6 Skin Care Tips For Spring
Spring has arrived, and with it (at least here in Austin) comes increases in humidity, temperature, and sun exposure. While the inviting weather is celebrated by many, environmental changes of the spring season can profoundly change how your skin looks and feels. Additionally, sufferers of chronic conditions like psoriasis, eczema, acne or rosacea may also notice an increase in symptom flare-ups.
Here are some skincare tips to help your skin look and feel its best throughout the season:
During the winter months many people build a layer of old, damaged, and dead skin cells on the surface of their skin. Spring is the perfect time to exfoliate away old skin cells and other unwanted debris in order to reveal a younger and more vibrant appearing skin layer. Gently exfoliating the skin once per week will create the perfect springtime glow. Along with the face, pay attention to your knees and elbows as those areas often experience build up as well.
In the same regard as exfoliation, spring is a great time to focus on cleansing away the effects of the harsh winter season. Choose a lightweight cleanser that is gentle yet powerful on the skin. Consider adding 1-2 minutes of additional cleansing time to your normal routine in order to focus on problem areas (where your pores are most congested from wintertime build up).
Spring is a great time to introduce a serum to your skin care regimen. There are many great serums on the market today with brightening, anti-aging, and antioxidant protection abilities. Add the serum under your moisturizer to help the skin stay extra soft and supple.
Many people will find that their skin feels a little tight and dry after the cold, dry winter months. You’ll still need to use a high-quality moisturizer in the warmer spring months to continue delivering added hydration to skin. But you’ll want to put aside the rich, creamy moisturizer in the spring as these tend to trap sweat in the pores. Instead go with an ultra-healing moisturizer with a lighter lotion consistency.
Increase Your SPF
Spring in Austin means higher UV indexes and typically more time spent outdoors. While you should have been wearing a broad-spectrum high SPF sunscreen in the winter months, it’s even more important to protect your skin as we head into the summer. Make sure to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.
Looking for a good sunscreen? Read our previous blog posts on finding the right sunscreen for your skin type and the differences between physical and chemical sunscreens.
Sandal season is coming, are you ready to show off those toes? Spring is the time to use a foot peel like Baby Foot, which exfoliates away dry skin and crocked heels created by the winter months.