Springtime is upon us, which not only means you can finally wear shorts again. It also means that you might want to update your skincare routine. Your skin needs different things depending on the general climate and springtime skincare routines need to be different than winter skincare routines. So here are some tips on how to take care of your skin during the spring and all year long.
1. Use SPF
The spring brings more sunlight and warmer temperatures. You probably already know this, but increased sunlight and UV exposure is bad for your skin and can cause premature aging and cellular damage. So when going out during the spring, you should always wear at least an SPF 15 moisturizer or sunblock. Moisturizers that contain vitamins C and E are also good for combatting damage from the sun’s rays. Even infrequent sun exposure without protection can be damaging to your skin. So make sure you are wearing sunscreen, even when it’s not hot outside.
One problem with winter skin is that it can get flaky and dull. Like a snake, you need to shed that old skin before the spring. Exfoliation is the best way to slough off old, dead skin from the winter to leave a glowing, radiant layer underneath that is ready for the winter months. A gentle face exfoliator can remove dead skin, clear your pores, and provide your skin with important antioxidants such as vitamin C, which improve the color and elasticity of your skin.
3. Moisturize More Frequently
During the winter, your necks and ears were probably covered by a thick wool hat most of the time. These spots can get really dry and irritated if they are neglected. So as the springtime runs in, these spots can get dry and crack. Thus, it’s important to stay on top of your moisturizing routine and make sure that you are getting every sensitive area of your skin. Also, you should use a water-based moisturizer in the spring. Your face retains more water during the spring so a lighter moisturizer is the best option.
4. Don’t Neglect the Lips
During the winter, it is easy to tell when your lips need some extra attention. The combination of dry and cold makes your lips very sensitive and responsive to change. However, in the spring, they can get chaffed without you realizing it as much. During the spring and later warm months, make sure that you always have a stick of SPF chapstick ready to go. You should apply lip balm at least once a day.
5. Avoid Heavy Makeup
Heavy makeup in the winter can be alright as your face is not as absorbent when it’s cold out. However, during the spring and summer, heavy makeup can clog your pores which never looks good on anyone. Also, don’t neglect to put on sunscreen even if your foundation has some SPF.
6. Lay Off the Retinol
Retinol is a useful thing for clearing dead skin layers but it should be used sparingly, especially during the spring. Retinol replaces old cells with new ones and these new cells can be burned by sun exposure easier during the spring. So while you don’t have to cut it out entirely, just moderate your usage.
7. Watch Out for Allergies
Springtime also means allergy season for some. Common spring allergies include tree pollen, mold, dust mites, maple, oak trees, sycamore, and more. So make sure that you know your allergy triggers and avoid them so you don’t get a patchy, uncomfortable rash.
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