While the cooler temperatures were here we used heavier moisturizers, hydrating masks, and less sunscreen. When the temperatures change we often change our hair color and wardrobe to fit the season. Now that spring is on its way, there are things you need to change about your skin care regimen. It’s time to shed all that dead dry winter skin and look nice and polished for spring. Now that the days are going to be longer, the sun is going to get stronger also, so we need to be prepared.
Start off by shedding all of those layers of winter dead skin build up with exfoliation. Not only will your skin feel smooth, but it also stimulates your circulation, this is a great way to give your new skin cell production a boost. There are different varieties of exfoliation, so what ever you are comfortable with is up to you. Personally, I prefer using a dry body brush prior to my bath; ill scrub myself vigorously, focusing on knees and elbows. After my shower, ill put on body lotion while I am still a bit dewy so my skin will drink up the moisturizer nicely. If your skin is sensitive, its best to use gentle strokes when using a body brush or a hydrating body scrub works well too. Same for your facial skin, try exfoliating from 2-3 times a week. I would not recommend exfoliating on days that you will be out in the sun for long periods of time.
Time to book that manicure and pedicure or do it yourself, what ever is easiest for you! If your body and face are feeling dry, I am sure that your hands and feet are too. Get those cuticles trimmed, heels buffed, and those toes nicely polished for those open toed shoes you will be wearing. Keep cuticle oil near you as much as possible to prevent those cuticles from looking chalky or splitting, hangnails may be very small, but are very uncomfortable and can even hurt.
Since you will be hanging up the jacket, putting away all long sleeved clothing, wearing shorts and short sleeved tops you will have more skin exposed. If you are prone to body acne, with warmer temperatures and sweat, your pores have a bigger chance of getting clogged which can cause breakouts. Try a medicated body cleanser with benzoyl peroxide to clean out those pores or find an esthetician that performs back facials to really clean and extract impurities from your pores. If you have extreme back or body acne I suggest you see a dermatologist.
Don’t leave home without it…I’m not talking about your American express card either. I’m talking about SUNSCREEN! Make sure you apply to all areas of the body that are exposed to the sun. Apply 20 to 30 minutes before going outside; this will give the sunscreen time to penetrate into your skin. Your face is the most important thing you should protect from the sun. Use a SPF of at least 20 for you face. Don’t forget about your ears and your lips, they need protection as much as anything else.
Your scalp can also get sunburned from being out in the sun for long periods of time, for protection try wearing hats or caps. Keeping your head covered will also prevent you from overheating. The sun can also make your hair brittle and dry, which can cause hair breakage. If you plan on taking a drive in your convertible, there’s nothing sexier that your hair flowing in the wind, but that warm breeze also dries out your hair too. Try keeping your hair pulled back in a cute ponytail to avoid it getting so dry. Use more detanglers or hydrating masks for your hair weekly to keep that nice sheen and your ends moisturized.
These are just a few tips to get you ready for spring break. There are many more I plan on sharing so stay tuned.