Spring is just around the corner – it’s time for a spring skincare program to renew and regenerate a tired, dull, winter complexion to fresh, clear, glowing skin.
Preparing the skin for a new season (and new weather conditions) takes work and time. According to Dr. Obagi, a leading authority in cosmetic dermatology, “Your skin doesn’t automatically adjust itself for a new season- you need to do the initial work and it will respond.”
The first step to transitioning your skin from Winter to Spring is to make some basic (and surprising) adjustments:
Begin using SPF now – there is evidence that daily use of SPF now will build up in the skin and protect you from the harmful UVB rays your skin will be seeing more of in the months ahead. You can also build natural resistance to harmful UV damage from within (not a subsitute for topical sunscreen) – read our article on Sun Protection from Within.
Cut back on moisturizer – this is surprising, but cutting back on moisturizer now will activate your skin cells, according to Dr. Obaji. While extra moisturizer is necessary during the dry winter months, too much applied moisturizer trains the skin to rely on topical sources for hydration instead of producing moisture naturally, from within.
Overuse of moisturizing creams to counteract dryness can actually perpetuate and exacerbate dryness.
If you have been moisturizing heavily during winter months, slowly cut back, perhaps to a lighter product and let your skin begin working at the cellular level.
Consume Antioxidants! Another surprise – preparing the skin for Spring by consuming antioxidant-rich berries – blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries – the antioxidants protect skin cells from the damage that increased sun exposure can cause.
Exfoliate! No surprise here – after months of exposing your skin to dry indoor heated air, dead skin cells accumulate at the surface. Even though your skin should naturally shed dead skin cells, it does not do a very efficient job – making your need for exfoliation even more critical.
Prepare Your Skin for Spring at Home
We have posted simple home remedies for healthy ‘spring skin’ on a budget – whether you have dry skin, oily skin, or normal skin, there is a recipe for you – just click the link Home Remedies for Spring Skin and start getting your skin in shape for Spring!
- Make Your Own Glycolic Peel at Home
- Remove Dark Spots Naturally
- Give Yourself the Spa Treatment
- Spa Quality Facial at Home
- Delicious Solutions for Dry Skin
- Give Your Skin a Boost With Coffee
- Boost Collagen With This Fabulous Kiwi Facial Cleaner