Your wardrobe isn't the only thing that needs to change when the Spring season arrives. Your skin care routine also needs to change to accommodate to the new season. Spring is an essential time to prepare your body for the hot summer season. With the increase in sunshine, our skin becomes susceptible to UV sun damage, which can lead to sunspots, premature ageing, and sun burns. Depending on where you reside in the world, hot, humid conditions can dehydrate your skin and cause heat rashes and red spots.
Now is the perfect time to prepare your skin for upcoming summer season. Here are 5 easy tips to add to your Spring Skincare Routine.
Tip # 1: Eat More Veggies in during the Springtime
Glowing skin is connected to your diet. Spring is the ideal season to detoxify and eliminate the bad fats we consumed during the cold winter season from those heavy holiday meals and fatty desserts.
The main purpose of the skin is to protect our internal organs and to eliminate the toxins contained within the body. With the modern diet, it saturates our bodies with toxins, and this contributes to many skin problems such as eczema or acne, dull skin, and a decrease in the effectiveness of the immune system.
When it comes to nutrition , there is a consensus that supports eating seasonal, locally grown produce and meat products. Spring provides us with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals, and fibers essential to detoxifying our bodies from the heavy food and alcohol consumed during the winter. Try adding a robust, colorful salad to your daily menu. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables and don't shy away from the essential fatty acids you will find in large quantities in nuts (macadamia, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds), vegetable oils (olive, canola, flaxseed), and fatty fish (salmon and sardines). Always remember, you are what you eat!
Tip # 2: Exfoliate with Natural Products
Springtime is an optimal time to exfoliate your skin. It removes dry, dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, or epidermis. If these dead skin cells are not removed at least once a month, they clog the pores and contribute to the formation of acne pimples, and blackheads. Exfoliation is ideal for removing pigmented cells and activates new cell growth, making the skin visibly brighter, smoother, and more toned.
Natural exfoliates, such as clays, salts, sugars, herbs, and powders polishes and cleanses the skin. Clays are multifunctional minerals. They stimulate the body’s immune defenses and regenerates cells. Clays are composed of trace minerals and elements, such as copper, manganese, aluminum, and iron that feed our skin cells from within.
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Tip # 3: Remain Hydrated to Relieve Dry Skin
Staying hydrated is essential for cleansing the body from within. Not only do we tend to drink less water during the winter, but we also tend to drink tea, coffee, and hot chocolate to keep us warm and toasty. Drinking more water and using more water-based skincare products during Springtime helps prevent dehydration and limits oily skin during the summertime.
When the air gets hot and humid, your skin needs a light, water-based moisturizer that provides a stronger hydrolipid barrier. It reduces water loss from the outer layer of the skin and hydrates the skin at the same time. Consider protecting your skin with a light-weight lotion or serum to seal in moisture from your shower.
Tip #4: Sunscreen is Important during the Spring Season
The Spring season is no excuse to skip using your SPF sunscreen. Although the chances of getting sunburned during the Spring is not as likely to happen as during the summer, that doesn’t make the sunshine less harmful on your skin. Ultra-violet rays are present all year round, and even on a cloudy day, those harmful rays are still present. Applying a good, broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face is essential in the Spring to reduce premature aging of your skin.
Fruits and vegetables high in carotenoids act as natural sunscreen for the skin. Carotenoids are natural pigments that promotes the production of melanin, or pigmented skin cells. They are also powerful antioxidants that protect our skin from free radical damage.
Tip # 5: Relieve Dry Skin with Natural Skincare Products
Most skincare products currently available on the market are made from detergents, synthetic oils, petroleum, and sulfates that are very similar to cleaning products. They tend to be harsh on the skin and can develop into a worse condition, such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. Switching to products made with ingredients that are found in nature, relieves dry skin, and leaves it soft, moisturized, and plump.
Spring marks a turning point in your daily beauty routine. Thick creams and lotions will most likely clog your pores and cause you to sweat. Body washes and gels are made with surfactants that are like those found in dish washing detergent. They tend to strip your skin of its natural moisture. Using a soap bar made with natural oils, butters, and essential oils gently cleanses your skin and replenishes it with moisture. Your skin will not feel as tight and stripped after using a natural bar of soap.
Finally, seal in the moisture by applying a light-weight moisturizer to the skin. Products rich in skin-loving butters such as mango, shea, and cocoa, are packed with phytonutrients that nourishes and moisturizes the skin.
The Secret to Beautiful, Moisturized Skin is to Pamper your Skin during Spring Season.
Spring is a wonderful time to prepare your skin for the upcoming summer season. It’s also a time when your skin is more receptive to the care you provide. So, take advantage of this season to give your skin the best care it deserves. Your skin will be thankful during summer season.
Kali Howard has over 10 years of natural soapmaking experience. She is a married mother of 3 beautiful children.