Your skin’s needs change along with the seasons, meaning that now that winter is almost over, you need to begin thinking about transitioning your skin into spring. While there are many ways in which you can help your skin to recover from the stressors of winter, these are some of the easiest, and most effective, methods.
A Lighter Moisturizer
In the winter, the air is extremely dry, which is why a thick and greasy moisturizer is essential to keep skin hydrated and protected. However, as spring approaches, the air begins to have more moisture in it, meaning that your thick winter moisturizer will only begin to clog up your pores as the temperatures rise, which is why many people tend to experience breakouts at this time of the year. To prevent this, switch to a lighter moisturizer that will allow your skin to breathe.
Frequent Use of SPF
Sun protection is vital throughout the year, but, once spring arrives, people begin to spend more and more time outdoors, meaning that exposure to the sun is increased. This means that you need to be using sun protection more frequently, reapplying it whenever you get wet or sweat. In addition to applying it to your face, as well as other parts of your body that will be exposed to the sun, you should also be using a lip balm that contains SPF, as the skin on the lips is extremely sensitive, and will have dried out significantly over winter.
While you may have accumulated a number of skin care products over the past few months, now is the perfect time to go through them all, throwing out products that are past their use by date, or are over six months old. Using expired skin care products can lead to everything from clogged pores to a build-up of bacteria, which is why this is an important task to carry out in the spring.
One of the main skin issues that arises over winter is dehydration, which is why extra effort needs to be put into hydrating your skin before spring arrives. This should be done from both the inside as well as the outside. Externally, moisturizer, as well as a hydrating serum, is all that you really need, but be sure to apply your moisturizer when your skin is damp rather than dry, so that it has extra moisture to trap into your skin. Internally, you should be drinking plenty of water throughout the day, while also consuming foods that have a high water content, such as fresh, raw fruits and vegetables.
The winter months can really take their toll on your skin, but now that spring is almost here, you need to prepare your skin for the upcoming seasonal transition. While these steps may seem simple, they will help your skin to slowly adjust to the changing temperatures, enabling it to really thrive for the rest of the season.