Spring the transition time between winter and summer. Often referred to the season of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. In the US and some other regions of the Northern Hemisphere the vernal equinox (around March 20 or 21) marks the first day of spring, while the summer solstice marks the first day of summer (usually June 21).
In spring, the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt toward the Sun and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. It begins to warm definitely causing new plant growth to “spring forth” giving the season it name. Snow begins to melt, and streams swell from the runoff; frost becomes less severe. In areas where no snow and rare frost happens, air and ground temperatures rise rapidly. Many flowering plants bloom this time of year making everything colorful and fresh.
This is also the time of year marked by unstable air as the cold winter air is replaced with the warmer air causing warmer rains, tornado’s, super cell thunderstorms, hail, and heavy wind causing the jet stream to play an important role in unstable and severe weather in the Northern Hemisphere.
With springtime here the needs of our skin change. In the winter months we are indoors more. Cold weather, central heating and heavy starchy foods can all conspire to make a mockery of your skin care routine. No matter what your skin type you’re sure to notice the effects at some point during the winter. As I have said before moisturizer is the number one weapon against winter weather.
In the spring we are outdoors more, in the sunshine and water. Here are some tips on changing your skin care and makeup regime from winter to summer.
Review your routine and switch as needed. Is your skin care routine for springtime? As temperatures rise, everyone’s complexion tends to get oilier, so even if you have dry or combination skin, you might need a lighter moisturizer. If your skin is really oily, you might want to switch to a serum. These are very lightweight and deliver a powerful dose of nourishing ingredients. Oily skin types should also consider applying a Mattifyer which controls oil for up to eight hours. If that’s too drying apply a primer before your makeup. You might also consider switching from rehydrating make-up – such as a moisturizer foundation, concealer, or blush – to a light dusting of powder foundation, bronzer or blush and apply a light lip gloss. Keeping it simple in the Springtime.
Try a treatment. After a harsh winter, your skin is begging for some relief and rejuvenation. Consider a deeply rehydrating mask or a deep cleansing treatment
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Be diligent about sun protection. As the weather gets warmer, make sure you’re applying sunscreen to all exposed areas 20 to 30 minutes before heading outdoors, and reapplying every two hours. If you don’t own a double-duty product already, consider using a facial moisturizer with SPF. This way you aren’t applying several layers of lotion on your face.
Invest in a cute hat. In addition to applying sunscreen, it’s wise to invest in a wide-brimmed hat (at least a 3-inch brim) to shield your face, hair and scalp.
Just like the sun can dry out your face, it can also dehydrate your hair, leaving your tresses dull and brittle. Even worse, exposing your scalp to the sun can result in a painful sunburn. Hats also give defense against overheating.
Address body acne. With increased heat and sweat, your pores can get clogged and acne can sprout — in the most unlikely places, including your back. To treat the problem, try using a medicated cleanser, cream or gel that has benzoyl peroxide. Using a scrub on a regular basis (about two to three times a week) can help to prevent body acne. However, keep in mind that you can’t scrub away your acne.exfoliating too often and too vigorously can aggravate the skin, especially on more sensitive areas like the chest. If you’re experiencing severe body acne, it’s best to see a dermatologist.
Start screening your skin. Make sure you’re regularly and thoroughly checking your skin for any moles that might’ve changed in color, size or shape.Plus, be sure to schedule your annual appointment with your dermatologist for a professional screening.
Use self-tanner. Before bathing suit season officially begins, many people start working on their “base tans” in hopes of warding off any real damage once they start spending more time outside. However, there’s no such thing as a safe tan — even your base tan causes damage to the skin.
Instead, fake your luminous skin with self-tanner.
Get a mani and pedi stat! After a frosty, windy winter, your hands and heels are probably cracked, chapped and dry — not the best look for your open-toe shoes. Revive them for springtime with an at-home manicure and pedicure.
Skin Care Tips:
- Switch to a lighter moisturizer. The heavy moisturizer cream that was great in the winter time is too heavy for the spring.
- Pay attention to your eyes and mouth areas.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen.
- Lighten up your make-up.
- Ditch the dark colors and choose more natural neutral colors.
- Use a lip gloss to keeps lips hydrated.
All over body care:
- Exfoliate and hydrate- use a loofah slough away dead skins cells and use an all over body moisturizer to keep your new glow.
- Toss the boots and slip your feet into those flip-flops.
- Do a home Pedicure
- If you have extra dry heels, use Foot Works cracked heel relief cream and put on clean socks and sleep for one night and wake up with super soft feet.
- Drink lots of water.
- Drink lots of water.
- Drink lots of water.
- Let your hair air dry when possible, Blow drying can dry your hair out.
- Keep it conditioned.
- Get some highlights or lighten your overall color.
- Get a new cut and style.