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Spring is a time for renewing, cleansing and refreshing your life. Not just in your home but also your beauty needs a Spring Cleaning to refresh and renew your products and routine. Below are some Spring Skincare Tips to help Spring clean your beauty and your skin.
- WASH YOUR FACE TWICE A DAY WITH COLD WATER. It helps to: Prevent excess oil
production, removes dust and bacteria, cleanses the skin, and it keeps your skin fresh and clear. This is especially important with the warmer weather approaching as our skin sweats and secretes excess oil and if left on the face, can cause our pores to clog and most definitely will worsen skin problems such as acne.
- EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN…AT NIGHT Exfoliation is essential during the warmer months. Exposure to the UV rays will contribute to dry skin which will then leave dead skin cells at the surface. These dead cells not only make the skin look dull but it will also help clog pores and increase the potential for breakouts. Also, since the cell turnover process takes place at night, exfoliating as part of your night time routine will make your skin more receptive to topical treatments like Retinol, Vitamin C and Treatment Oils.
3. CHOOSE A LIGHTER MOISTURIZER Winter and it’s dry months call for a thicker moisturizer to infuse the skin with hydration, but the heat and humidity from Spring and Summer will need a much lighter formulation. A lighter moisturizer tend to be enough for most people while a heavier one may increase the risk of breakouts. Look for one with a built in SPF for added protection from the sun. The minimum SPF in a day cream range from 15 to 20, but if you’re going to be exposed to the sun for a longer period of time, ie the beach, opt for a 30, 40 or higher instead.
4. SPRING CLEAN YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS Women tend to keep lots of product for an extended period of time. Especially sunscreen. Because we don’t typically use a separate sunscreen during winter, it’s easy to hang on to one far too long without even realizing it. TIP: Look at the bottom of jars, which will usually have a small icon of an open container with a number next to it. That number — typically 6, 12 or 24 — indicates the product’s best before date in months from the time of opening it. If a product has been open for three months and you haven’t used it, throw it out. Old product can host a buildup of bacteria, leading to clogged pores and dull skin.
5. ADD ANTIOXIDANTS TO YOUR ROUTINE If you’re not using an antioxidant, now’s a good time to start. Antioxidants protect skin by preventing the destruction caused by free radicals which are unstable and destructive molecules generated by the environment and UV rays. Free radicals can break down collagen and elastin, which contribute to the skin’s support structure and keep the skin looking youthful. They are especially important during spring and summer when stronger UV rays wreak more damage. Apply an antioxidant underneath your sunscreen every morning like a Vitamin C serum.
6. CHOOSE A LIGHTER FOUNDATION Although foundations and concealers are an integral part of many make-up routines, a buildup can contribute to breakouts. During warmer months, heat and humidity contribute to sweating and clogged pores which may be exacerbated by the use of heavy foundations. Lighter treatments, including tinted sunscreens are good options to consider.