Spring is here
Did your skin survive winter?
These 6 tips will help keep your skin healthy
The change of seasons can bring changes – often for the worse – to our skin.
Some people have skin that is particularly prone to changes. For example, if your skin is sensitive, you might have been intimately familiar with dry, flaky skin issues this winter.
This spring you can ensure that your skin will be looking fresh and healthy again, but you might have to put in a bit of work.
Try the following tips to effectively prepare your skin for spring:
Exfoliating is the first step in banishing that dry winter skin. Even if your skin doesn’t feel overly dry, exfoliating will remove dead skin cells, giving you a softer, healthier appearance.
Choose a decent quality exfoliator and apply it a few times a week, following with a moisturizer.
The particles used in exfoliators can cause micro-tears in the skin if the user is too firm when applying an exfoliator to their skin, so be gentle.
You might even like to try making your own scrub if you’re feeling experimental!
There are hundreds of recipes out there, but common ingredients include brown sugar, coconut oil, and even used coffee grounds – plenty of chances to unleash your inner creativity using the ingredients of your choice!
Try a light, breathable moisturizer – the higher temperatures brought about by spring and summer will mean that you don’t want to coat your face with something that feels heavy and unpleasant.
If you have sensitive skin, you should also avoid anything with too much fragrance added.
3. Wear sunscreen
Ideally, you should be wearing sunscreen year-round to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays. However, if you’ve been a bit slack on this front in winter, now’s the perfect time to start.
Choose a high-factor sunscreen that won’t dry out your skin; plenty of sunscreens double as moisturizers.
Protecting your skin now will reduce damage later, so apply your sunscreen liberally.
4. Use beard oil
If you’ll be sporting a beard this spring, you can’t go wrong with a good beard oil. Beard Oil is a conditioner used to soften both your beard and hydrate the skin underneath.
Using beard oil will ensure that your beard is soft to the touch rather than dry and brittle – beneficial both to you and to anybody who has the fortune of kissing you!
Beard oil comes in a range of different scents, so there’s something for every beard owner.
You might like to treat yourself to a starter pack, consisting of an oil, a balm, and a comb – perfect for the beard-maintenance beginner.
5. Apply lip balm
Your lips are just as important as the rest of your skin, so don’t neglect them in the ever-changing weather.
Choose a lip balm that will soften your lips without the shine, and apply it regularly – both during your skincare routine and while you’re out and about, especially if the weather is particularly windy.
6. Try a weekly face mask
You might like to incorporate the occasional face mask into your spring skincare routine.
While the use of face masks might feel like something more commonly practiced by the female members of your family, everyone’s skin can benefit from regular face mask sessions – and they’re relaxing, too!
Once a week, take an hour or two to apply a face mask with a friend or partner, and you’ll soon notice a difference in the softness of your skin.
Skincare is important at all times, but particularly so after the havoc that winter can wreak on our skin. Developing a regular skincare routine will ensure that you’re looking, smelling, and feeling fresh all spring long.
Alex Cordier is a freelance writer, who has been published across various sites on topics including home, travel, health and lifestyle. She is most passionate about beauty and fitness and is always on the lookout for the latest beauty trends. Find more of her work here.