After every long, cold and wet winter, spring awaits as a reward for patiently waiting for the sun to finally shine. While the cold air of winter and the hot summer sun get most of our attention when it comes to protecting the health of our skin, the spring can also offer challenges that need addressing in order for us to look and feel our best.
Any time the weather changes significantly, the sudden temperature change can shock our bodies and take a toll on the health of our skin. So that your skin doesn’t feel dry, dehydrated and undernourished as we welcome the start of spring, here are a few tips to keep in mind that will keep you ready to enjoy the outside.
Take a Step Back from Exfoliating
Exfoliating does a great job of helping to revitalize damaged and dull skin, remove impurities and to repair the skin so it starts looking its best. However, overuse of the scrubbing agents found in most exfoliants can actually make the skin a little rough and dry. Spring marks an excellent time to pull back from frequent exfoliation to help better maintain your skin’s pH balance. Instead of using chemical scrubs and abrasive agents, consider using more natural alternatives, such as ground coffee and sugar, that offer more gradual exfoliating benefits without being as abrasive to your skin.
Warmer Weather is No Reason to Stop Moisturizing
With the heater turned off, you may start to reconsider how frequently you need to moisturize. While the heavier, oil-based moisturizers commonly used during winter may no longer be necessary to keep your skin properly hydrated, you still need to continue to use some type of moisturizer to prevent your skin from becoming dry and cracked. Try using more natural moisturizers like ones that contain essential oils, butters and have an SPF of at least 30 to keep your skin healthy, without being weighed down.
Start a Skin Cleansing Routine
A solid skin cleansing routine is one of the most important parts of enjoying a healthy look this spring. Regular cleansings help to eliminate dark spots, dead skin cells and dull skin, while opening up your pores. Sticking with our lighter spring theme, there are a variety of natural skin cleansing agents that can help fight acne, reduce pimples, repair damaged skin and make your skin look more radiant. Apple cider vinegar contains plenty of antioxidants and cleansing agents which can make skin feel super smooth. Lemon juice and honey have remarkable properties which can smoothen and even bleach your skin to make it more tone and great looking.
Use Natural Tones
Toners provide a lot of utility in helping your skin look its best during the spring. Toners work to hide the pores, making your skin appear smoother and more flawless looking. Toners get their name from hiding imperfections so your skin has a more unified tone. There are a variety of natural tones you can use that include vinegar, mint, rose water and a variety of essential oils which work wonders on the skin as toners.
Steam Open Those Pores
Steaming works as a multi-benefit treatment option that offers a lot of utility for those with busy schedules and only so much time to devout to their daily skin care regimen. Steaming opens the pores to help the skin shed some of the dead cells and impurities that lie beneath. Additionally, if your skin feels undernourished and dehydrated, a steam session can really help to revitalize your skin in a hurry.