Spring is just around the corner. This means tiling our gardens and spring cleaning. However, spring cleaning isn’t just only for our houses. Our skin as well needs some TLC after the cold, harsh winter weather. Though it does not mean a complete overhaul of our skincare routine, a few tweaks and changes are necessary to maintain radiant and healthy skin.
So let’s get down to business right away.
Tip 1: Exfoliate Your Skin
The first step to achieving glowing and younger-looking skin is to exfoliate. Take some time to shed away the lingering layer of winter on your skin with strong but gentle full-body exfoliating products. Don’t forget your face as well by using a green tea face scrub.
Though our skin cells regenerate constantly, the heavy winter weather might have prevented our dead skin from shedding off. Furthermore, winters can make our skin dry and dehydrated, causing our pores to look enlarged.
Tip 2: Get Religious With Sunscreen
The importance of sunscreen can never be over-emphasized. No matter what your age is or what season it is, using sunscreen can prevent damage (which could be irreversible), and keep our skin healthy all-year-round. As our exposure to sunlight increases during summer, it is a must that we apply sunscreen diligently.
Keep in mind as well that sunscreen is not only for days spent on the beach. Even during overcast days, we need it as harmful UV rays can still seep through those thick layers of clouds. The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends using sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF.
Tip 3: Drink Water & Hydrate Your Skin
The human adult body is made of up to 60 percent water. So, it comes as no surprise that the core of every workout, diet, and skincare routine involves drinking plenty of water. Our organs essentially need hydration to function properly and remember that the skin is the largest organ of our body.
Health experts recommend drinking at least 2 liters of water per day. As days are warmer during the spring and summer months, we sweat more often. Nonetheless, by drinking at least the recommended daily allowance, we prevent our skin from getting dry and flakey.
Tip 4: Eat Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
It is a no-brainer that what you eat significantly impacts your appearance, specifically your skin. Thus, a whole new diet is called for the spring and summer months. Increase your fruits and vegetable intake. Instead of snacking on chips and other junk food, opt for berries, oranges, tomatoes, and greens.
Eating more fruits and vegetables can improve your skin elasticity, increase collagen, and help lighten your skin. Fresh fruits and vegetables are not only a great source of water, but it also provides essential vitamins such as Selenium, Vitamin E, A, and C.
Tip 5: Workout
Although not everyone is fond of it, regular exercise helps a lot in keeping or improving your overall health and well-being — and this includes your skin. The strenuous activities involved in working out encourages blood flow and circulation, flushing toxins out of your body.
Little did we know, but working out also acts like a mini-facial since dirt and oil are expelled from our pores as we sweat. Nonetheless, if exercising is the least of your priority, even a 30-minute yoga or brisk walk around the park would do. Gardening is also a form of workout, considering all the tasks involved in tending your garden.
Tip 6: Re-Examine Your Hair Care Routine
We always talk about skincare routines that we often leave hair care out of the picture. But just as your skincare needs switching up for spring, your hair also needs to be taken care of slightly differently. And why should you care? For one, your hair often touches your face. Without proper hair care, your skin is prone to breakouts.
As the season changes from winter to spring, scalps tend to be more oily, volumes decrease due to warmer temperatures, and hair colors seem to be duller due to sunlight exposure.
To combat these problems, hair care experts recommend using clarifying shampoo once a month to help cleanse your scalp from any build-up. Co-washing is also a must to help lock in moisture in your hair. Dry shampoos and hair serums also help in preventing volume loss and oily scalp.
Spring Is Here!
With these simple lifestyle changes in the coming spring months, you can ensure your skin stays beautiful and glowing. Though it might be tedious to change routines, the hassle will benefit you, particularly your skin, in the long run.