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  • Regina Thomas

Spring Skincare Routine!

Spring has sprung, at least it's close enough for me! All it takes is a few warm days and moving the clocks forward and I'm ready to ditch the sweaters, fire up the grill, and attempt to grow a garden (I do not have a green thumb!). Along with the change in temperatures, it's time to change up my skincare routine!

Here are a few things to consider as we move into the warmer months:

1. Use a lighter weight moisturizer: I've been using a lot of heavy moisturizers for the dry Colorado winter; lot's of Shea, extra emollients, hydrating everything. But, with warmer weather and more humidity, my skin can get a little oily and I'm more prone to breakouts. During the winter I use Skin Script Cacteen Balancing Moisturizer in the morning and Skin Script Hydrating Moisturizer at night, but I'm switching it up for Spring and Summer and I'll be using Skin Script Ageless Moisturizer in the morning and Skin Script Acai Berry Moisturizer at night. When looking for a lighter moisturizer, look for gel-based formulas and more fluid-like formulas that will feel lighter on your skin.

2. Reconsider your cleanser: Take note of how your skin is feeling and looking as the season is changing. I've been using creamy cleansers and oil-based cleansers for the winter to help with my dry skin, but during Spring and Summer, I like the refreshing feeling of foamy cleansers. Something to consider with foamy cleansers, however, is that oftentimes they can have a lot of exfoliating acids like glycolic and salicylic. It's perfectly fine to use those ingredients if they suit your skin concerns, but for people with sensitive skin, using exfoliating acids daily can be too drying.

3. Step up your SPF: I'm totally guilty of scrimping on sunscreen a little in wintertime, especially on my hands and arms, but as we spend more time outside it is super important to protect our skin. I'm sure it gets old getting harped on about sunscreen, but if aging is a concern for you, don't forget that 70% of aging is caused by sun damage. Also, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every year than all other cancers combined (source). I know that there is a lot of attention on the risks of using sunscreen as well, but those risks are associated with chemical sunscreens, not with mineral or physical sunscreens (source). I urge you to find a mineral sunscreen, there are formulas now that work as makeup setting sprays, so they can be reapplied throughout the day. UV rays can penetrate through most glass and some clothing as well, so be sure not to skip your arms, hands, neck, and feet (flip flop season-hooray!).

4. Exfoliate your body: I'm a big fan of "fake tan," it's come a long way over the years and can look very natural, but having patches of dry skin will draw attention to your faux bronze. Body exfoliant is super easy to make yourself with some good ol' fashioned sugar and almond or coconut oil. There are also bunches of recipes on Pinterest. I also added a Body Polish with Hydrating Wrap to my service menu! Be sure to focus on your ankles, knees, and elbows where you're most likely to get splotchy since rough skin will absorb more tanning product. Be sure not use sugar on your face though, it's too abrasive! Even if you don't use self tanner, it feels great to smooth out your skin and get a fresh start for Spring!

5. Check your expiration dates: If you take a look at your beauty products, they will either have a printed expiration date or a little symbol with 6M, 12M, or 24M printed in it. Those stand for how long, in months, those products will be effective and how long they will go without spoiling. Outside of that time frame, active ingredients won't work as well and it's possible for products to begin to mold or rot. I know it isn't easy to toss products you've spent your hard-earned money on, but if you've had a moisturizer for two years and you haven't used it, did you really enjoy that product anyway? Take your spring cleaning to your beauty products and consider sprucing up your routine with some new ones!

I hope these tips get you excited for the change of seasons! Did I miss anything? What else are you changing in your routine for Spring?



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