You do spring cleaning every year to bring a dash of freshness into your home, especially the closet. When spring arrives, nature wakes up after long winter which is why this season is associated with new life and opportunities. Your body also wakes up after long and lazy winter, you’re more active and the metabolism speeds up, thus allowing you to lose weight and fit into your favorite spring/summer dress. Let’s not forget your skin also needs some waking up. Cold temperatures dry out your skin, it becomes dull, patchy, and rough. Don’t despair! These 20 tips will help you have a vibrant, spotless, and healthy skin this spring.
1. Ditch Hot Showers
Hot showers are characteristic for winter, but it’s not uncommon for people to jump into a hot bath or shower during spring because they can be quite relaxing. Wrong move! Even though hot showers are soothing to the skin, they make your skin drier. Ideally, you should take lukewarm showers to improve blood flow, relax, and avoid damaging your skin.
2. Drink Enough Water
If your goal is to improve the quality of your skin to make it healthier, youthful, and radiant, then you shouldn’t underestimate the power of staying hydrated. The moisture and hydration come from inside out. Just like water intake is essential for overall health, it is vital for your skin too.
A study whose findings were published in the Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology revealed that higher water intake has a positive effect on normal skin physiology. Now that you have scientific evidence of water intake on skin health, you just have to strive and drink enough water throughout the day.
Most people tend to drink water only when they’re thirsty, but at that point, your body is already experiencing a certain degree of dehydration. Strive to drink about eight glasses of water throughout the day. Or, you can download an app that tracks water intake and reminds you to have some water.
3. Don’t Rub Your Eyes
Rubbing eyes seems natural when they’re itchy, but to some of us, this simple action can be quite relaxing. Wrong move! The skin on your face is delicate, particularly around your eyes and it is prone to damage. Not only you can damage your cornea, but it affects the elasticity of the under-eye area. To make sure your eyes stay healthy this spring and under-eye area firm and plump, avoid rubbing and opt for compressed. You have plenty of choices here; you can apply a chamomile tea bag (when it cools off), cotton pad with toner, or damp washcloth.
4. Take It Easy With Alcohol
We tend to be more social when spring comes along, especially as summer is getting closer. When having a good time with your friends, colleagues or family members make sure you take it easy with alcohol.
Alcohol dehydrates your skin and prevents it from getting much-needed nutrients to stay healthy. Besides dehydrated skin, alcohol can increase rosacea risk while a study from the Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that alcohol consumption can also enhance the risk of melanoma.
Always bear in mind that skin care for spring (and any other season) goes beyond things you do in the morning or before bedtime during regular skincare regimen, your lifestyle matters too. To avoid dehydration and increased risk of various skin diseases, limit alcohol consumption.
Don’t wait for summer to start using sunscreen. Sun’s harmful UV rays are active throughout the year, which is why dermatologists advise we should apply sunscreen all year long, too. So, go to the nearest drugstore and purchase a sunscreen to protect your skin. UV rays break down collagen and elastin fibers thus accelerating the skin aging process. It is needless to mention the sun can damage your skin in many other ways too. Apply a sunscreen 15-20 minutes before you step outside.
6. Add Humidity To Your Home
Are you wondering why your skin feels scaly? The primary culprit is the lack of humidity during winter. So if you aren’t proactive about this, your skin remains dry and scaly, and it’s needless to mention the appearance seems dull and lifeless. You don’t have to wait for summer’s humidity to help your skin recover. Buying a humidifier is a practical solution to notice the improvement in skin’s texture instantly, especially if you place it in your bedroom to allow your skin to recover while you’re sleeping.
7. Don’t Forget Neck and Chest
Do you apply your skincare products to neck and chest, or your routine revolves around face primarily? The chances are high you chose the latter option, just like most of us. Well, chest and neck are exposed to the environment just like your face, particularly when it’s warm weather and you don’t have to bundle up.
The skin on chest and neck needs adequate care and nourishment, just like your face, which is why you should apply cleanser, toner, moisturizer or anything else you use to this particular area as well. After all, neck and chest skin is also sensitive, and it is prone to wrinkles, age spots, dryness, and other signs of aging. To make sure this area matches the youthful appearance of your face, you should include it into your skincare routine.
8. Opt For Liquid Makeup Products
Restore the radiant appearance of your skin with help from products in your makeup bag. Just a little bit of highlighter or blush goes a long way. That said, go for liquid versions of these products rather than powders. Remember, your skin is still recovering from long and harsh winter that made it dry and lifeless. Applying products in powder form, especially on a daily basis, contributes to dryness and doesn’t allow your skin to recover. That’s why you should opt for liquid foundations, highlighters, brushes etc. It’s needless to mention that powders make you look older, while liquid products can contribute to youthful appearance.
1. Hydrate Your Skin Properly
To stay nourished, healthy, and smooth you have to make sure the skin is hydrated, both face and body. It’s a common misconception that the moisturizer you use during winter is also perfectly suitable for spring/summer and vice versa. Since skin during winter is drier, it requires an oil-based moisturizer. On the other hand, warm temperatures require water-based moisturizer with fast absorption so that it doesn’t clog pores. To ensure proper nourishment this spring, get the water-based moisturizer and apply it within 1-2 minutes after leaving the shower or bath.
2. Pay Attention To Your Feet
The sandal season is upon us, meaning you should pay more attention to the delicate skin on your feet. Exfoliate your feet a few times a week to get rid of dead skin cells and use the foot cream on a daily basis. To heal cracked heels and get smooth, sexy feet you can also opt for heavy, oilier creams or butter, apply them in circular motions, put the socks on, and go to bed. When you wake up, your feet will be super soft and smooth.
3. Protect Your Lips
Lips protection isn’t something we do during winter when it’s cold outside. This time, your lips don’t need protection against cold temperatures and winds, but heat and UV rays. To avoid chapped and lifeless appearance of your mouth, opt for a lip balm that contains SPF.
Exfoliation is one of the easiest ways to get the vibrant and spotless skin. The process relieves dead skin cells and all other impurities that your cleanser couldn’t reach. Additionally, exfoliation accelerates skin recovery, evens out skin tone, restores brightness, and makes it soft and smooth to the touch. You should exfoliate about once or twice a week.
5. Add An Eye Cream Into Your Routine
Sun is more prominent in the spring, which means you tend to squint more. As you already know, squinting is a major contributor to fine lines and wrinkles. To combat these signs of aging and look youthful, you should add an eye cream to your routine. Ideally, you should opt for a product that is rich in antioxidants and peptides which work in synergy to ward off collagen-destroying effects of UV rays.
6. Full-Body Scrub Before Hair Removal
If you, like many other women, didn’t pay a lot of attention to body hair during cold winter months, you are dealing with a real struggle when it comes the time to remove them. The best thing you can do for your skin before any hair removal treatment is a full-body exfoliating scrub. Why? That’s because body scrub will remove dead skin cells from your entire body and make the hair removal process faster, easier, and safer.
7. Use A Face Mask
Face masks are gentle, yet provide a wide array of benefits. They soothe your skin and make it incredibly soft to the touch. You can buy face masks or you can make them on your own. For example, you can mix two raw egg whites with a ¼ cup of fresh orange juice. Apply to the skin and wash off in 15 minutes.
Another thing you can do is to combine oatmeal with boiling water, let cool and apply to the skin, wait until it dries and then rinse. You can find a bunch of these recipes online or you can get informed about useful face mask ingredients and experiment with different combinations.
8. Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Spring allows you to introduce a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. The product is excellent for your health, wards off diseases, helps you manage your weight, but they are also beneficial for your skin. Evidenceshows that consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with different, healthier skin color. Regular intake of produce, or freshly made smoothies, improves healthiness and attractiveness of facial skin.
9. Silk Pillowcases
If you use silk pillowcases, it’s time to switch to silk. Why? That’s because cotton pillowcases soak up a lot of dirt and oil from your skin, and clog the pores if you don’t change sheets regularly. Dirty pillows can contribute to skin oiliness and formation of wrinkles. On the other hand, silk pillowcases are breathable, don’t irritate your skin, and they are hypoallergenic. Plus, they help reduce sleep creases. These pillowcases won’t soak up oil and dirt, for sure.
10. Gentle Toner
Since you spend more time outside, your skin is exposed to different pollutants. That’s why you need a more effective skincare routine. If your daily regimen consists of a cleanser and moisturizer, make sure you add a gentle toner as well. The role of this product is, obviously, to tone your skin but it also removes impurities the cleanser missed. Ideally, you should use a toner after cleanser, but before moisturizer.
11. Always Remove Makeup Before Bed
Yes, you want to look your best at all times and apply makeup to enhance your beauty. But when you’re sleeping, makeup isn’t really necessary. In fact, it doesn’t allow your skin to recover and relax. That’s why you wake up looking puffy and with a dull complexion. It’s needless to mention makeup residue clogs your pores and affects the overall quality of the skin. Make sure you always remove makeup before bedtime and you’ll wake up looking like a princess every morning.
12. Opt For Lighter Colors
When we’re talking about skin, let’s not forget the makeup products you’ll use this spring. Instead of dark colors and shades of lipsticks and eye shadows you used in winter, you should go for lighter shades in springtime. Light colors will liven up your look and contribute to radiant appearance.
Spring is already here meaning you have to make some changes in your skin care routine. This article listed 20 practical tips you can use to have spotless, picture-perfect skin. With just a few weeks, you can look younger and more pampered.