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Scrubbing and scouring your bathroom isn’t the only type of spring cleaning you’ll want to do this year. As the weather gets warmer, your skin needs begin to change, so it’s a good idea to take inventory of your skin care products and routine as you go about your spring cleaning. For those with dry skin, now is the time to re-evaluate those thick, heavy winter creams and to increase your sun protection. Check out the three most important things to keep in mind as you transition from winter to spring skin care.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Many people with dry skin are under the assumption that exfoliation is only for those with oily skin, but this is definitely false. In fact, those with dry skin need to exfoliate perhaps more than oily-skinned women because their dry skin builds up dead, flaky skin cells frequently. Exfoliation removes this layer of dead skin cells and encourages cell turnover for less dry and more radiant skin. Additionally, exfoliation helps all of the other products you use, such as serums and moisturizers, penetrate your skin more deeply, so exfoliation is definitely a must for dry skin. What you don’t want to do is use harsh physical exfoliants like apricot kernels as these do damage dry skin. Look for gentle chemical exfoliants like lactic acid, which works by dissolving the bonds that hold dead skin cells together and sloughing them away. Aim to exfoliate at least once a week, but you may find that as the weather warms up you will need to exfoliate two or more times each week.
Obviously, it is important that you keep your dry skin well hydrated, but as you transition into spring, you might want to consider switching to a more lightweight moisturizer. As the weather warms up, many people find that their skin becomes a bit oilier, even dry skin types. Dry skin requires a delicate balance during the transition from winter to spring skin care. If you find that a lightweight moisturizer doesn’t provide quite enough hydration, use your winter one but dilute it a bit by adding a couple of drops of rosewater. This will make your winter creams more suitable for warmer weather when your skin starts to get a bit oily.
Using a sunscreen every single day is something that you should be doing year round, but if you’ve been slacking during the winter months, it’s time to get serious about SPF in spring. The sun is the number one cause of premature signs of aging, and things like fine lines and wrinkles are exaggerated when your skin is dry. If your dry skin is also sensitive, you might want to consider switching from a chemical sunscreen to a physical sunscreen. Physical sunscreen uses titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide as the active ingredients and these tend to be more gentle and less irritating on dry skin.
You don’t have to change every product and every aspect of your skin care routine when winter turns into spring, but there are some important things to consider for dry skin. With just a few tweaks to your winter routine, you will be able to reveal more radiant, hydrated skin.