When you are bundled up under plenty of layers, it is easy to neglect your skin – you hardly see it during the winter! However, winter can be very harsh on your skin, with drying indoor heating, biting winds, and freezing temperatures that leave your skin flaky, rough, and irritated.
Now that spring is here, it is time to rejuvenate your skin and bring it out of hibernation! Not only is it important for the skin’s overall health, but it is also important for the appearance of your skin to give it the attention and care it needs. Warmer weather means barer skin; follow these five tips to get your skin ready for spring and out of the winter funk.
The first thing your skin needs is a gentle exfoliation to get rid of dead, flaky build-up. Dead skin cells sit on the top layer of your skin, blocking nutrients and fresh air (not to mention that dry, dull appearance). Gently exfoliate once or twice a week for glowing skin!
Regardless of the season, your skin always needs to be kept moisturized to look and feel its best. For spring, a lighter moisturizer is ideal for the daytime, and a richer cream at night to really give that extra boost of hydration. Apply moisturizer when your pores are open, like after a shower, for best results.
Seal it in
Speaking of locking in the moisture, keep a bottle of skin-friendly oil in the shower. As soon as you turn the water off, and before drying, apply the oil all over to seal in the extra moisture from the shower while your pores are open. This additional step plus your regular moisturizer will ensure soft, supple skin.
Soak it up
If you are looking for a soothing way to give your skin some love, try a warm baking soda bath. Sprinkle a little baking soda in the warm water, add a cup or two of milk (the closer to whole, the better), and you have a moisture-rich bath for your skin. Add a few drops of your favorite oils, and welcome spring with open arms.
As always, drinking enough water is the key to maintaining healthy, radiant skin year-round. The more hydrated you are, the brighter and healthier your skin will be, so drink up!