The winter months and freezing temperatures are finally behind us. The days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer – it's finally time to start thinking about saying goodbye to winter skin and transitioning your skincare routine for the spring season!
But don't worry, we have some expert tips for getting your spring skin glowing in preparation for the warmer months ahead. By making a few simple changes to your skincare routine, you can enjoy healthy, gorgeous skin this spring.
9 tips to help your skin prepare for the new season
1. Spring cleaning
One of the best things about spring is the opportunity to do some much-needed cleaning. Most of us focus on decluttering our closets and deep-cleaning our homes. But while you're spring cleaning your living space, don't forget about your beauty or medicine cabinet.
Like the food in your pantry, your makeup and skin care products have expiration dates. Using expired products can cause irritation and breakouts, so it's important to clean your beauty cabinet regularly.
So take a few minutes to spring clean your beauty cabinet of expired products. Most products have a "Period after opening (PAO)" date on their packaging, which refers to the length of time a product will remain stable and safe for use after being opened. If you can't find it or you can't remember when you first opened a product, the safest bet is to get rid of it.
2. Exfoliate those dead skin cells, even if you have sensitive skin
One of the best ways to prep your skin for the new season is to exfoliate regularly. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells and gives your complexion a brighter, more radiant appearance. It also helps to unclog pores and improve circulation. As a result, your skin will be better able to absorb moisture and nutrients.
In addition, exfoliating can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. But, it's important not to overdo it. If you exfoliate too often, you can damage your skin barrier.
If you have reactive or sensitive skin, you might not be able to tolerate acids like glycolic acid or harsh scrubs. Instead, use a chemical exfoliator with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (also known as Lactic Acid) to remove dead cells and keep pores clear without irritating your sensitive skin.
3. Switch up your moisturizer
As warmer weather arrives, it brings with it humidity increases that can result in an increased oil production and clogged pores. That's why you may need a lighter lotion or moisturizer for spring, especially if you have acne-prone skin.
The stronger formulations you needed for winter dry skin, with such heavy occlusives as castor oil or candelilla wax, might be too much for you in spring. You might notice that your winter moisturizer makes you feel sticky or oily or that it isn't absorbing as well as it used to. If this is the case, it might be time to switch to lighter lotions.
Look for a moisturizer that is light in texture and oil-free. These types of lotions will keep your skin moisturized without weighing it down. You may also want to consider using a toner or serum under your moisturizer for an added boost of hydration.
Whatever type of product you choose, make sure to apply it generously all over your face and neck. Warm weather doesn't mean you can forgo moisturizing as that will lead to dry skin. All skin types benefit from using a daily moisturizer.
4. Brighten up dull skin
You can achieve a glowing spring complexion by adding ingredients that help you look radiant.
For example, banana oil is high in Vitamins A, C, and E, which are all great for the complexion and keeping skin healthy. Vitamin C helps brighten the complexion and improve its texture, while vitamin E helps to protect the skin from environmental damage. Banana oil also contains fatty acids that help to moisturize the skin and make it look more supple.
Other ingredients that can help you achieve a springtime glow include:
- Vitamin C: This powerful nutrient helps to brighten your complexion and even out tone.
- Lactic acid: An exfoliating agent that removes dead cells, revealing brighter, smoother skin.
- Hyaluronic acid: A moisture-binding ingredient that helps to hydrate and plump the skin.
Incorporating these active ingredients into your skincare routine can help you look your best this spring.
5. Add antioxidants to your skin care routine
Just like the rest of your body, your skin is constantly under assault from external aggressors. Whether you're spending time outdoors or simply going about your daily life, you're exposing your skin to pollution, UV rays, and other harmful substances. Over time, this exposure can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. That's why it's so important to add antioxidants to your skincare routine.
Antioxidants help to neutralize the free radicals that cause damage to your skin, and they can even help repair some of the damage that's already been done. As a result, adding antioxidants to your skincare routine can help to improve your skin's texture, tone, and overall appearance.
Look for ingredients high in antioxidants, such as Yellow or Green Banana, which have more antioxidant power than argan oil or grapeseed oil. This powerful nutrient helps to brighten the complexion and even out tone.
Other active ingredients that offer antioxidant benefits include:
- Green tea
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin C
By incorporating these ingredients into your skincare, you can help to reduce the damage caused by free radicals and environmental aggressors.
6. Get your beauty sleep
As the days get longer and the weather warms up, it's tempting to stay up late and enjoy the extra hours of daylight. However, getting a good night's sleep is important for more than just your energy levels. A good night's rest can also improve your skin health.
While you sleep, your body repairs damaged cells and produces new ones. This process helps to keep you looking young and healthy. In addition, sleep helps reduce stress levels, which can positively impact your skin. So if you want to be radiant and glowy, make sure to get plenty of rest.
7. Get moving
Everyone knows that spring is the time to start fresh, which often means making some changes to our routine. For many of us, that includes getting back into shape after a long winter of hibernating. But did you know that exercise isn't just good for your body, it's also good for your skin? Regular exercise helps to improve circulation and promote the production of collagen, giving you a healthy glow.
8. Use sun protection
Spring means longer days and more time spent outdoors. As the weather warms up, it's important to remember to wear sunscreen. Not only does sunscreen help to prevent sun damage, but it also protects against skin cancer.
The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and over time, this uv damage can lead to skin cancer. However, sunscreen helps reflect or absorb UV radiation, protecting you from damage. Even if you don't sunburn easily, wearing sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 helps protect you from the sun's harmful uv rays.
Prolonged sun exposure can cause sun damage such as wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer. That's why you should wear sunscreen year round, with an extra diligence in the spring and summer months. In fact, spring is also a great time to visit a board certified dermatologist for your annual skin care check-up and cancer screening.
Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and reapply it every two hours, or more often if you're swimming or sweating. If you're worried about the effects of chemical sunscreens on coral reefs, choose a physical sunscreen such as zinc oxide.
Spring is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but don't forget sun protection so you can decrease sun damage and its aging effects.
9. Stay hydrated
In addition to making exercise a part of your spring routine, another important habit to adopt for good skin health is drinking plenty of water.
Keeping your body hydrated helps plump up your skin cells and prevents dryness and wrinkles. So make sure to sip on water throughout the day. Drinking water will help keep your complexion hydrated and healthy from the inside out.
So there you have it. Nine easy tips to help transition your skin care routine for the new season.
By following these simple steps, you can help ensure that you have healthy skin that looks and feels its best and will be ready for the summer months, which will be here in no time.
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