Spring means more than just marveling at sunshine and flowers. It’s also a time of major transition for your skin. Changes in both your routine and the climate can lead to all kinds of skin issues cropping up. Below, are a few of the most common problems, and how to face them head-on.
- Skin irritation due to swift weather changes.
Spring is famous for its volatile weather. You might be enjoying the heat and sunshine one minute, and shivering in a cold and cloudy rainstorm the next. This can lead to dry faces, hands, knees, or elbows. You may also experience signs of irritation and inflammation, like redness or acne.
Replace your thick winter moisturizer with a more lightweight formula so your skin is better equipped to handle humidity and not feel bogged down. If you’re experiencing red spots, use gentle cleansers and serums to reduce irritation.
- Pollution, exhaust, and dirt.
The world outside your door can be pretty darn dirty. Pollution and exhaust fumes fill the air. Because you’re spending more time outside in the spring than you did in the winter, all those irritants may come as a shock to your skin. Pollution may cause your skin’s natural barrier to become weaker over time. It can also lead to sensitivity, signs of aging, and blemishes.
Wash your face with a cleanser each morning (and evening to be sure the pollutants don’t come with you to bed at night). You’ll also want to consider adding a product with antioxidants into your skin care regimen, as they can help to fight off free-radicals like pollution.
- Puffy or dry skin thanks to seasonal allergies.
Spring is rife with allergens. Anyone with seasonal allergies knows the frustration of spending a day with watery eyes, a runny nose, and puffy skin. You might experience mild swelling near your eyes or on your cheeks, or dry patches around your nose.
First off, be sure that you’re taking allergy medication that works well for your health needs. You may need to take something every morning in the spring, or you might just have the medicine on hand for days when you wake up with the sniffles. Either way, visit your doctor so you’ll know in advance which medications work best for you so you have them at the ready.
Next, you’ll want to be sure your moisturizer is top-notch to help offset any dryness. You might also want to stock up on a heavy-duty moisturizing spot cream to apply just to the driest areas of your face in addition to your regular moisturizer. For puffiness, employ an anti-puff eye gel and a steel ball roller. The gel’s essential oil blend will soothe puffy eyes, and the steel ball roller’s cooling sensation will reduce puffiness, stimulate circulation, and feel a lot like a massage.
- UV damage.
The return of sunny weather is undoubtedly one of the best parts of the transition from winter to spring. After so many months of cloudy skies, it’s natural to feel eager to get out into the sunshine and spend as much time outdoors as possible. That said, the sudden sun exposure may come as a shock to your skin after so many months of layered sweaters and hibernating indoors.
The sun is always a risk to your skin, but you might find that your skin is extra sensitive to its rays during this time of year. In the spring, the sun can appear out of nowhere from the clouds in the middle of the day, whereas in the summer it shines all day long. Because of this, spring sun can actually be more of a risk to your skin and can catch you off guard. You may find that certain parts of your face, like your nose and forehead, are especially susceptible to sun irritation or sunburn.
Be sure to wear sunscreen on your face every day. This is also important in the winter, even if it seems like the sun isn’t shining. When spring arrives, you might want to apply a lighter sunscreen that markets itself as sport-friendly. This way, you won’t feel weighed down, and the sunscreen is more likely to hold up through sweating, brisk walks, or anything else you face during a busy day outdoors.
Also consider adding extra care into your use of skin care products that make your skin more sensitive to sun. If you regularly apply products that contain retinol or similar ingredients, make sure you apply them at night. In the morning, take extra care to apply sunscreen, reapply throughout the day, and wear a hat to shade your skin from the sun.