Spring means warm weather and days out in the sun, and though our skin does prefer this time of year, you shouldn’t slack on your skincare routine. After the cold weather of winter, your skin will need some extra pampering to revitalise it. Read on to see some top tips on looking after your skin during spring.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Chances are, you’re exposing a lot more skin in the spring months, letting your arms and legs see the sun once more. And with extra skin on show, there is a need to scrub away the dry winter skin. Exfoliate with a cream base that has fine granules, so it both exfoliates and moisturises your skin. You can also use exfoliating mitts and puffs in the shower with a lathering body wash that will leave your skin feeling smooth. For your face, go for an exfoliating facial scrub, which can buff away the dead skin cells, leaving you with a glowing look!
Use a Lighter Moisturise Morning and Night
After your skin has been hiding in long sleeves and under jumpers for several months, it is time to moisturise more. With the temperature heating up, we sweat more, so a lighter moisturiser is better suited, particularly a water-based one. If you are prone to dry skin all year round, be sure you are still moisturising morning and night, as UV rays can damage your skin’s moisture barrier. Take a look at the organic moisturisers we have available to find one suitable for your spring skin.
Use a Gentle Cleanser
For dry skin, a gentle cleanser is needed. Using a gentle cleanser means your skin’s protective layer won’t be harmed or unbalanced, and also won’t irritate or dehydrate your skin. A gentle cleanser also doesn’t take away the natural oils from your skin and leaves your skin feeling soft. If you haven’t used your cleanser in a while, replace it, along with other untouched products.
Remember to Apply SPF
While longer daylight hours means more sun, it also means that UVA and UVB rays are stronger and more harmful to your skin. When spending time in the sun, even in spring when it might not feel as warm on your skin, applying SPF and staying in the shade prevents your skin from burning and becoming irritated. Apply the sunscreen to your skin 30 minutes before heading into the sun, as this gives it time to soak into your skin, providing better protection.
Eat Foods with Vitamin A
It is not just about the products you apply to your skin that keeps your skin healthy during spring, but also the food you eat. As the weather warms up, we are more inclined to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, which are suitable for your skin due to the Vitamin A. Also known as retinol, Vitamin A helps your body’s natural defences against illness, helps with vision and also keeps your skin healthy. Good sources of food include dairy products, yellow fruit such as mangos and apricots and yellow, red and green vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes and red peppers.
Turn the Heat Down in the Shower
Hot showers are relaxing and a lovely way to relax at the end of the day or warm yourself in the morning on a winter morning. However, hot water is not good for your skin, as it strips away the natural oils and can be damaging to dry and sensitive skin. Turn the temperature down, and shower or bathe in lukewarm water. Once out of the shower, apply a body lotion to lock in the hydration.
Skincare is essential, and we have loads of fantastic products that can help freshen, exfoliate and soften your skin as part of your daily routine. Be sure to take a look at our blog too, for tips and advice on caring for your skin, from information on face mapping to tips on soothing eczema.