Your Springtime Skin Care
Move over winter – springtime, and a fresh outlook on skin care, is moving in. Whether you’re seeking anti-aging skin care advice, useful hints to recover from winter skin ravages or quick tips on saving your skin from the effects of seasonal allergies, here are some pointers from the beauty blog gurus to optimize your best looking skin this spring.
It’s been a couple weeks since we turned back the clocks to get more daylight time and hopefully you’re getting an adequate amount of vitamin D, nicknamed the “sunshine” vitamin. Vitamin D, explains youbeauty.com, is an antioxidant that replenishes skin hydration, boosts elasticity, stimulates collagen and helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also aids calcium absorption and regulates the immune system, which is essential to healthy, luminous skin.
The National Institutes of Health recommends 10 to 15 minutes of sunshine three times weekly to produce the body’s requirement of vitamin D. Since proper skincare requires sun protection, you should up your vitamin D intake with such foods as fatty fish like tuna, salmon and mackerel. Check the label for added vitamin D in fortified milk and cereals. Vitamin D supplements may also be recommended by your doctor.
From Winter To Spring Skin Care
The number one anti-aging product all dermatologists agree on is sunscreen. So as the weather gets warmer and you’re spending more time outdoors, step up the sun protection. To Revamp Your Skin Care Routine for Spring, be sure to use a tablespoon of broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 for the face. Use a shot glass to measure the amount of sunscreen recommended for use on your body.
It’s also time to clear out the makeup drawer. Swap out winter’s heavy moisturizer for a lighter formula that allows your skin to breathe advises elle.com in 6 Tips to Help Your Skin Recover From Winter. To ease the transition, start with alternating every other day or using your heavy cream at night and lighter moisturizer during the day.
One of the 8 Ways To Get Glowing Skin By Spring, suggests glamour.com, is to add toner to your daily routine to help balance your skin’s pH level and shrink the look of pores. And since you’ll be spending more time in the sun, include an antioxidant serum to your skin care regimen to counteract the free radical damage. We like time-tested Skinceuticals’ C E Ferulic.
If you’re a DIY gal, springtime means the grocery store aisles are full of seasonal items perfect for creating your own beauty treatments. Check out totalbeauty.com for 9 Perfect-for-Spring Homemade Skin Care Recipes like lettuce cleansing lotion, which is chock full of vitamins, sulfur, silicon and phosphorous to balance your complexion. Or, try rose toner for removing oil and dirt from skin.
You may sneeze and sniff your way through spring, but according to 7 Ways To Save Your Skin During Allergy Season, you don’t have to look like it. Puffy eyes can be soothed with the back of a cooled spoon placed over your closed eyes, or try cosmetic concealer with peach undertones to cancel out bluish dark circles. For your red and peeling nose, it’s all about hydrating while you sleep. Apply an argan oil balm to your nose at night so it seeps in while you sleep. Blistex also works particularly well for dry, irritated skin, and the mild camphor scent can help open sinuses. By the time you wake, your nose will be well hydrated, free of flakes and concealer-ready. Use a green concealer to combat redness, then blot a flesh-tone concealer over it to blend. Staying off your face while you sleep reduces facial puffiness and JuveRest can help with that (as well as keeping your nighttime treatment on your face instead of your pillowcase!).
With a few adjustments to your springtime skin care regimen, you’ll feel as fresh and beautiful as a spring morning!