Is your skin having a difficult time getting back to normal after the long, dry winter? Winter’s harsh temperatures, the dry indoor air, and taking prolonged hot showers to keep warm can all do a number on the health of our skin. It’s easy to forget about the damage done to our skin when it’s covered with layers of warm clothing. But when springtime comes and those layers come off, we are often surprised by how cracked and dry our skin is. So, what is the best way to transition from damaged winter skin to smooth and youthful spring skin? Here are some winter to spring skincare tips!
Change Your Moisturizer
You may think that slathering on a thick moisturizer during the winter will help keep your skin hydrated, and it does! But during the spring, too much moisturizer can block your skin from breathing when the warmer weather arrives. Use a lighter product with SPF 15 or up to protect your skin from the sun and a higher factor of 30 or more depending on your skin tone and the length of time you will be exposed to the sun.
Hydrate Your Body with Water
Hydrating your body will keep your skin supple and smooth as you transition out of winter. Drink lots of water throughout the day and consider having baths instead of showers. With the right bath temperature (not too hot), Epsom salts, and bath oils, you can get rid of dead skin cells and enable your skin to soak up the nutrients from the products. The steam from the bath water will also help to open your pores, removing toxins, and combat dryness. Apply moisturizer to your skin as soon as you get out of the water.
Sun protection is crucial all year long, whenever you go outside. However, since the spring and summer is when people spend more time outdoors, it is even more imperative that you use the right sunscreen. Two conditions that flare up in the spring are acne and rosacea, so if you have skin conditions, the average sunscreen may not work for you. Choose sunscreen that doesn’t clog your skin, and try a product with zinc oxide protectors instead of chemical ones. Mineral sunscreens are key for protecting the skin from the sun by providing a physical barrier.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliating your skin is a great way to remove dry, dead skin cells to brighten your complexion and prevent your pores from clogging. It also helps the products you put on your skin to absorb better. The higher humidity during the warmer season open your pores, making your skincare products and procedures more effective. It is a good idea to go easy on exfoliation during the summer, and do so less often. Avoid products with harsh sand or crystals, which can cause small tears and scratches in your skin. Microdermabrasion is a nice treatment to exfoliate the skin after winter to remove dead cells and impurities.
Use Less Foundation and Moisturizer
As mentioned before, thick moisturizers work well during the winter, and act as a protective layer during the dry seasons. However, as the weather warms up, it’s time to choose lighter products for your skin so it can breathe. Check the product to be sure it is non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). This applies to your foundation and moisturizer. When you apply the moisturizer, choose a product that has built-in SPF. Then, apply your foundation to even out your complexion.
Use a Lip Balm with SPF
There’s a lot of talk about protecting your skin, but an area of the body that is often forgotten is the lip! Your lips also need to be protected from the sun—in fact, many people deal with chapped, sore lips all year long and don’t realize that sun damage is part of the cause! Find a lip balm with SPF and apply it every time you go outside. Be sure to reapply after you drink water or eat a meal.
Visit the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic for All Your Skincare Needs
As you can see, there are many ways to take care of your skin as you transition from winter to spring. Using sunscreen, exfoliating more gently, protecting your lips, and staying hydrated are just some of the changes you can make in your daily routine to improve the quality of your skin and combat dryness. However, sometimes you need a little extra help. That’s where the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic comes in.
At our clinic, you can benefit from high-quality skincare treatments that get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, improve the appearance of skin after acne and acne scars, treat Melasma and other skin conditions, and give you a more youthful and vibrant complexion. We offer variety of skincare treatments including Platelet-rich-plasma treatment (PRP), Infinity RF non-surgical facelift treatment, Spectra Peel treatment, and more. Are you ready to take control of your skincare routine? Do you need extra help to take care of long-term, persistent skin damage? We can help!
If you want to learn more about which procedure is best for you and can get you the best results, contact us at (416) 546-4664, or e-mail us at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca. Book your first consultation today and our skincare specialists will help you make the right decisions about your skin.