It's spring! It's time to put away the heavy sweaters, the boots, the winter coats and pull out lighter clothes. It's time to put away the snow shovels and bring out the spring planting tools. We prepare for spring in many ways and our skin care routines need to change with the weather as well. As the air becomes warmer and we spend more time outdoors, we need to update not only the clothes we wear but the products we use to care for our skin. The following are some ways to update your daily skin care regime for the new season.
Check your sunscreen. While it is important to use sunscreen year round, many of us, especially those of us in cold weather states, might not pay attention to sunscreen during the winter months. Now is a good time to make sure your sunscreen is current - it does lose effectiveness with time - and make sure you are using an SPF of at least 30 each time you go outdoors. Check your makeup and moisturizer to see what the SPF level is and update as needed. See: Sunscreen Questions? A Dermatologist Provides Answers
Update your make-up choices. Winter clothes are often darker and the make-up we wear usually reflects winter colors, with dark, dramatic eye shadows and deeper colors on our cheeks and lips. Spring is a good time to switch over to lighter and brighter eye shadow, shiny paler colors on the lips. You may want to switch from a darker blush to a bronzer for your cheeks. See: All About Summer Makeup
Add sun protection accessories to your wardrobe. As you begin to spend time outdoors, it is time to make sure you have the accessories you need to protect your skin from the sun. Check out the newest fashions in sunglasses and find an oversize pair that gives you an updated look. Add some wide brimmed hats to keep your face protected from the stronger sun rays. Your accessories can complement your overall look while helping to protect you from the sun. See: See: Six Strategies for Summer Sun Safety
Focus on problem areas. The cold winter months may have left your skin dry and your lips chapped. Use products to focus on these areas and help them recover from the harsh weather of winter.See: Lightweight Summer Moisturizers
Understand how skin needs change with the weather. During the spring and summer months, your skin may become oilier if you have oily skin, or may dry out from the extra time in the sun. A skin care professional can help you set up a customized routine, however, if this isn't possible, remember that those with oily skin should still use a moisturizer, but you may want one specifically made for oily skin.
Exfoliate your skin. Good skin care shouldn't stop during the winter months, but if you have become a little lax, spring is a good time to exfoliate your skin, from head to toe , and get rid of all the dead skin cells that can leave skin looking dull. Be sure not to roughly scrub your skin; instead gently use a loofah or brush for your body in the shower and a pumice stone for your feet. Use mild products on your face to help preserve natural oils while removing dead cells. See: Natural Facial Cleansers from Your Kitchen
Don't forget your lips. If you are experiencing dry or chapped lips, use protective, hydrating lip balms to keep your lips soft. See: How to Make Honey & Beeswax Lip Balm
Update your hair. Spring is a good time to get an updated hairstyle or at least get a cut to get rid of split ends. Use a moisturizing conditioner to restore your hair and check for dryness or flaking on your scalp and use specialized shampoos or oils to help remove dryness. See: Homemade Hair Conditioners to Moisturize, Soften, and Restore Your Hair
Check your elbows, knees, heels and toes. These areas are often hidden during the winter months and that means you may have neglected them. As you begin wearing clothes that show off these areas, pay extra attention, making sure to moisturize and pamper these areas.
Use moisturizing shaving lotion. Many women simply use soap to shave their legs while in the shower but this can cause dryness and flaking. The warm weather might require you to shave more often or every day. Use a moisturizing shave cream or gel on your legs to get a smooth silky feel. Make sure to change razors or blades often as dull blades can cause nicks and cuts. See: Shaving Pains
Published On: April 12, 2012