After months of harsh winter weather, spring has finally sprung here in the Northeast. Hallelujah! Spring represents the perfect time to clean out and lighten up; the home, the garden, the wardrobe, and even our beauty routines seem to call for a bit of a refresh, as we make the transition from winter to spring.
Just as we must modify our skincare products and treatments when the cold weather hits, we must also make adjustments to our products and routines in springtime, so that the change in temperatures, sun exposure and moisture levels don’t wreak havoc on our skin. This is the perfect time to get your glow on and here are eight ways you can do it:
- Get rid of last year’s products. Many people hold onto products from one year to the next, however, the shelf life of most beauty products and cosmetics is only 6 months. Beyond that time, they are (a) not as effective and (b) likely to be contaminated by bacteria, which can prove dangerous. That means that those lotions, potions and palettes from last spring should be discarded and replaced. Consider it part of your spring cleaning!
- Commit to good cleansing. Dry skin conditions in winter is likely to result in flaky skin and clogged pores. Continue to use a gentle cleanser, but spring is the perfect time to do more exfoliation to clear away those dead skin cells. Add in a gentle exfoliator 2-3 times per week, preferably something with glycolic acid, lactic acid or citrus extracts.
- Transition to a lighter moisturizer, preferably one with vitamin C, which brightens up the complexion.
- Add sun protection (at least spf 50) into your skincare routine, either in the form of a moisturizer with spf or a sunscreen layered on top of your moisturizer (Here’s a natural sunscreen product that I like very much).
- Don’t forget the décolletage. As you get ready to bare more of the neck and chest area, be sure to moisturize and protect these areas as well.
- Possibly reintroduce Retinol products in the springtime. Retinol products can be very drying, so many women opt not to use them in winter. If you want to reintroduce them into your skincare routine, spring is the perfect time to do so. But remember, retinol products are photosensitive and should ONLY be used at night.
- Indulge in a facial/skincare treatment, either a salon treatment or an at-home facial.
- A good exfoliation, followed by a soothing mask is not only a great way to treat and condition the skin, but it’s a treat for the senses!
- Take an omega fish oil supplement (if you’re not already taking one), which will help the body maintain hydration and improve skin tone and elasticity.
And since this time of year gives us so much to smile about, add your mega-watt grin and you’ll be absolutely radiant!