The extremely dry, cold air outside and the warm, dry heat inside can wreak havoc on your skin during the winter months. But come spring, the dramatic changes that occur with temperature, sun exposure, and humidity levels can also cause irritations, breakouts and other aggravating problems with your skin. That’s why switching up your skincare routine for each season is a must. Keep reading to learn more about the ways spring affects your skin and how to care for it properly.
Increased Exposure to UV Rays
With the warm breeze, glowing sunrays and fresh air, how can you not want to spend more time outdoors? After the long, harsh winter months, that’s usually all Canadians can think about! But getting outdoors more often also means you’ll be increasing your exposure to the sun and harmful UV rays. So remember to always apply sunscreen any time of the year, but especially when heading out on those sunny days.
Sweating And Breakouts
With the brighter, longer days and beautiful weather upon us, it’s the perfect time of year to take advantage of the pleasant weather and get in some more exercise. Whether you’re a runner, play on a team, or prefer to head to the gym, being more active means your skin will be more prone to sweating and breakouts. That’s why it’s essential to ensure you always wash your face twice per day, even if you’re not active every day. Even going for a brisk walk can be enough to clog your pores and cause breakouts without proper cleansing. So be sure to always wash your skin thoroughly each day, especially after being active.
Prone to Irritation
Of course, with all of the trees, flowers, grass, and vegetation in bloom, this time of year can be harsh to endure for those who suffer from allergies. Having itchy, swollen eyes, or a runny, watery nose can force your hands to come in contact with your skin all too frequently. And when that happens, dirt and bacteria can easily transfer from your hands onto your skin. This can also end up clogging your pores, leading to breakouts, and can even cause fine lines and wrinkles to develop from constantly rubbing your eyes. Pay a visit to your doctor to determine the best ways stave off allergies and protect your skin at the same time.
Increases Oil Production
The combination of increased humidity in the air, along with being more active and prone to sweating, can also increase your skin’s natural oil production. That’s why we always recommend switching out your heavy, winter moisturizers for something lighter that won’t exacerbate this problem and cause breakouts to occur. Stick to lighter creams and serums during the spring to keep your skin looking supple and firm without clogging it or weighing it down with more oil.
How To Care For Your Skin
Now that you know about all of the different ways that the spring can affect your skin, you’re probably wondering what the best course of action is for taking good care of it. Here’s are some key steps to follow:
Exfoliate Away The Winter Layers
To help your skin recover after the winter, you should always start by exfoliating your skin no more than twice per week. This should be done throughout the year, but especially after the winter to remove any build up of dry, dead skin cells that linger on the surface of your skin. Use a gentle, natural exfoliating product that’s free of harsh, harmful ingredients since these can end up drying out the skin. A chemical peel is also a very effective treatment option that can leave your skin polished, refresh and ready for the spring and summer.
Always Wear SPF
Even if you dislike the idea of slathering on sunscreen, at least use a moisturizer that contains factor 30 SPF. Your face gets exposed to UV rays just about every day, and shielding it is essential to stave off premature ageing and skin cancer.
Schedule A Checkup With Your Dermatologist
The springtime is an ideal time of year to pay a visit to your dermatologist. This is especially true if you happen to suffer from any skin conditions, such as rosacea or acne since the seasonal change can cause flare-ups. Your skincare specialist can recommend suitable treatments or adjustments to your skincare routine to help your skin stay clear and even during this time of year.
Swap Out Your Makeup
If you wear makeup, this can be a major contributing factor to breakouts as well, especially if your products are old and outdated. Always check the expiration dates and replace items after a few years. Also, don’t forget to swap out your heavy foundations for lighter products during the spring and summer months.
Give your skin the care it deserves with professional treatments that can help nourish and revive it. Get in touch with The Ottawa Skin Clinic today to book an appointment or consultation with one of our skincare experts.