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Spring is in the Air ~ Preparing you skin for the Summer Months

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.

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