Taking Care of Skin in the Spring
Spring is just around the corner, and with that in mind, it's time to think about spring cleaning. But we're not talking about cleaning house. It's time for skin spring cleaning.
Every season is rough on your skin in different ways, and skin needs time and care to adjust as each one comes and goes. The transition from winter to spring can be especially harsh for your skin. After a dry winter, your natural oils come back into balance for the spring.
Here are some steps you can take if you're looking to keep your skin as healthy and flawless as possible.
Winter weather causes your skin to dry out constantly, but exfoliating too often can strip the moisture from your skin. This can leave it looking irritated and dry. Professionals recommend that you only exfoliate a couple times a week. Adding exfoliation to your skin care routine after the wintertime can gently uncover fresh new layers of skin and improve the texture of your skin.
Be careful when finding an exfoliant. There are rough body scrub exfoliants that are meant only for your body because your face can't handle them. For your face, you need a gentle scrub exfoliant specifically made for your face or an enzyme exfoliant, which is used to break down the "glue" that holds dead, dulling skin cells together.
Springtime brings more sunlight, and more sunlight means an increased need for SPF. You should always wear at least 30 SPF even when there seems to be no sun out, but it is especially crucial during sunny seasons like spring and summer. Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most crucial factors in maintaining healthy skin.
Experts recommend you always wear at least 30 SPF moisturizer under your makeup, which will help protect and moisturize your skin while also holding your foundation in place longer.
Drink More Water
Hydration is always important for your skin, but spring is for rejuvenation. Drinking a lot of water will help your skin and body get rid of nasty toxins. It is one of the key factors in keeping your skin clear, hydrated and glowing. Without enough water it is nearly impossible for your skin to reach its full potential. Professionals recommend drinking eight glasses every day, but the more you drink, the better off your skin will be.
Add an Eye Cream
Eye cream isn't something most people consider too important, but using eye cream is an investment in your future skin, especially during times when the sun is shining brighter. The skin around your eyes is extremely thin and sensitive. Eye cream will help to decrease puffiness and potential wrinkles.
Adjust Your Moisturizer
Spring weather is more humid and rainy than winter weather. Depending on your skin type, a lighter moisturizer may be a better fit in the springtime to keep your skin from getting too oily. An oil-free moisturizer with 30 SPF is what professionals recommend, but if your skin is drier than most, you may be OK with sticking to your heavy winter moisturizer.
Taking care of your skin is important to so many aspects of life. Taking care of skin, and adjusting your routine when needed, can help with aging, breakouts, textured skin, flaky skin, smoother makeup application and a smoother finished look after applying makeup.
If you find it difficult to keep up with a skin care routine, try setting aside one time a week when you really get into a skin routine. A little effort will take your skin a long way. It is ultimately up to you to make the decision of whether you think the work is worth having glowing, healthy skin.
Call Dr. Davis' office today to learn more about skin care options as spring draws closer!