As the winter season changes into spring, your skincare regimen should change as well. Transitioning from the cold, dark and dry climate that comes with the winter months can be a big change for our bodies, especially our skin.
With spring comes more sunlight, warmer temperatures, and humidity. All three of these factors can have a dramatic effect on the health of skin and your complexion throughout the spring and summer. This means being super cautious when in direct sunlight for an extended period of time, and using the proper products to protect your skin. Here are several helpful tips that you can follow for better skin this spring.
Switch Out Your Skin Treatments
As we all know, winter weather can be harsh, cold, and extremely windy — which leads us to rely on heavy creams and moisturizers. However, as the climate begins to change, we can use more lightweight products instead. Switch to lighter moisturizers, and if you use an acne treatment already, be sure the lighter moisturizer includes an SPF 15 or higher to protect your skin from the sunnier days. Be sure to look for products that are tailored toward your skin type.
Eat Healthy and Live Healthy
One of the easiest ways to avoid breakouts is to eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Having several servings of fruits and vegetables each day can give your skin the vitamins and minerals it needs. Getting exercise several times a week can also be very beneficial. Always remember to wash and rinse your face before and after any workout. Sweat will clog pores and cause pimples. Training your body to take on this routine will go a long way with not only your skin’s health but your long-term health as well.
Shed Those Layers
Spending so much time battling the harsh winter takes a toll on our skin. When the weather begins to warm up and the snow melts, our skin can be left dull and dry, meaning it could benefit from a gentle exfoliator. Chemical exfoliants are also a gentler option to help fight breakouts and brighten your skin. Use an exfoliator at least two to three times every week after your cleanser to keep your skin glowing throughout the spring.
Sleep is Important
Getting ample rest can have a huge impact on your skin quality. Just as important are the conditions in which you sleep. Try to keep your bedroom cool when you sleep to prevent night sweats. This can clog pores and also make it more difficult to sleep fully throughout the night. Be sure to change your sheets, especially your pillowcases, on a weekly basis. The oils from your hair and skin, as well as dead skin, are left behind each night and can be the culprits behind your breakouts. Get 8 hours of sleep if possible to be well rested, and avoid fine lines and bags under your eyes.
There are several ways in which lack of sleep can be harmful to your skin’s health. It can worsen existing skin conditions, accelerate the aging process and increase stress hormones in the body that can cause acne.
Any time that you are outside for an extended period this spring, always make sure to apply sunscreen to avoid burning. Those with sensitive skin should use a sunblock with a high SPF and apply the protectant every hour. Burning can lead to serious health concerns, not to mention damage skin and leave sunspots. Even if you have a dark skin tone it can help to apply sunscreen to keep skin from irritating or UV damage. Certain brands of sunblock can even act as moisturizers for the skin as well, keeping it hydrated and glowing throughout the day.
This spring, make sure you take good care of your skin so that it’s both clear and glowing. Taking the extra time to tend to your skin in the changing season will make all the difference. With these tips, you will surely look vibrant and beautiful all spring.
Looking to change up or establish your skincare routine this spring? Book a complimentary aesthetic consultation with one of our skin experts in Phoenix, Arizona to discuss your skin goals and we will design a custom skincare regimen for the best results!