Old Man Winter has finally packed his bags, making room for Spring’s glorious sunshine. Reinvigorate your dry, chapped and uneven winter skin tone with five easy fixes that work for all skin types and colors.
After bearing the long winter months of dry air, limited sunshine and frigid temperatures, your skin is in dire need of rehydration. Drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day is an easy remedy to achieve a glowing complexion. When your body is hydrated your skin is the first to show it. Drinking fresh squeezed lemon in your water has the added benefit of purging toxins from your system. This puts your skin on the fast track towards radiance.
Regularly sloughing off the top layer of dead skin helps restore your skin’s natural glow. When exfoliating, use products with gentle formulas. I like St. Ives’ Timeless Skin Apricot Scrub and Olay’s Daily Exfoliating Body Wash with Sea Salts. Too rough an exfoliant can leave skin red and irritated. Avoid over exfoliation by limiting your routine to one or two days per week.
After removing layers of dead winter waste from your skin, you must reintroduce moisture to its surface. Use oil and fragrance free products like Simple’s sensitive skin product line. Their formula eliminates common irritants that can lead to uneven skin tone. For the body, use gentle and rich moisturizers like Mary Kay’s Hydrating Lotion.
When the sun finally emerges from its winter hibernation, basking in its rays is a must. Before heading outdoors, protect your skin. This is necessary for people with both darker and fairer skin tones. I use the Sublime Sun Skincare line by L’Oreal to protect my face and body. A few days of protected sun exposure brilliantly evens skin tone.
The perfect foundation evens skin tone, and protects your face from airborne toxins like smog and carcinogens. Foundation creates a barrier between these unwanted intruders. For warmer months, choose tinted moisturizers or foundations with lightweight formulas. Adding Lancome’s Translucence pressed powder sets the foundation.
For those with seasonal allergies, springtime heightens the probability of puffy eyes and blotchy skin. Boost your immune system with prescription or OTC medications that list antihistamines as an active ingredient. When you feel good, your skin will thank you by looking its best.