Seasons change. People change, and skin also changes from one season to the next. Spring is usually the season people are most thrilled about welcoming because of the harshness and toll the winter months dish out on the skin.
As we transition into this sensational and blossoming season it’s important to prep the skin so that it blooms and glows.
Like spring we want skin that’s bright, hydrated, blooming, glowy and vibrant. Check out these six tips for skin like spring:
The winter months can be brutal on your skin. Exfoliate at least once per week to slough away dead skin cells and keep your pores from clogging with debris, bacteria and dead skin cells. Both the face and rest of the body requires exfoliation to reveal brighter, glowy and dewy skin.
Regardless of the season, an SPF of up to 30 will give you adequate protection from the harmful effects of UV rays. You can also wear a broad brim hat to help protect your face from UV damage, especially if you’re using retinoids and chemical peels with glycolic acid, which tend to attract the sun’s rays. My favorite summer hats are the panama: they offer style and practicality and of course, much needed sun protection.
The harsh winds and cold temperature from the winter months tend to leave the skin dry and parched. Hydrate your skin from the inside by drinking lots of water. The suggested amount is 8 glasses. You can also hydrate your skin from the outside by using an appropriate skin hydrating serum, bath, mist or mask.
Eat well balanced meals that consists of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates. Be sure to include lots of fruits and vegetables of all colors. Your skin is the largest organ of the body and is made up of trillions of cells. Your body needs glucose from the foods you eat, and together with oxygen they go through a process that makes energy within the cells. Once the cell is energized it can work optimally and healthily. And remember, you skin is the largest organ of the body made of Trillions of cells. Healthy cells equal glowing skin.
Move your body in some way at least 3 days out of the week. Get creative with your movements. Slow walking or perhaps using the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Rather than take a taxi or the train or bus closest to your job, walk to a stop or depot that’s farther out. Increased oxygen will nourish, energize and rejuvenate your skin cells, and well oxygenated cells always glow!!
While you’re moving around, the body is utilizing energy. Cell repair and tissue rejuvenation require rest. Try to get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night. While you’re resting your cells will be busy at work removing toxins, cleansing, repairing and restoring.
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, health and wellbeing consultant and Qigong instructor. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo and more. She is the founder of Inside Outer Beauty Market, a multi-cultutal retailer curating and creating products to support the body inside and out. Visit the site at www.iobeautymarket.com