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Why Your Skin is So Important

  Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it has many important functions. We could not survive without our skin. Skin protects all of our organs and muscles and provides a covering for our muscles, veins and arteries. The skin guards our bodies from harmful materials, chemicals and viruses and it shields […]

How to Best Care for Your Skin – Hydration

  When you meet people for the first time one of the first things they notice will be your skin. Since your skin covers your whole entire body it is obvious to everyone who comes in contact with you. Your skin is such an important part of your health and well-being that it is vital […]

Dealing with Skin Care Issues for Children

  Being a parent is not for the faint of heart and many parents have a lot of things to worry about in regards to their children and their health. One of the most prevalent concerns parents have are skin issues. There are many different types of skin care issues that children might have to […]

4 Ways to Prepare Your Skin for Spring

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The icy cold and snowy winter might have a fairy tale quality but it can wreak havoc on your delicate skin. From flakes, and painful cracks, to itchy dryness, it takes a wide toll on your skin. However, at the first hints of spring, after eons of blustery, harsh, skin drying winds, your skin is finally ready to re-awaken and revive to its former glory. To revitalize your skin, it is time to vamp up your beauty regimen and slough away those dull, unflattering, winter induced layers to glean a gorgeous spring dewy glow, you had craved for months. Here’s how you can prep your skin to look its best in spring:

1)    Stay Hydrated and Moisturized

Harsh winters, compounded by the lack of sun and low temperatures, must have stripped your skin of its natural suppleness, softness and vitality, and that is what you have to restore. Since your skin doesn’t get ample moisture in winters, especially the exposed skin on your face and hands, it dries out and becomes flaky and chipped. As spring arrives, it is imperative to vamp up your water consumption to make up for lost hydration. By drinking more than 8 glasses of water a day, your body can rid itself of toxins and free radicals and appear healthy and glowing.

It is prudent to apply heavy, oil based moisturizers before stepping outside in winters to protect your skin from harm. However, as the humid and balmy spring is on the horizon, switch your heavy moisturizers for lighter ones, to keep your skin supple without making it look too shiny or oily. The best way to moisturize is to soak in a warm bath, for as long as you can, before generously applying dollops of moisturizer on your skin. The warm water opens up the skin pores and enhances the absorption of moisture by the skin.

If you are hankering for a smooth, silky skin, you can add 2 cups of milk, a few drops of essential oil, and a sprinkling of baking soda to your bathtub. Soak luxuriantly, pat dry with a gentle towel and apply body milk to your skin.

2)    Exfoliate

After months of covering up your skin in hefty layers of sweaters, coats, heavy boots, and socks, your body needs a makeover to prepare for skimpy summer dresses and bathing suits. You need to slough off the layers of dead cells which have accumulated on your body, taking care to scrub the most overlooked parts of your body, such as the elbows, knees, toes, and heels. Too often, what we don’t see we neglect, yet it might need your utmost attention. Aspire to use an exfoliant, which eliminates dry cells, while deeply nourishing and moisturizing your skin, and steer clear of harsh, grainy exfoliants which would aggravate the skin irritation.

Exfoliation promotes a younger and healthier skin and evens out the skin tone. However, if you are averting to splurge on facial crèmes and expensive products, you can concoct your own natural exfoliator in your kitchen. By mixing a tablespoon of granulated sugar to your regular face wash, you not only cleanse your skin, but also gently scrub away the dead cells simultaneously. Repeat the procedure 2-3 times a week to impart a healthy glowing radiance to your face and skin. In addition, you can add granulated sugar and a few drops of lemon to honey, for a face scrub that evens out your skin tone while reviving its lost moisture.

3)    Make Sun Block Your New BFF

Your skin has gone through a lot in winters and it is not in good taste to aggravate it more. After months of hibernation, you finally feel up to stepping outside and soaking in the warm and dazzling rays of sun, restored by spring. However, while your body needs the sun rays to replenish its store of Vitamin D, exposure to the harmful UV rays of sun could develop splotches on your skin, making it appear blotchy and irritated. Sometimes the skin is blemished from inside, and the blemishes don’t appear for years. Learn to keep your sun block handy and slather dollops on your exposed skin to make the most of spring shine! Use sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher and even use cosmetics which have a sun protection essence added.

4)    Change Your Cleansers

The cleansers you used to combat the winter woes are often not the best choice for spring. The cleansing regimen you follow in spring should be directed towards recuperating the vitality of your skin’s epidermis after the harsh days of winter and protecting it against future cold-weather assaults. Skin renovating cosmetics and cleansing milks are the best choice of products for spring and work to add moisture to the skin.

 

Written by Lance W.



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