How to Transition Your Winter Skincare Routine For Spring
What the heck do the seasons want from you? First, it’s cold, then warm — and Mother Nature rinses and repeats. Your poor skin can’t take it.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, though you don’t commonly think of it that way. You know skincare is important, but it’s hard to maintain a good routine when Mother Nature loves messing with you.
One day you and Mother Nature are all dewy and glowing, and the next she flings cold, dry air at your face — you’re left dealing with cracked, flaky skin.
1. Cleanse Gently
For all the drastic weather shifts, your skin suffers. It doesn’t need you waging war, too.
Focus on giving your skin TLC. Use a natural, gentle cleanser.
As spring approaches, you move into cleansers that strip the oils from your skin, but in the early part of the season, you need to take a light and gentle approach. When you opt for heavily stripping the oils from your face, it only encourages your skin to produce more oil. To help fight breakouts, deep cleanse only once a week.
2. Lightly Moisturize
When dry air plagues in the deep of winter, you focus more on heavier moisturizers to shield and cushion the skin. At the start of spring, you’ll want to flow with the onsetting season.
There are various types of moisturizing ingredients. Humectants, like glycerin, hold and attract water — best as serums closest to your face. Emollients, like shea butter, soften the skin and assist with cell binding to soothe the skin. Occlusives, such as petroleum jelly, stop evaporation — typically in face cream, which may contain up to 80 percent of petroleum and should be the last layer. Don’t let moisture escape!
Choose a light moisturizer. The goal is to add more water to your skin than oil, and hydrating toners you can spritz are perfect for light application. It doesn’t hurt to run a little water over your face when you wake up in the morning, either. It’ll help open those bright eyes of yours for the day ahead.
3. Are You Dehydrated?
Speaking of moisture, dehydration causes a great deal of skin issues, such as fine lines and loose skin. Cleansing and exfoliating assists, but for more penetrating dehydration concerns turn to serums and hydrating masks. Place a thin layer of serum under your foundation before your daily makeup routine.
When you feel extra dehydrated, add a hydrating mask into your rotation. Don’t forget to drink water! If you haven’t been good about it before, now is the time to up your water intake before it gets hot.
Your skin needs recovery from wintry wear and tear and the flaky effects of dry air. Start with a light exfoliation routine as you notice dry skin, which will give you a smooth base to apply your makeup. Exfoliants that contain fruit acids, such as lactic acid will help with cell turnover and make your skin brighter, even on a cloudy, dry air day.
You likely heard you should only exfoliate once a week, but dermatologists say normal skin types need to exfoliate your face once or twice a week, while those with hypersensitive skin should stick to once a week. Mona Gohara, a Dove dermatologist, says your skin loses 50 million cells each day and stresses the importance of regular exfoliation. Otherwise, those dead skin cells lurk and make your skin feel dry and dull.
5. Start With Sunscreen
As the days grow longer, your sun exposure increases. Yes, the sun can damage your skin in the spring. In North America, ultraviolet (UV) radiation is at its height in late spring and during early summer, so apply sunscreen with protective foundation 15 to 30 minutes before you leave for the day.
Sprays may be gentler on your face than heavy creams. On brighter days, a stylish wide-brimmed hat will shield your face. Added protection comes from carrying a light sweater and sticking to the shade.
Maintaining a steady skincare routine from winter to spring presents challenges. One day it’s cool. The next day, it’s hot. The temperatures and weather conditions shift throughout the day.
Remember to think light, just as the light increases as spring and summer approach. Use light and gentle cleansers and moisturizers. Hydrate and exfoliate, and don’t forget sunscreen!
You should also drink plenty of water to maintain tight and healthy skin. Remember, when a good skincare routine meets a healthy diet, your skin will look radiant for life. Mother Nature will be proud, even when she tries to mess with you.
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