Skin Care: 9 Things to Do to Prepare for Springby Eileen Bailey Health Writer
The season is about to change. Cold, wintery days will soon turn into warm, sunny spring weather. And while you will automatically change to lighter, more colorful clothes you may not think about steps you should take to change your makeup and skin care regimen.
The following are nine ways to update your spring look and make sure your skin looks vibrant and healthy:
Toss out moisturizers or makeup with SPF that you bought last spring. SPF begins to lose its effectiveness after one year so any products with SPF you bought for the previous summer season should be thrown away and updated with new products.
Get rid of old or outdated skin care products. While you are checking your skin care and makeup supply for outdated SPF products, look for any products that have changed color or consistency, separated, have caps that won't close or smell strange. This is a good time to get rid of any old product and update your supply.
Purchase oil-free moisturizers and foundations. Heavier skin care products are good for the cold winter months but during the warmer weather you want oil-free products that won't clog pores or look heavy on your face.
Stock up on sunscreen. While sunscreen should be worn year round, it is even more important during the warm months to make sure you apply sunscreen every morning. Since it should be replaced every year, spring is a good time to make sure you have fresh, effective sunscreen.
Treat yourself to all over exfoliating. Use a loofah to get rid of all the dead skin cells left from dry winter skin on your whole body. Use an exfoliator, such as St. Ive's Invigorating Apricot Scrub for your face to give it a healthy, fresh look.
Try products, such as Olay's Total Effects 7 Advanced Anti-Aging body lotion or Estee Lauder's Nutritious Vita-Mineral Radiance Serum (for your face) to help even out skin tone. For a more natural approach, add foods, such as carrots, to give you younger looking skin.
Make sure you are drinking enough water every day. During the cold weather, hot drinks, such as cocoa, tea or coffee can be comforting, but caffeinated drinks can dry your skin out. With the warmer weather it's time to make sure you are getting at least 8 glasses of water a day. Not only is it healthier, it will keep your skin moisturized from the inside out.
Change your diet. Fresh vegetables, fruits and other foods, such as green tea, that have antioxidants are good for your skin. Recent research even shows that gravitating toward a mediterranean diet, with mostly plant-based foods, may help prevent skin cancer.
Update your look by adding greens and blues to your eyes and red to your lips. Use your makeup to accentuate your best features. Spring is a great time to use color to brighten up your look.