydration and exfoliation as a focus to prepare our skin for the coming season. Read more from my article for the Herbal Academy of New England.