In the Pacific Northwest we are finally starting to move away from winter and into spring. A new season calls for a new skincare routine! Your skin changes with the seasons and so should your skincare. Dry, cold winters don't just take a toll on your mood and motivation, but they also affect your skin’s texture and moisture levels. Your skin can become dry, flaky, dull, and rough from the harsh, freezing temperatures outside contrasted by the dry, heated air inside.
So how do we shed our winter skin for spring?
Slough off last season with a gentle, effective exfoliator. Exfoliating just once a week can lead to smoother, more radiant-looking skin with visibly improved tone and texture.
Konjac sponges are a gentle and natural way to cleanse, exfoliate, and nourish the skin. Plus, they are suitable for any skin type. Konjac sponges are small, soft sponges made from dried, ground konjac or elephant yam. Asian cultures have used konjac root for over 2,000 years and konjac sponges have been popular items in Asian countries for the last 100 years.
The sponges are often infused with various herbs to address different skin types and conditions. Look for sponges that do not contain artificial colors and are naturally derived, sustainably sourced, and non-GMO, like the Andalou Naturals Konjac Facial Sponges.
2) Spring Detox Face Mask
Winter weather is tough on our skin. Treating yourself to a weekly face mask can help decrease dryness and irritation. Look for masks that are antioxidant-rich, detoxifying, gentle, and calming. If you are looking for a detoxifying formula (especially for oily, acne-prone skin), the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is a cult classic. Need something a little more hydrating? Check out the Pacifica Super Green Detox Kale and Charcoal Facial Mask.
As the days grow warmer, transition away from your heavy, winter moisturizer to a lighter moisturizer or serum that can help keep your skin hydrated without weighing it down. Your skin absorbs much of what you place on it so make sure that you are choosing natural, non-toxic products without damaging chemicals and harmful parabens.
4) Don’t Forget the SPF
You should be wearing sunscreen daily (even on those sad, grey winter days!), but if you have let that slip over the winter then now is the time to bring it back into your routine. Defend yourself against those UV rays and associated signs of premature aging by applying (and reapplying) sunscreen, wearing a hat and sunglasses, and seeking shade whenever possible. Remember that your lips are also prone to the harmful effects of UV rays so make sure you up your lip game with a lip balm that contains SPF, like the Badger Lip Balm Stick.
5) Spring Clean Your Beauty Products
Take a look through your makeup and skincare stash and discard any products that are expired or that have met their PAO (Period After Opening) date. Not sure when you purchased a product? You can spot that a good product has gone bad if the product has:
· changed color
· developed a strange odor
· separated (runny or lumpy)
· feels different on the skin (grainy or thickened)
6) Eat For the Season
After a long winter of eating heavy, warming foods, it is beneficial to support the body in spring by switching to refreshing, cleansing foods. You can do this by starting a gentle spring detox or by shifting your diet to one based on lean meats, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Make sure to include beneficial spring foods like dark leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, swiss chard, collard greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens, and parsley) to support the detoxification processes of the liver and gallbladder.
Increasing water intake in the spring is not only helpful to combat the dehydration that can occur with warmer weather and increased perspiration, but it is also helpful for detoxification and providing the skin with internal moisture.
Having difficulties remembering to drink water throughout the day? Pick up a smart water bottle, like the H2Opal Smart Water Bottle Hydration Tracker. This is one of the few smart water bottles that are made out of glass and has built-in technology to track your water intake and remind you to stay hydrated.
What are your favorite spring skincare products? Leave a comment below!
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