The winter months can be harsh on your skin care routine and keeping it hydrated and healthy can be extremely challenging. It’s also why most people welcome spring and the better weather it brings. Surprisingly, the warmer temperatures and the transition that your skin has to make into spring can be equally irritating. It can have a negative impact as well. Problems like eczema, rosacea and acne tend to flare up due to increased sunlight, temperature changes and many other factors.
Your skin isn’t the best in the winter and spring tends to be quite volatile. Your skin has to deal with sweat which is an irritant and the hot temperatures affect the skin too. In addition, seasonal allergies surface during this time, which trigger rashes and irritation.
Our bodies are designed to work in tandem with nature. Winter is the time when nature slows down and that’s also when our hair growth slows down and the body secretes less oil. Similarly, everything comes alive in spring, as does our skin. So how can you help your skin transition between these two drastically different seasons?
Some changes in your skin care routine, as well as your diet, can make a big difference to the way your skin looks and feels. Here are some tips that can help:
Hydrate Your Skin
This is the most obvious change you need to make in your skin care routine. Lighten up your face oil or moisturizer. Avoid heavy/oil-based skin care products, yet maintain the moisture levels without suffocating your skin.
Cleanse it well and then use a refreshing, hydrating facial mist (rosewater). Follow this with a very light face oil (jojoba oil) or lighter moisturizer that your skin will be able to absorb very well. Using a moisturizer during the daytime will protect your skin from irritants and pollutants and oxidant-rich face oil will do wonders at night.
It’s best to stay away from products that are excessively stimulating as the objective is to soothe and calm the skin. This also means you need to put away products like glycolic acid for some time. This is especially important if you experience rosacea or eczema flare-ups.
Reach For Protective Antioxidants
Soothing antioxidants & botanicals can help restore and repair your skin’s barrier. It also has numerous photo-protective properties. These would be able to minimize the damage caused by the sun’s UV rays and boost the effectiveness of your sunscreen too. Opt for products that have natural vitamin C as they help protect your skin from UV-damage. During springtime, a vitamin-C-rich mask each week can work wonders for your skin. Acerola berry, rosehip oil, and camu camu have high vitamin C content. You should also include a good quality antioxidant-rich facial oil or serum in your skin care routine. In fact, any products that have natural berry ingredients will have a large amount of antioxidants in them.
Treat Your Skin To A Manuka Honey Mask
If your skin tends to become excessively irritated and cranky during spring, try a Manuka honey mask. This will soothe your skin and its healing and anti-bacterial properties will calm the skin significantly. You can also try a probiotic-rich organic yogurt mask; it helps strengthen your skin’s microbiome and allows it to heal itself.
Combine ½ tsp. of high-quality Manuka honey and a few drops of warm water. Spread this mixture all over your face and let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then rinse it with some warm water. If you are using the yogurt mask, simply apply a generous amount of probiotic yogurt on your face and neck for the same amount of time and rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Choose the Right Sunscreen
During spring, your skin is bound to be exposed to greater amounts of sunlight. This also means you need to incorporate some form of facial sun protection when you are outdoors. But if you suffer either from rosacea or acne (both of which tend to flare up during springtime), they will respond very poorly to sunscreen.
Most sunscreens clog the pores and acne sufferers find that their skin breaks out when they use these products. As a matter of fact, most sensitive skin is prone to irritation and redness. This makes it essential that you choose sunscreens that are non-irritating and ones that have non-comedogenic oils. If you suffer from rosacea, look for mineral-based products that are specially formulated for sensitive, redness-prone dry skin.
Opt For A Good Air Purifier
Facial irritation is a very common skin problem that many people suffer from during springtime. Red, dry patches and puffiness are some issues that people with sensitive skin have to deal with. The solution is to make sure that your indoor air is as pollution-free as possible. Using air purifiers is one of the best ways to eliminate pollen-laden dust from the air. You can place these devices in your bedroom or any other areas in your home that you tend to use a lot.
Consume Foods That Are More Liver-Friendly
Eating nourishing foods is one way of caring for your skin from within. This can go a long way in making the seasonal skin care transition easier. Spring relates to our gallbladder & liver, both of which help cleanse and detoxify the body. This is why it is essential to consume foods that help the body cleanse itself, by supporting the liver.
While it’s good to incorporate nutrient-rich, whole foods in your daily diet, you should also consume bitter greens like collard greens, dandelion, and mustard greens, etc. Bitter melon and radish are excellent detoxifiers too and have medicinal properties. While raw and cold foods increase the levels of dampness in the body and promote flare-ups of the skin, cooked bitter greens are a better choice. When you focus on detoxifying your body and keep it well-nourished from the inside-out, you will find that it is able to transition from winter into spring in a better way.