You may think that you have it all covered when it comes to taking care of your skin in the spring, but this season can be trickier to deal with than many people realize…
To keep your skin looking and feeling its very best this spring, make sure that you avoid these spring skin care pit falls.
Skipping Out on Sunscreen
Let’s begin with one of the most important spring skin care pit falls…
Are you guilty of not wearing sunscreen every single day?
Many people are, but this is a habit that you need to fix immediately.
Even though the sun may not feel that strong in the spring, its UV rays are still present. These rays not only lead to the development of skin cancers, but they also cause premature aging, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, sagging skin and more. In fact, up to 90% of facial skin aging is due to sun exposure.
While you may have been able to go without sunscreen a few times in the winter (even though you really should be wearing sunscreen year-round), this is something that you really need to be more vigilant about in the spring.
It can sometimes be easier to opt for a serum or a moisturizer, or even a foundation, that already contains SPF, especially if you are someone who tends to forget to apply a sunscreen.
However, you need to make sure that you actually apply enough of the SPF product you are using, especially if this happens to be a makeup product. You will only receive the SPF figure on the label if you apply a sufficient amount of that product to your skin.
What SPF number should you be going for?
Ideally, SPF 30. You should also make sure that the sunscreen you choose is a broad-spectrum one, as this means that it will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.
Forgetting to Protect the Lips
Unfortunately, you can’t apply the same sunscreen that you use on your face onto your lips.
However, your lips need protection too!
In fact, the skin on your lips is even more fragile than the skin on your face, yet this is an area that so many people neglect.
How should you be protecting your lips?
With a lip balm that contains SPF, as well as added antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients.
Under-Exfoliating or Over-Exfoliating
While exfoliation is definitely key when it comes to a healthy complexion, knowing how often to exfoliate can be tough.
Not only does this vary depending on your skin type, but the method of exfoliation you opt for will also have an impact on this.
In the winter months, the skin is normally drier. This tends to encourage people to exfoliate more, as they want to eliminate the dullness that this dryness can cause.
However, the warmer temperatures of spring trigger the skin’s oil glands into producing more oil. The fact that their skin no longer feels quite as dry means that many people stop exfoliating in the spring.
Why is exfoliation so important?
It plays a number of roles when it comes to your complexion, such as:
- Clearing away dead skin cells, enabling the fresher and younger skin cells beneath to shine through
- Increasing your skin’s natural cell turnover rate
- Increasing the production of collagen and elastin in your skin
- Unclogging the pores and preventing acne
- Promoting circulation and lymphatic drainage, resulting in healthier skin cells with fewer toxins
Of course, while some people tend to under-exfoliate in the spring, others go the opposite direction. This is especially the case for those who experience an over-production of oil in the spring, leading to oily, acne-prone skin.
Over-exfoliating can be just as bad, if not worse, than under-exfoliating. It can seriously damage your skin’s natural protective barrier, leaving your skin red, raw and inflamed.
So, how often should you be exfoliating?
Again, this varies depending on the individual. Aim for around twice a week. If this feels as though it is too much for your skin, drop it down to once a week. For those with extremely oily skin, you may need to exfoliate three times a week, but try not to exfoliate any more than that.
Using Your Winter Moisturizer
Are you using your winter moisturizer in the spring?
This is something you really don’t want to be doing…
Well, in the winter months, the air is so much drier. This causes the moisture in your skin to evaporate out so much faster, leaving your skin dry and dehydrated as a result. This is why a winter moisturizer needs to be quite rich, thick and heavy.
However, in the spring months, the air has a higher humidity level, meaning that your skin is able to better retain its moisture. If you apply a thick and heavy moisturizer over the top of it, you will end up with oily skin and breakouts.
Wondering what you should be using instead?
It depends on your skin type…
If you have dry or sensitive skin, then a light moisturizer, or a thick lotion, would probably work well for you.
If you have oily skin, then a light lotion, or even just a serum, may be all you need.
Not Eating Seasonally
So many people underestimate the importance of eating seasonally, or even eating healthily at all. However, not only will this do the world of good to your body and overall health, but it will also make a huge difference to your skin.
Your body, along with your skin, needs different nutrients during different times of the year.
Foods that are seasonal in the spring contain the nutrients your skin needs in order to really thrive during the season.
So, what should you be eating?
Here are a few seasonal spring foods that will really help to nurture your skin:
- Kale – this dark leafy green is packed with protecting vitamins, including A, C and K, along with lutein and carotenoids to help speed up collagen production
- Asparagus – another spring vegetable that is full of vitamins A, C and K, all of which help to repair skin damage while fading dark spots and detoxifying the skin
- Mint – a great source of antioxidants that also contains salicylic acid, making it a great tool for treating springtime breakouts
- Arugula – has been shown to relieve the symptoms of irritated and dry skin, while also protecting the skin from sun damage
- Carrots – contain beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A – one of the most potent anti-aging vitamins out there
Spring is a great season for fresh starts and new beginnings, making this a good time to try to detox your body and skin. Stay away from unhealthy foods, and try incorporate as many fresh, local and seasonal ingredients into your diet as possible.
Neglecting the Skin on the Body
You likely kept your body hidden away under layers of clothing in the winter, especially if you live somewhere bitterly cold.
Well, all of that winter neglect means that you likely have quite a few rough, dull and dry patches of skin around your body.
Don’t ignore these for any longer – spring is the time to deal with them. After all, you want them to all be cleared away before your summertime beach vacation!
Fortunately, all it takes is a little bit of TLC…
Begin by investing in a quality body scrub.
If you only have a few dry patches that are quite mild, then you would probably be fine with a scrub that has quite fine granules. On the other hand, if you have a fair bit of rough and tough skin, then you will need a scrub with larger granules.
Here are a few other tips depending on your skin type:
- Oily, acne-prone skin – look for a scrub that also contains salicylic acid or glycolic acid, but be careful when using this on dry areas
- Sensitive skin – a sugar scrub will be gentle enough to not trigger any reactions
- Severely dry skin – look for a scrub that has been formulated with essential oils to provide your skin with extra hydration and protection
What should you do once you have used your body scrub?
As soon as you step out of the shower or bath, apply a layer of moisturizer all over your body. Focus on the dry areas, applying a bit more product to these parts of your skin.
One other thing that can help is a dry brush…
Never heard of a dry brush before?
It’s basically a gentle method of exfoliation that you can do every day. It makes use of a special type of brush that you run over your skin, beginning at your feet and working your way up. The whole time, you would be sweeping the brush in the direction of your heart, as this helps to increase circulation and boost lymphatic drainage.
Not only is dry brushing a great way to banish rough spots and bring health and lustre back to the skin on your body, but it is also a great way to prevent, and reduce the appearance of, cellulite
The only thing to remember is to use your dry brush before you shower. This then enables you to wash away all of the dead skin cells that you have just brushed off.
After dry brushing, don’t forget to apply some moisturizer! This helps your skin retain its softness. One good way to moisturize the skin of your body is by using a body butter.
Wondering what the difference is between an average moisturizer and a body butter?
Well, a body butter is richer, thicker, and tends to be more creamy. This is perfect for the skin on the body, as it tends to be thicker than the skin on you face and neck.
The Lionesse Body Butter is a good example of a body butter. It contains skin-smoothing and moisture-retentive ingredients like Shea butter, which helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier and prevent moisture loss – perfect for smoother, softer skin.
Wearing Heavy Makeup
You already know that you should be lightening up your moisturizer in the springtime.
Well, the same applies to your makeup too!
The heavier, moisturizing foundation that you loved in the winter will only end up smearing and smudging everywhere due to the warmer temperatures of spring.
For those with dry skin, opt for a lighter liquid formula. If you have oily skin, then you may want to consider switching to powder makeup products.
Don’t forget, you may also need to change the makeup shades you use in the spring.
Because your skin will likely take on a darker tone in the warmer months, even if you are diligent about wearing a sunscreen. This means that you might need a darker concealer and foundation, as well as different shades of blushes, shadows and anything else you may wear.
Not Using a Serum
A serum is a product that is so useful no matter the time of year, but it becomes even more important in the spring.
For a number of reasons…
Firstly, a serum will contain high concentrations of antioxidants, and this is what your skin needs to deal with the stronger sun, increased pollution, and everything else that spring brings.
Secondly, when you apply a serum underneath a moisturizer, this then gives your skin an extra barrier between itself and the environment around it. For those who suffer from spring allergies or sensitivities, this barrier could make a huge difference when it comes to preventing or minimizing reactions.
Wondering why you need a serum when you already use a moisturizer?
Both products moisturize the skin, but a serum is so much lighter-weight. This means that it is able to penetrate deeper within the skin, delivering its potent ingredients to the cells that really need them.
Make sure that you choose a serum that works with your skin type, as well as one that addresses any skin concerns you may have. For example, if you are dealing with fine lines or wrinkles, look for an anti-aging serum packed with retinol and antioxidants. On the other hand, those who have skin sensitivities should look for a soothing, anti-inflammatory serum.
Spring can be a tricky season to navigate. Some days it can be warm and balmy, feeling almost like summer. Other days can be breezy, blustery and chilly, just like winter. This can all be difficult for your skin to deal with, so you need to also be prepared to be flexible with your skin care during the months of spring, tailoring your daily skin care routine to cater to your skin’s evolving needs.