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Change up your Skin Care Regime for Spring

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Winter still may feel like it is here, but it will soon pass with a new season to embrace, spring! With the new spring season, it becomes necessary to go through a bit of a beauty overhaul. With the season change includes switching to lighter makeup, hair, and nail colors, but we sometimes neglect our skin. After months of harsh weather, our skin is in dire need of a beauty revamp. The question is: Which products should we be using and which should we be avoiding? Below are a few guidelines on how to change up your skin care for Spring.

Moisturizer: After some very drying weather, we need to rebuild our skin and replenish the moisture that was lost. What exactly do you need to look for in a moisturizer? Keep an eye out for products that double as a moisturizer and a skin protectant. Sunflower oil and vitamin E work as emollients that trapsmoisture inside skin cells, plus they keep the skin hydrated. Look out for alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids, which help replenish dry skin. Another moisturizer must-have is glycolic acid, which works to gently to remove dead skin cells and leave you with glowing skin.

Exfoliate vs. Cleanse: Sometimes we feel like we have to give up one for the other as the season changes, but luckily, that’s not the case. Exfoliating works to help rid your skin of any dry, rough layers left over from the winter. When you’re looking for the best scrub, avoid walnut shells or apricot pits, which are rougher exfoliants and can therefore irritate or tear the skin. Instead look for ingredients like brown sugar, or scrubs that contain beta hydroxy acids. Where exfoliating should really only happen once or twice a week, cleansing should ideally happen twice a day (morning and night). Using a mild, unscented cleanser will help to ensure your skin won’t be irritated.

Don’t Forger The SPF: SPF is a must-have year-round, but now that the weather is warmer, we’ll all likely be outside more and therefore, there’s more of an emphasis on sunscreen. Make sure you know which works for your face and which for the rest of your body, because sometimes the formula for your body can cause the skin on your face to break out. Always keep an eye out for non-chemical sunscreens with ingredients like titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, as these do not react with skin the way more harsh chemicals do.

Spring Skin Care

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Spring Skin Care

Spring is the season of new beginnings, and this is why a lot of people tend to make spring cleaning a great way to start it off. It’s a time of “out with the old and in with the new”. This same thinking should be applied to your spring skin care regimen too. Read the following tips that will leave you looking and feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

Spring Detox and Renew your Skin

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You’ve made it through the winter and cold weather and now spring is approaching and warmer temperatures are on the way. Spring is a time for renewal and what better place to start than your skin, the biggest and best organ of elimination in the body. As the weather changes, so too should your skin care regiment.

1. Detox/Exfoliate

Spring is the perfect time to rejuvenate the dull, dry skin that winter left behind. Gently exfoliate your face two to three times per week to keep dehydration and skin congestion at bay. Together with kidneys, our skin’s sweat glands perform a detoxification function. Any good detox diet should be accompanied by a good regime of skin detoxifying to maximize the secretion of as many toxins as possible. Exfoliating your skin regularly is the best way to maintain your skin’s ability to do this.

2. Stop oil in its tracks

The higher humidity and heat of spring and summer have the potential to cause an increase in oil flow and for some, this may lead to more frequent breakouts. Try using a light gel facial wash or clay based cleanser and move to an oil-free, mattifying lightweight moisturizer with SPF 30+.

3. Prevent Sun Damage

The warmer weather means more time spent outside. While you’re out having fun in the sun, it’s important not to forget about your skin. It’s time to ramp up your sun protection regime to prevent a decrease in skin tone and an increase in discoloration caused by increased exposure to UV rays. To prevent ageing and damaging effects of the sun on your skin, Use SPF 30+ daily and try to choose sunscreens that have titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as active ingredients.

4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

UV rays can dehydrate your skin in the sun while air-conditioning has the same effect when you are trying to stay cool. To combat this make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and adjust your products. Use a hydrating toner, a hydrating cream/gel and try a hydrating gel mask.

5. Invest in regenerating products

With all the sun, sea and sunscreen action that spring brings, your skin can get a little damaged. To keep it smooth and healthy, invest in products which have skin rejuvenating properties and will help correct irregular skin pigmentation, burns and early aging wrinkles. These products will help to regenerate damaged skin tissues and retard the aging process. To help you do all this, look for products containing Trans-Retinoic Acids / Retinol (Vitamin A), Anti-oxidants such as Vitamins C (L-Ascorbic Acid) and E (alpha-Tocopherol), essential fatty acids, and peptides such as Matrixyl.

One interesting class of products that is relatively new to market is products containing “SCA”, a glycoprotein derived from secretion of a snail when the snail is under stress.