With the first signs of the spring season on the way, temperature and humidity levels start to rise, you might need to lay off that rich winter moisturizer. Our skin is exposed to less cold, dry air as the seasons change from winter to spring. With an increase in moisture levels in the air, warmer temperatures, and more sunshine, it’s no wonder why the spring season is a breath of fresh air. With more humidity in the air, your skin can experience sudden changes such as acne breakouts, sunburn, increase sebum, rashes, and allergies.
It’s time to reevaluate your skincare game to work with the weather shift. The warmer months call for minor regiment tweaks that will get your skin glow-worthy for spring.
More Sweating, More Breakouts
More humidity in the air, combined with increased activity and sweating, might cause your skin to produce more natural oil. When the temperature rises, so does the likelihood of acne breakouts and pimples. Spring acne should be a major part of your skincare routine. Not just on your face but all over your body, if you’re prone to sweating chances are you’ll be noticing more breakouts. To combat this, a cleanser with anti-acne ingredients is a crucial aspect to eliminate oils, grime, and debris.
Now that the weather is a bit warmer, it’s time to soak in the sun! The glowing sun will want you to stay outdoors more often and increase your exposure to harsh UV rays. Applying sunscreen especially if you want to head out should be at the top of your skincare routine. No matter what, it’s important to increase your SPF to a factor of 30 or higher if you're exposed to the sun for prolonged periods.
With all the flowers, plants, and trees starting to bloom, allergy sufferers will be having a hard time this season. Itchy, swollen eyes, watery nose, and headaches can force you to touch your face too frequently. If you’re touching your face all the time, dirt and bacteria can transfer from your hands to your face leading to clogged pores, breakouts, and fine lines from rubbing your face often. Keep your hands clean at all times and avoid overly touching your face to prevent any skin issues to develop.
Rough, Dry Skin
After the dry winter season, your body is officially waking up from hibernation. Once Spring arrives, your skin will certainly be drier after spending long periods hidden behind warm socks and sweaters. This means some areas of your skin are dehydrated and is going to be more prone to sensitivity. You might even be seeing rough bumps around your arms, legs, and mid-region. This is the best time to exfoliate your body once a week with a scrub or a loofah. Physical exfoliating will scrub away any dry and dull patches from the surface of your skin to reveal a smoother glow. Follow up with a hydrating moisturizer that will soften and plump your skin.
If your winter skin is looking a little lackluster, increasing cellular turnover with retinol will help your complexion appear fresh and bright. Retinol works best during the spring season since our skin is generally not too dry to handle. The warmer temperatures will allow your skin to bear retinoids or retinol with frequent applications, which only means better results over time. Not to mention benefits such as collagen stimulation and reduced pore size with continued use.
If you love spending time outside, you might just expose yourself to skin rashes or even contact dermatitis with all the excess sweating and heat. With plenty of pollen and irritants in the air the entire season, prevent your skin from developing redness, itchiness, bumps, and blisters with soothing creams and lotions. Keep your skin clean, dry, and free from sweat and dirt build and you’ll be clear all spring!
Spring is the loveliest season that gives a nice break from the cold, frigid winter. If you have skin problems, especially ones that get worse as the seasons change, it's time to rethink your skincare routine to enjoy the most out of warmer months ahead.