While the weather might not agree, the calendar says that spring has nearly arrived. And just as your home demands a springtime rejuvenation, your Salem skin care professionals wants you to know that your daily beauty routine can also benefit from a serious spring cleaning as well. More time spent outdoors in the sun, temperatures slowly creeping upward, and pesky allergens present new challenges for your skin now that the hibernation of winter is finally coming to an end. So that you can enjoy the springtime breezes with soft, happy, and glowing skin, here are a few simple tips to keep in mind.
Don’t Forget to Moisturize
Just because the dry air of winter has started to give way to the cool, damp air of spring doesn’t mean you should pack away your moisturize with the gloves and scarves. No matter how much oil your skin produces, a good moisturizer ranks as a vital part of enjoying healthy, vital skin. Lathering up with a moisturizing body wash that’s both gentle to the skin as water, and is soap-free, dye-free, and unscented will keep your skin feeling smooth, soft, and caressable.
While exfoliating offers wonderfully effective results as part of a daily beauty routine, you still need to choose your products wisely. Abrasive ingredients meant to scrub away dead skin cells can be overly harsh for those with sensitive skin. Rather than use products containing hydroxy acids and potent retinoids, look for creamy formulas with micro-beads that will leave your skin looking its best without causing any irritation.
Sunscreen is Your Best Friend
If you’re going to be outside during the day, you should take the time to apply some sunscreen. Powerful UV rays are one of the primary causes of premature aging skin, skin cancer, and all types of skin damage. If you skimp on using SPF during the winter months, spring gives you a fresh start on practicing this invaluable habit. As a two for one, look for foundations and moisturizers with at least an SPF of 30. If you plan on spending the day outside, up that number to at least 50.
Spring Clean Your Makeup
Just like that half eaten bag of greens sitting in the vegetables crisper since summer, spring cleaning also means throwing away makeup that’s reached its expiration date. Wash your makeup brushes, and toss out whatever’s untouched or has seen better days. Take the time to scale back the amount of makeup you wear to fashion a lighter, fresh, more springtime look. After all, you don’t need to wear heavy foundation when the sun is shining and the birds are singing.
Give Your Lips a Little TLC
Your wonderfully luscious lips will wilt a little as the season changes. If you start to experience chapped or dry lips, know that you’re not alone. Make sure to keep your favorite brand of lip balm handy for just these types of emergencies. Balms that features ultra-hydrating components like nut oils, Shea butter, beeswax, and cocoa butter will help protect your lips for when you need them looking their best.
At the Salem Dermatology Clinic, we offer a wide range of the latest products perfect for keeping your skin feeling healthy and looking younger. Our Salem skin care professionals and aestheticians can provide you with recommendations on which products best meet your skin’s individual needs.