Just like you, your skin breathes a sigh of relief when spring is on the horizon. Warmer temperatures, a softer wind chill, and the absence of harsh heaters equal all-round happier skin.
That said, there are still things you can do to make the transition from winter skin to summer skin as smooth and glowy as possible!
Here are 9 top tips from Dr. Maha Shariff, an expert Aesthetic Doctor and General Practitioner in the NHS.
Spring skincare for your face
Spring-clean your skincare
Got an old, crusty mascara lurking around in your makeup bag?
It’s in the name: now is the perfect time to give your skincare products a spring clean.
First, look for that little jar symbol on your product packaging – that’s how many months you can safely keep your product after opening it.
This would also be a good time to wash your makeup brushes, too. Weekly is best, as bacteria can build up and cause sensitivity and breakouts.
But if you’ve missed a week (or a few…) now’s the time. Simply soak your brushes in warm, soapy water.
Allow to air dry or use a hair dryer. Avoid placing them on a towel as this can encourage microbial growth.
Double-check your sun care
You should be using an SPF of at least 30 every day – even during the winter.
It might not seem like you need it, but daily SPF application is one of the best defenses we have to protect our skin cell DNA from damage and potentially skin cancers.
UVA – the rays most associated with skin thinning and wrinkle formation – can even pass through glass, so you need to be vigilant all year round:
- Grab a good SPF and use it daily, if you’re not already
- Make sure your factor is high enough for the weather – at least 30 all year round, while 50 is best for sunnier seasons
- Check your bottles to make sure they’re in date and at their most effective
You don’t need to be afraid to exfoliate, even if your skin is dry: it’s one of the best ways to get rid of waste, dirt, and dead skin cells on the surface.
Exfoliation helps to clear your skin’s top layer (epidermis), leading to less bacteria, less blemishes, and better absorption of your other skincare products.
Over-exfoliation can disrupt your skin, so watch out: 1-2 times per week is ideal. You might be used to scrubs, but chemical exfoliators are the way to go if possible. Find one that caters to your skin type:
- Lactic acid for drier skin
- Mandelic acid for oily skin
- Salicylic acid for blemish-prone skin
The final say…
And you’ve made it into spring!
Understanding how your face, hair, and body change with the seasons can help you stay smooth and nourished all year round.
Curious about collagen, or got any more questions about maintaining a year-round glow? Check out our Hair, Skin & Nails Hub:
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