Spring may be right around the corner but your skin is still in the depths of winter. It is easy to neglect the skin throughout the winter season as it is hidden safely away under protective layers. Heavy clothes, boots, and gloves can cause rough patches on the skin that need to be smoothed and moisturized. Cold and dry weather also plays a role, creating dry, scaly spots on elbows, heels and knees. Hot air from heated spaces, low humidity and the lack of fresh air circulating through the home leaves skin undernourished and dull. Post-winter skin conditions can also include acne breakouts, clogged pores, allergies, irritation, inflammation, broken veins, dehydration, and wrinkled skin.
The good news is that the process of rejuvenating skin is something that can be done at home, without expensive spa treatments or high-priced products. These spring skin rejuvenation tips will get your ready to reveal your skin to the world so you can put your best (exfoliated) foot forward.
Step 1: Deep Clean
A gentle and thorough head-to-toe cleanse is the first step to removing the effects of winter from the skin. Rehydrating dead skin cells helps them to loosen, making it easier to exfoliate. Use a mild, hydrating cleanser to replenish lost moisture without drying or tightening the skin. Natural soaps with mild ingredients are the best option for a deep, gentle clean to bring the skin back to life.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Once you have thoroughly cleaned and hydrated, it is time to shed that old layer of skin. Use natural, gentle exfoliants 2-3 times per week to slough off old skin cells and reveal a radiant complexion.
Use only natural products in order to prevent reactions, inflammation and hyperpigmentation. Avoid using liquid soaps with scrubbing beads as they cause tiny scratches that can irritate the skin. Target the rough areas such as elbows, heels, knees, and feet especially. You can get away with flaky and dry feet when they are stuffed into boots and socks, but sandal-ready feet require more attention.
Step 3: Moisturize
Once skin has been exfoliated and new, bright skin has been brought to the surface, it is time to replenish the lost oils and rehydrate.
Moisturizing is one of the most important ways to repair the effects of winter and keep the skin in good condition throughout the spring and summer. It is recommended to moisturize twice per day with nourishing, natural products. The best time to moisturize is after a shower or bath, when pores are open and skin is still damp.
Step 4: Protect
When spring returns, so do the sun’s harmful UV rays. It is essential for the long term health of your skin to protect it from sun damage. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 that also includes natural ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, or avocado oil. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before exposure and re-apply every 2 hours.
Step 5: Maintain
The more you care for and maintain the health of your skin, the longer it will continue to look fresh and beautiful. Consider a deep conditioning once a week to purify, hydrate, and nourish the skin.
There are many natural ingredients that are excellent for skin care, so utilize what nature has to offer by using organic, fresh ingredients that are known for maintaining beautiful and healthy skin.
Spring is also the time when allergies return, affecting the body internally and externally. Skin may be more sensitive during this time, so be sure to avoid any chemicals or artificial ingredients that could further irritate and inflame the skin. Use only pH balanced skin care products that are mild and low in acidity. Natural ingredients are the best way to ensure your skin is happy and healthy.
Nourish from the Inside Out
Moisturizing your skin on the outside is only one way to get the hydration you need. Be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to restore proper moisture to the skin. The dryness of the winter and the heat of the summer quickly deplete valuable moisture from the body. Remember that alcohol and coffee are dehydrating, so if you are drinking either you must drink more water to replenish what is lost.
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables offers micronutrients and antioxidants that promote a bright, beautiful complexion. These nutritious foods also contain water for extra hydration. The arrival of fresh, seasonal fruits, veggies, and flowers can be used internally and externally to rejuvenate skin and uplift the spirits. Your skin is sure to enjoy the sweet or floral springtime scents of cantaloupe, jasmine, currants, pineapples, strawberries.
Out with the Old
Spring cleaning is not only limited to restoring the shine to floors and windows–it is also a great opportunity to get rid of old skincare and makeup products that may have worn out their welcome.
Be sure to check expiration dates. Products past their prime are ineffective and may be hosting unwanted bacteria. Examine the appearance of your products. If they are dried out or have changed in consistency, color, or smell it is time to throw them away. Any SPF products that are older than one year are no longer effective. Throw out any brushes and sponges that you have been using for months as they contain dirt and germs.
Even if your winter products are still in good condition, they may be too heavy or dark to make the transition into spring. Try lighter moisturizers and lighter makeup colors to help put the bleak days of winter behind you.
Spring is the start of a new you. Embrace your bright and fresh future with a rejuvenating skin care regimen and the all-natural, mild and luxurious ingredients of Australian Natural Soaps!