We are slowly but surely transitioning into spring, and finally, our skin will have a break from the cold winter air. My skin, in particular, has had a dreadful winter, culminating in a diagnosis of perioral dermatitis, which required me to take a 12-week course of antibiotics!
Thankfully, the antibiotics worked and the dreadful rash that had slowly consumed the entire lower part of my face has now disappeared, leaving me thankful that now I just have regular skin issues to contend with. So if like me your skin is in need of some TLC, then here are some things that may help.
Exfoliating is a key step in your skincare routine to buff away dead skin cells and any oil or product buildup. Especially during the winter months, your skin may produce more oil to compensate for the cold and dry winter air and have a hard time re-balancing as the weather changes.
Exfoliating is helpful to remove any buildup of oil, product or dead skin cells, helping to prevent breakouts and to encourage skin turnover. Although there are thousands of exfoliators on the shelves it’s important not to use just any old product on your delicate facial area as these can irritate your skin. For quality and supernatural skincare, check out Blue Lagoon skincare products, especially their lava scrubs, use them once or twice a week and see how your skin appears brighter and your other products apply more evenly.
Bust out your sunscreen
Really we should be applying a level of SPF protection to our skin all year round as although the sun is often weaker in the winter, it doesn’t take a holiday altogether. But being realistic, I know that a lot of people take a break from SPF during the winter months and so now that we are heading into spring it’s time to get the SPF back out of the cupboard.
Switch over to a lighter moisturizer
A lot of people find that their skin suddenly becomes super oily as they transition from winter into summer, and this is because they’re still using a heavy moisturiser. Whereas you may have needed a heavy moisturiser to help protect your skin from the harshness of the winter cold, now as things warm up, your face has fewer elements to contend with and a heavy moisturiser, combined with your own natural skin oils results in clogged and oily skin. Try using a lighter daytime moisturiser (hint – even one with SPF!)
Increase your daily intake of antioxidants
Antioxidants fight free radicals, which contribute to skin ageing by defending the skin against the increasing strength of the sun. You may have been using an antioxidant in your skincare for some time without even knowing it, with Vitamin C now a common ingredient in brightening skin serums and creams. Some of the many benefits of Vitamin C in skincare include: fighting environmental damage, being anti-ageing, boosting hydration, brightening, evening out skin tone and reducing redness. Aside from seeking out products that include Vitamin C you can also help your skin by eating more antioxidants in your diet. Fruits and vegetables are the richest sources of antioxidants, so up your 5 a day to 10 a day and be sure to include a variety of different colours to ensure that you are eating a range of different antioxidants.
Drink plenty of water
We all know that staying hydrated is vital for healthy skin and yet so many of us fail to do so. I for one, know that I can forget to drink and so I endeavour to have a glass of water next to me throughout the day. If you also find that you finish the day with a headache then you too could be dehydrated – try keeping a water bottle on you at all times or if you need a bit of extra help then even consider adding notifications into your phone to remind you throughout the day.
These are just some of the ways in which you can help your skin to recover from the harsh winter months – what other things would you suggest?