Frigid temperatures, cold winds and lack of sunlight didn’t do your skin any favors this winter. Fortunately, with a little preparation and know-how, you can restore your healthy glow. Below is a guide to help you pamper your skin with a simple but effective skincare routine.
That fresh spring air isn’t just nice to breathe – your skin loves it too! Since the dew point increases in the late spring, your skin just isn’t as thirsty at this time of year. So, swap your hydration-rich face moisturizer that saved your face all winter for something a little lighter.
You’ll be spending more time outside, so look for a moisturizer with at least 30 SPF, or apply sunscreen after you moisturize. Look for a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide. Unlike harsh chemicals, this won’t react with your skin. Skin damage from the sun is hard to reverse, so prevention is crucial.
As we move into spring, switch to a lighter application of your makeup, too. You won’t have to compensate for the drab and dreary winter moods anymore, so let the colors of spring complement a light, neutral color pallet. Avoid clogged pores with a lighter foundation, or skip it altogether.
Find a face wash that gently exfoliates your skin to shed dead and dry skin cells. You should only exfoliate two to three times a week, but use a facial cleanser daily. For an easy at-home exfoliant, mix two cups of brown sugar with one cup of olive oil and rub it gently on your face and body. Rinse off with warm water and moisturize as usual.
Follow up your exfoliation routine with a hydrating mask to restore your glow.
In a blender, puree one ripe peeled banana with 2 tablespoons honey. Apply on face for 20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Follow up with a moisturizer. Honey is a humectant, which means it reduces the loss of moisture, and your skin will love it.
In a blender, mix 3 tablespoons dried oats, 1 tablespoon honey, and1 tablespoon whole milk until pureed. Massage onto your face and neck and relax for 20 minutes. Oatmeal is the skin’s best friend – it acts as an exfoliant and moisturizer and it contains vitamins and minerals essential to skin regeneration. Rinse off with warm water and moisturize.
Pro Tip: Use cooked oatmeal for sensitive skin.
Petroleum jelly is one of our favorite (inexpensive) skin moisturizers for dry, cracked areas of the body. However, it’s not very pleasant to smear this stuff on before you start your day. That’s why we recommend applying it before bed to hands, ankles, elbows and any other areas that bother you. You can put socks on your hands and feet to keep your sheets clean. Or apply it to your feet before you slip on socks in the morning. You’ll often see results just after a day.
When it comes to moisturizing, we find that less is more. Some of our favorite natural moisturizers are coconut and olive oil. Just remember, a little bit goes a long way. The antioxidants and natural oils in these moisturizers work in harmony with your skin to repair damage and rejuvenate your skin. Apply to all areas of the body (yes, even your face) to restore balance to your skin.
Spring can be a good time to give your skin a break from makeup altogether, and just let your natural beauty shine. Warmer temperatures mean you’ll be sweating more, and this can mean bad news for people who use a lot of makeup, especially coming out of winter. Our skin needs time to readjust to the change in temperature, and it’s easier without any makeup. Just be sure to cover up with a good SPF.
Now is a good time to go through your makeup drawer and replace any makeup brushes or old product. These older products can harbor bacteria that contribute to breakouts, and it’s a simple way to keep your face cleaner and healthier. Wash out makeup brushes and throw-out any expired product.
Healthy skin is also a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle. If you eat poorly and don’t get enough sleep, your skin will show it, no matter what you do. Now that the weather is warmer and the sun is shining, spend more time outside exercising, or simply taking more walks. Don’t forget to hydrate – drinking half of your body weight in fluid ounces a day can do wonders for your skin and your health. Finally, take advantage of local, fresh season produce to cook healthy meals.
Your skin is the largest organ on your body, so why not take great care of it? If you’re intrigued to learn more about creating the best skincare routine regardless of the season, the School of Beauty and Wellness at Genesis Career College is always enrolling new students in our Esthetician program. Learn more about the growing demand for skincare careers and how you can become qualified.