New Season, New Skin-Care Routine
Spring skin might be on your mind, given has just started. So, there is no better time to start prepping your complexion for the approaching high temperatures and sticky humidity that lies ahead. After months of switching between warm and dry indoor air and the coldness from outside, your skin is undoubtedly ready some updated, seasonal skin care.
- Declutter products: Anyone else have a bunch of products not being used? You know, the ones at the back of the bathroom shelf or cabinet collecting dust? We so often overlook one thing: spring cleaning our bathroom. Oftentimes, products go well beyond their best before dates, which may risk skin irritation if they are used. It may be time to refresh your favorite cleanser, toner, and moisturizer.
- Exfoliate: One trick to get glowing skin is to exfoliate away the lingering layer of winter skin. And even though your skin cells are continuously renewing, the heavy winter cleansers and creams you have been using might have been keeping dead skin from effectively sloughing off. A good way to exfoliate skin is to run a hot bath and scrub your whole body using an effective, but gentle exfoliant. You should especially focus on those spots that are prone to get rough, like your knees, elbows, feet, hands, and back.
- Hydrate: Ok, before you roll your eyes because it does seem like drinking more water is at the root of skin care routine, but it’s only because it really is good for your body. Organs need hydration in order to function properly function and most people forget that your skin is the largest organ on your body. The more water you drink, the easier it will be to take care of your skin.
- Sunscreen: Sunscreen should be used daily because even on overcast days, the sun can still send damaging UV rays down and hurt your skin. Sunscreen defends it.
- Eat fresh food: A great way to get more water into your diet is to eat fresh fruit and veggies. Fresh fruits and veggies are packed with the water your system needs and also have the added benefit of vitamins and nutrients. Water can help your skin preserve its elasticity and help fight signs of aging. There are lots of great foods to maintain healthy skin, including lettuce, grapefruit, apples, and watermelon. Citrus fruit are particularly great for the health of your skin.
- Use a light moisturizer: While winter can have us slathering thick moisturizers from head to toe. But once warmer weather starts to roll around, the same products can start to feel like they are leaving a greasy layer on your skin. Using a lighter moisturizer during the spring can keep your skin healthy and hydrated without it feeling weighed down.
- Work out: Exercise increases blood flow, helping maintain healthy skin cells. And when your skin cells are happy, your skin is happy! You don’t have to join a gym, you can easily take advantage of the nice spring weather and take a quick walk at night.
- Clean makeup brushes: While you’re spring cleaning your house, don’t forget to give some attention to your makeup. Makeup brushes and sponges are known to build up a lot of nasty, microscopic dirt and bacteria. And when you don’t clean your brushes, you’re applying germs onto your face with each use. Gently washing your brushes with a natural cleanser is the best way to get the germs off. You should also lay them flat to dry for at least a day.
- Check cleaning products: With all this cleaning, you should reevaluate the cleaning products you use around your home. Cleaning products become eventually end up as parts of your environment and are absorbed into your skin (and also your bloodstream). You are exposing your skin to any harsh, toxic chemical ingredients they may contain. Make sure to read labels and look for products that have natural alternatives. There are plenty of organic products you can buy, or you can even make your own cleaners and use ingredients like vinegar or baking soda.
Doing a spring skincare switch up is a lot easier than it seems. Tweaking your routine means skin is ready for the sunnier new season. You should look at the change of season as an opportunity to reassess your skincare routine.