By: Holly Case, Freelance Writer and Mom of Three Boys
Everything feels fresh and new in the spring. Flowers are blooming, it’s staying lighter in the evenings, and you’re shopping for lighter-weight clothes. But while you’re freshening up your wardrobe and doing some spring cleaning, it can also be a good idea to revisit your skin-care routine.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Your skin gets a little tougher during the winter months to resist the wind and cold. Once weather becomes less harsh in the spring, it’s time to reveal the fresh, glowing skin underneath. A gentle exfoliating product can bring out a gorgeous complexion that’s been hibernating for the winter.
Use an Eye Cream
If you haven’t been using an eye cream, spring is a great time to start. The delicate skin around your eyes can easily develop wrinkles. You’re more likely to squint when the sun is brighter in the spring. Use an eye cream—and wear sunglasses whenever possible, too.
Evaluate Your Moisturizer
The biting cold of winter air requires a heavy moisturizer. Warmer temperatures and greater humidity can make your skin oilier in the spring. You might want to revisit the type of moisturizer you use and make the switch to a lighter option. An oil-free moisturizer can still keep your skin supple without making breakouts more likely.
The sun is damaging to your skin all year long, even when the sun’s not shining. But if you’re not regularly wearing sunscreen, it’s never too early to start. And if you are using sunscreen, you may want to apply it more often or switch to a higher SPF in the spring. Warmer temperatures mean you’re more likely to want to be outdoors. There’s no rule about only using SPF in sunscreen, either. Layer on the SPF in sunscreen, moisturizers, foundation—it all helps.
Revisit Your Cleanser
Your skin’s cleansing needs may change as the weather does. You may need a less moisturizing cleanser in the spring. Or you may need to change the frequency of using a cleanser. If you normally wash your face only at the end of the day, you may also need to start doing so in the morning or after work.
Keep What Works
Not all products in your skin-care routine need to be changed in the spring. Keep using anti-aging treatment serums, which aren’t affected by the season. Be sure to continue taking vitamins and drinking lots of water, which are essential parts of good health no matter the season.