Spring is officially in. It’s the season associated with the element wood and it’s a time of birth and new beginnings. That means new beginnings for living things, including us. So think of this as a new beginning for your skin. The winter months were harsh, cold and drying on your skin. It’s time to rejuvenate and renew. Here are some tips to support healthy skin for the sensational spring season.

1. Support Your liver

Spring is the season to support your liver, which is a yin organ. The liver is responsible for detoxifying and if it’s not in optimal health, toxins can be recycled into the blood and end up trying to exit through the skin.

Eat foods that support liver detoxification. Think cruciferous/brassica family of veggies. The liver loves bitter and sour, so amp up your water with some lemon in the early morning before meals or sprinkle a dash of bitters in your healthy smoothies, juices or other drinks.

2. Give your gut goodness

The gut skin axis is real. An unbalanced gut can lead to inflammation, which in turn can contribute to acne. Consume fermented foods that contain probiotics; like yogurt, kimchi, kifer, sauerkraut, pickles, tempur. Also, get in prebiotics, which will feed the probiotics and help them profilerate.

3. Face: cleanse, tone, moisturize, exfoliate and mask.

Environmental toxicants and pollutants adhere to the skin, contributing to congestion. Among other things, cleansing, toning, moisturizing, exfoliating and masking on a regularly and consistently will rid your skin of dirt and debris, restore pH, hydrate and provide nourishment for consistent cell turnover. The results, a healthier glow.

4. Lower body: Exfoliate and moisturize

For the lower portion of the body, exfoliate and moisturize. If you’re not exfoliating your skin, the nutrients in your moisturize will not penetrate the skin cells as they should. So fluff away those dead cells with your preferred exfoliating tool.

Exfoliating tools include dry skin brush, wet skin brush, cotton washcloths, ramie washcloths, sisal washcloths, hemp washcloths, sugar scrub, coffee scrub, salt scrubs. The options are endless. Do this consistently and watch your skin glow.

5. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.

Even if it’s not obvious, your body is constantly losing moisture to the atmosphere, which can lead to dehydration of the cells, and since the cells need water to carry out vital functions, staying hydrated is necessary.

Water helps to nourish and replenish skin cells and tissue, increase skin elasticity, remove toxins from the body,

Do drink as much water as possible. The recommended daily amount is eight glasses. However, if you can’t get to eight glasses, drink what you can, even if it’s one or two glasses.

6. Get your vitamin D

Better known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D plays an integral role in the skin’s health. After all the hibernating and layering in the winter months, be sure to get out into the open sun and soak up the natural sun into your skin cells.

emember, safety is the key when soaking up the sun. If you have very dark skin, 20 to 30 minutes per day of direct sunlight will suffice. If you have medium skin tone, 10 to 15 minutes and if you have very light skin, 5 to 10 minutes will do. The rest of the time outdoors, in the sun you should apply a safe sunscreen.

Be sure to use a quality broad spectrum SPF. I prefer to use mineral when in the sun for long periods. There are also some great brands on the market that are making non-nano zinc and titanium dioxide sunscreen. Do a bit of research and you’ll find the one that’s right for you.

If you’re not getting adequate vitamin D from the sun. Consider a quality, vegan supplement.

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