If you are anything like me, you are probably WAY over Winter at this point. I’ve had just about enough of this unpredictable weather, and my skin has really taken a beating with the constant fluctuations in temperature. To quote just about every person I met when I moved to Louisville, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes and it’ll change.” They weren’t lying to me! One minute I’m getting toasty by the fire, and the next, I’m opening up the windows singing the praises of the Spring.
Ahhhhh, Spring, glorious Spring. Allergies or not, I still love this season (almost as much as Fall). As February drags on, I realize that we are under the 30-day mark until the first day of Spring! That means I should start thinking about slowly transitioning my skin care routine from Winter to Spring! Don’t give me the side eye… skin care routines can (and should) transition with the seasons. Stay with me here, and I’ll explain the first 3 things I focus on as Spring inches closer.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! All Winter long, my poor skin has been bombarded with lotions, oils, and moisturizing face masks. I love a good face mask, but sometimes a gentle exfoliation makes all the difference in the world. Over time, your skin loses millions of dead cells, and it’s replaced by new skin underneath. We tend to slather on lotions and moisturizers in the Winter without properly taking care to exfoliate and remove the dead skin cells first. Now is your chance! I typically choose a gentle exfoliator (meaning something that doesn’t have an extreme roughness to it, as those can cause more harm than good). Once a week, remove your make-up and gently exfoliate your skin in a circular motion. I usually exfoliate in the shower before bed. Exfoliation shouldn’t be in your daily routine, but do it once a week and you will be surprised at how much better your skin looks and feels.
Toss those heavy moisturizers to the side and instead reach for a lightweight moisturizer. With the warming temperatures in the Spring (ooooh, I can hardly wait) your skin will begin to hold more moisture than it has over the Winter. This means you don’t need to focus on fighting the dry skin as much as you have these last few months. I recommend switching to something like a B.B. Cream or Tinted Moisturizer in the mornings and a lighter, water-based moisturizer at night. Do it, I dare you!
Invest in a decent eye cream for Spring. When I start thinking about the coming season, the first thing that pops into my head is the sun, warmth, and flowers. With the much-anticipated blossoming of flowers comes the inevitable puffing up of the eyes. Now is the time to start thinking about re-introducing a good skin-brightening eye cream. As an added bonus, I keep a spoon in the refrigerator and use it to reduce morning puffiness before applying my eye make-up. Not only does it feel wonderful on your eyes, but the cold helps calm my eye irritation. It’s a simple thing that makes the biggest difference in how my eye make-up application goes in the morning.
Skin care routines are personal. What works for me may not work for you, but give these 3 routines a try, and you might just find a new way of welcoming this season! Take care of your skin, and I guarantee it will take care of you!
Share some of your favorite skin care products for Spring in the comments below! And as always, don’t forget to hydrate and wear sunscreen year-round!
Cheers to the Journey,