With warmer weather right around the corner, the prospect of heading out in lighter layers with exposed skin is afoot. So, it’s time to think about in what condition the harsh winter weather and constant central heating have left your skin. If it’s feeling dry and patchy, several things will rejuvenate your skin and boost your confidence. The following tips are a few of our favorite ways to bring a fresh look and healthy glow this spring.
When you’re wrapped up in several layers all day long, overlooking how dry skin becomes is easy. Dry skin begins to look and feel dull and patchy if left for any significant amount of time. Thankfully it’s also a simple fix to remove that dull, dead skin by exfoliating regularly. A gentle facial exfoliant will take care of delicate skin without irritation, while a sugar scrub a couple of times a week will make your legs and body feel wonderfully smooth.
Once you’ve sloughed away the old dead skin, it’s vital that the new healthy skin underneath is taken care of properly. Moisturizing day and night will keep fresh layers looking dewy while protecting them from drying elements. While it may sound counterintuitive, facial oil is an excellent way to help your facial skin retain moisture and balance its natural oil production. And due to the natural ingredients in oil, your skin will benefit in ways traditional moisturizing creams can’t provide.
When daylight hours are reduced, it’s easy to push sunscreen down the list when you think about your daily skincare routine. However, as the day becomes longer, our exposure to damaging UV rays increases. Therefore, applying a Cancer Society-approved sunscreen daily becomes a vital component of everyone’s routine. The bonus of daily sunscreen use is that long-term skin retains its moisture and elasticity more effectively.
One of the simplest ways to keep our skin looking in top form is by avoiding dehydration. Dehydration affects many bodily functions, not least on our skin. Ensure you drink plenty of water throughout the day, so your body doesn’t pull water from the skin. Also, limit the number of sugary, alcoholic, and caffeinated beverages you consume, as they suck water out of your system quickly.
Warm Wash Only
Speaking of water, stick to warm water when washing your face, as it’s less harsh on your skin than hot water. Hot water strips the natural oils from the skin, causing dryness and unnecessary damage. Warm water will remove dead skin and dirt while leaving beneficial oils intact, and a cold splash at the end will tighten pores and invigorate the senses.
If your skin feels neglected after the long cold winter, now is the time to show it some TLC and have it looking healthy and fresh for the summer. Step up your skincare routine with regular exfoliation, moisturizing oils, and essential sunscreens. Intaking plenty of fluids, thus avoiding dehydration, ensures a solid foundation for daily skin care.