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Skincare and protection are topics of great interest and we need to pay more attention on how to nurture our skin properly.
Ever since I started my blog, I put a great deal of time to share my tips and advice about skincare.
Skin is the most fragile and the most powerful organ in our body and that is why it is the most challenging and demanding when it comes to protection and maintaining its health.
The biggest challenges for us come with different seasons. Every season has its own rules, but certainly is seems that there is nothing more damaging that the hard winter that can easily wreak havoc on our skin – leaving it dry and dull.
But our problems are not solved with winter coming to an end.
With spring around the corner, our skin needs to prepare for the new season. Often, if we are not mindful enough, the transition period can be the hardest and bring the most damaging effect.
I want to dive deeper and give you important information not only about skincare but also what I believe we need to take into account if we want to prepare our skin for spring. I want to emphasize what common mistakes related to skincare we often do, what causes skin problems in spring, and how nutrition and natural cosmetics can be our allies.
It’s time I share with you a quick guide for preparing your skin for spring.
What Skin Care Routine Actually Works?
Let’s start with the important question: Why can we not keep up with a good daily skin regimen?
Where do we begin?
The truth is that we are constantly bombed with information about different rules and routines, and products that will give us the complexion we dream.
Should we exfoliate daily or not?
Should we use the products from the same brand?
Can we combine cosmetic products with homemade creams and scrubs?
Dermatologists advise us differently and brands can point us in the wrong direction, easily. Who should we trust? Fear not, because you can only trust yourself and your skin.
Remember: There’s not the best practice, only the best practice that works for your skin.
When we talk about the daily regimen, we usually talk about the basic five steps that are the foundation of a good skincare routine:
Our skin collects dirt, oil and sweat throughout the day (and night). Cleansing the skin properly you can remove these pollutants.
You need to tone your skin to remove any residue left behind, such as makeup or oils. Toning adds an additional cleansing benefit and will prepare the skin to absorb moisturizer properly.
You need to moisturize your skin and to keep it hydrated.
Millions of skin cells create build up on the surface of our skin, which is accumulated in our pores. Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells.
Regardless of the season, we need to protect our skin from damaging UV rays.
This is the perfectly good routine you can start with.
But the common mistake is to start a routine without knowing your skin type.
This might sound like something everyone knows, but the opposite can be true. While you can easily identify certain types of skin, with some types you can have doubts.
Here’s a brief explanation about criteria that can help you to determine your skin sensitiveness.
Oily skin: This is the riskiest type of skin. Blemishes, acne, blackhead and other impurities can frequently appear on oily skins. You can easily identify oily skin – touch your skin with hands, and if your hands are wet, your skin is oily. Also, if your skin is shiny, it’s other criteria for oily skin.
Normal skin: Many people have normal skin. If your skin is smooth, not much oily or dry, and you can see small pores, you have normal skin. Also, normal skin has much fewer impurities and blemishes.
Sensitive skin: If your skin feels irritation with weather changes, and burns easily, you have sensitive skin. The problem with sensitive skin is that, depending on the weather, it acts differently, so you can easily mistake it for normal skin. Sensitive skin reacts differently to cosmetics, and this can be confusing and misleading, as well.
Dry skin: Flaky, chapped or scale tones on your face are indicators of dry skin. Warm weather or dehydration commonly causes dry skin.
Combination skin: This is the most common type of skin – a mixture of features of all skin types. Your skin can be normal, dry or oily sometimes and depending on various factors and the weather condition.
If you are not certain, consult with experts who can help or use The Fitzpatrick Skin Type test to try to determine if in doubt.
Once you determine your skin type, you can determine what cosmetics you need to use. Often homemade cosmetics are better, firstly, because as you make it yourself (usually) and you know what natural ingredients you are using.
Hidden chemicals in products can lead to damages in the long run, even though they can improve and help your skin once you start using them. Be careful with the cosmetics you use, and always read labels.
The most common skincare mistakes
Keeping up with daily skincare routine is a question of developing a healthy habit. But, sometimes, it’s hard to find time or energy; most times, we are the only culprits because we keep repeating the same mistakes.
Read more about the most common skincare mistakes that prevent us from keeping our skin healthy.
Now let’s talk about how you can prepare your skin for spring.
Yes, our skin can be mainly dry in winter because of the cold wind and poor nutrition. However, warmer weather does not mean we should stop weekly hydration. With the first signs of warm weather, many people tend to become reckless and drink more sugary drinks that do not keep hydrate our body but only provide a temporary unhealthy boost of energy.
To avoid getting in a trap, there are several things to bare in mind:
- Our body adapts to every season, and it does so naturally. But if you are not listening to your body, you will not see the warning signs.
- Warmer weather brings new eating habits. Spring season brings new flavors, fresh fruit and veggies, thus we should also change our diets.
- With the first sun, we tend to spend more time outdoors. We move more and burn more energy. This means we are also sweating more, and thus – we need more water.
The new season can have a devastating impact on our bodies, not just our skin. The first signs of trouble we can see on our skin.
What causes dehydration?
What happens to our bodies when we dehydrate? Who is at risk?
It’s always important to talk about hydration. Whether the temperature drops below zero or you are enjoying the spring sun, getting enough to drink is critical. Our body depends on water to survive. Our organism needs water to function properly. And finally, our skin needs water to stay healthy.
Our body loses water every day. And when the temperature is rising, we need even more water to keep all functions in the body at the optimum level. But, we tend to neglect our body. Some forget to drink water, and others simply do not drink enough. Moreover, some people are at higher risk of dehydration.
You need to have answers to this question. Read all about it and find out how to keep your body hydrated.
Change your diet
Food feeds your skin with beneficial nutrients and keeps it healthy, the same way water does. It’s better to get the necessary vitamins and minerals from food than from cosmetic products.
The low vitamin D levels and lack of sunlight in winter impact on your organism, thus on your diet choices. Luckily, spring brings the nutrient-packed food, so it’s time to turn away from wintery stews and turn to real, seasonal food.
So, with the first warmer days, you need to be mindful about your diet.
Think about baby greens, asparagus, peas, fresh herbs, radishes, and spring onions, for instance. This food can energize not only your body but provide necessary vitamins for your skin.
Forget about frozen and canned food and focus on fresh produce. Why? You need two important vitamins the most: vitamin E and C. These antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals, making it more resistant to infections and inflammation. Vitamin E can brighten dull skin and help the body produce more collagen, keeping the skin elastic and youthful.
Forget about processed, packed food, sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners, sugary and salty snacks and low-fat junk. Cold weather and dull atmosphere are no longer your allies and you do not have an excuse.
Replace snacks with nuts, seeds and fresh fruit. Enjoy in salads.
Remember what 10 healthy snacks you need to include in your diet because this is the foods that feed your skin from the inside.
Try natural cosmetics
Artificial ingredients present in skincare products can create build-ups in the body. Although you can see a temporary positive effect on your skin when you use it, you can also experience negative long term effects. And you should know how to avoid this situation.
Chemicals can be easily absorbed into the skin because as much as our skin acts as a barrier, it also acts like a sponge.
Just think about how many skincare products you use daily – perhaps even 10 different products. Now think about how much chemicals your skin absorbs. Yes, it’s frightening.
The good news is that you can easily nourish your skin with natural products you can make yourself. The fact is that simple and inexpensive options will work better for your skin – you just need to know where to start and how.
10 Essential Oils for Skincare
To use essential oils for your skin, you need to learn the specific properties of certain oils.
To find the best oils, look for the essential oils that work best for your skin type. Once you discover which oils work best for you, use it to make toners, creams, scrubs, body butter and more.
There are many essential oils, but these 10 oils are the most common ones that is usually used in making natural cosmetics. Read more about their usage and characteristics.
Natural treatments for skin to slow down aging
The most common challenge for many of us is keeping the skin healthy and slowing down the aging process.
As we all know, aging is a natural process, but we can slow it down and keep our skin elastic and youthful, and above all – healthy.
Herbal remedies can deal with almost every skin problem, and they have been used in treatments for centuries. Thus, besides protecting and making the skin stronger and resistant to infections, natural cosmetics also restore the skin glow and elasticity.
Your next mission is to learn more about the best natural treatments for skin and to learn how to protect your skin naturally.
Another important thing you need to understand what is causing premature skin aging and to see the signs.
From developing healthy eating habits and keeping up with healthy diets to sleeping regularly and avoiding stress – there are many ways you can slow down the aging process.
Read this article to learn 22 ways you can keep your skin youthful and nurtured.
Remember: honey is the best natural remedy, so better learn how to use it.
Be serious about skin protection
Although you might think that warmer spring days cannot harm your skin while you daydream in the park – the opposite is true. When the spring arrives, it’s time to revive your dull skin, but as much as you need to feed your skin with vitamin D, you also need to protect your skin.
Applying sun creams when spending time outdoors is mandatory. This way, you will not suffer the effects of UV rays and you will tan easily.
To understand why you need to both spend time on a spring sun and protect your skin with sun creams, you should learn what is the connection between the sun and vitamin D, what causes vitamin D deficiency and how you can get enough vitamins from the sun.
Do you want to share your experience?
Tell us how you protect and prepare your skin for spring in the comments.
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Last article update: 3/8/2019