The long winter months of cold outside air, and intense dry indoor heat can wreak havoc on your skin. Now that winter is over, expect dramatic changes, not only in the weather, but in your skin.
With warmer weather, more time outdoors, increased sun exposure, and more exercise comes increased sweating, and that means more breakouts and problem skin. Even a brisk walk is enough to produce enough pore-clogging sweat and oil to promote new breakouts and disrupt the skin’s pH balance.
Spring Clean Your Skin
- First, exfoliate once or twice a week to slough away dull winter skin and remove any buildup of dry, dead skin cells. Use a natural exfoliating product – one that’s free of harmful ingredients that can dry out the skin. A gentle chemical peel is an effective treatment option that can leave your skin polished, refresh and ready for the spring and summer.
- Switch out your heavy winter moisturizers and night creams for lighter products that work well with your skin in the warmer weather. Lightweight creams and serums will not promote breakouts, but they will protect the skin’s barrier and keep skin hydrated, soft, and conditioned without weighing it down or clogging pores.
- Stick to your cleansing routine. At a minimum, cleans the skin twice daily to remove all signs of sweat, oil, grime and debris. Then spot-treat any blemishes and finish with a daily moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and balanced.
- During the hot summer months, keep alcohol-free face wipes handy and use them throughout the day to instantly remove sweat and oil from the skin and prevent breakouts – especially after exercising or workouts. This step alone will help keep your skin clear, balanced, and blemish-free.
- Use a clarifying mask once a week to draw out impurities, reduce enlarged pores, tone and refine skin texture.
- Finally, don’t forget the sunscreen!