Updated: May 26
Everyone loves the spring, after all, winter is over. And if you're anything like me, you're feeling inspired by the colorful blossoms and warmer afternoons! Along with this new spring in my step, you can probably find me clearing out bathroom shelves of products that overstayed their welcome (and integrity). Is it helpful to know, that in general, unopened skin care can last one to three years? And opened bottles of skin care....well, they should be used as directed within one year.
So, I'm taking advantage of this time to switch up my routine and get ready for Spring Fever, Spring Fling(s) and Spring Break! As the weather gets warmer and the air becomes less dry, here's what we need to know to refresh our skin from head to toe.
1. Reveal healthy-looking skin. Wave good-bye to dry, flaky, winter skin. The epidermis, the outermost layer of our skin, can shed up to a million dead cells every 40 minutes. Slough off last season with a gently-but-effective exfoliator for your face and body. It's best to use small, circular motions when using a facial exfoliator. In seconds, you'll have smoother, more radiant-looking skin with visibly improved tone and texture. Use your favorite exfoliator scrub once or twice a week for best results.
2. Check your hydration levels. Our skin has been secretly giving away it's moisture to the dry winter weather. After exfoliating, go ahead and use your favorite rich cream once more before switching it out for a lighter, non-comedogenic (does not block pores) lotion. Since we tend to perspire more during the warmer months, these formulas will keep skin clear of excess oil and clogged pores. Taking time to find hydrating moisturizers that contain shea butter and coconut oil are a good bet too. I like to reiterate that the single most important factor to dewy, glowing skin is to stay hydrated from the inside out. How do we do that? It's simple: find out your weight then multiply it by 2/3. For example, if you weighed 150 pounds you would need to drink at least 100 ounces of water everyday.
3. Sun protection. Another way to reconnect with our skin is to protect it. UVA/UVB rays can penetrate filters from glass and clouds, so it's always a good idea to lather up. Protecting your arms, neck, chest area and hands is key if you want to avoid visible signs of aging down the road. Most adults need 1 ounce (enough to fill a shot glass) of sunscreen to fully cover their body. The most effective sunscreen has an SPF of 30 to 50, is water resistant, and provides broad spectrum protection (from UVA/UVB rays). I also recommend a lip balm with sunscreen to defend against the aging effects of the sun.
4. Brighten up tired eyes. We've all heard of Spring Fever, Spring Fling(s) and Spring Break! This can lead to outdoor Happy Hours and late evenings, leaving us depleted.
There are all sorts of skin issues that can arise when grass starts to grow flowers begin to bloom (ahem, allergy sufferers!). When environmental allergens are at their peak, it can mean redness and swelling underneath eyes. When you need a quick fix, try this tried and true formula: keep soaked green tea bags in the freezer, then place them on eyes for five minutes while lying on your back. The cold and antioxidants de-puff while we de-stress!
5. Smooth out the appearance of our skin. This is especially true after a season that is synonymous with "cold" and "windy" and "rainy". The last layer of my daily skin care routine is Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid to guard my skin against the environmental bloom-athon of spring, the sun's UV rays and warmer weather's potential for moisture loss. The best part is my skin tone looks even, the formulation does not settle into lines and it's oil free and won't clog pores.
6. Go for the sunless tan. Sporting a tan of any kind is no substitute for sun protection. Years of advertising have conditioned us to equate tan skin with healthy skin, but unless you’re using a sunless tanner, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Sunless tanners tint only the outermost surface of your skin, while suntans and sunburns affect the deepest layer of the epidermis (ouch). In fact, any change in skin color from UV rays equals skin damage. Only products with broad spectrum sunscreen can protect skin from UVA/UVB damage—and each time you head outside without sun protection, you increase your risk of premature skin aging and skin cancer. When it comes to protecting your skin, the safest bet is to skip the sun altogether. Instead, go for an even, natural-looking, sun-kissed glow the healthy way with Foaming Sunless Tan.