1. Always moisturize!
After a long, dry winter you need to rebuild your skin and replenish the moisture that was lost. Be sure to switch out your heavy moisturizer to a lighter version that will allow for your skin to breathe.
When buying a moisturizer, keep an eye out for products that double as a moisturizer and a skin protectant. Ingredients like alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids help to replenish any dry skin and found in products claiming to reduce wrinkles or the signs of aging, and improve the overall look and feel of the skin. Make sure to purchase a moisturizer with glycolic acid in it that will remove dead skin cells. Also, you will have the choice of choosing an oil or lotion. Oils tend to last longer and work well, but you have to make sure it will go well with your skin type.
2. This 4-in-one facial/body oil infused with botanicals and pure essential oils from No Tox Life will leave your skin a soft subtle shine and leave you moisturized.
3. Andalou Naturals makes a BB cream that is an All-In-One . Something like this is perfect because it is a tinted moisturizer, but also has SPF in it!
Try a tinted moisturizer, like the one above, if you're looking to add some color to your complexion. Tinted moisturizers, BB creams, and CC creams work great to provide moisture, SPF, and a light coverage that will be perfect for spring. When shopping, look around for products that say non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic to make sure it won't clog your pores.
2. Make sure to exfoliate!
Although it is especially important when transitioning from winter to spring, you really should exfoliate your face and body year round because it helps to rid your skin of any dry or rough layers. Be careful to only exfoliate once or twice a week, so you don't over do it and cause irritation or inflammation. When shopping around for the best scrub, avoid walnut shells or apricot pits, which are rougher exfoliants and can therefore irritate or tear the skin. Instead look for ingredients like brown sugar, or scrubs that contain beta hydroxy acids.
Two must have scrubs are: 1. Detox Body Scrub - Tea Tree + Grapefruit, by Palermo Body
2. Rosewood & Grapefruit Sea Salt Scrub
, by Oxalis Apothecary
Both of these scrubs work well to detox and rejuvenate your skin. Both companies also have scrubs in other scents, so pick whatever one you like best!
3. Use SPF!
Believe it or not, SPF is recommended year-round. Make sure you have SPF not only in your moisturizer, but also in your lip balm. Your lips are very likely to burn because they don't contain the sun protective pigments found in the rest of your body. Any lip balm with SPF can help reduce the risk of sunburn, but products may provide sun protection in different ways.
The Sun Protection Factor rating number on any SPF product tells you how much of the UVB rays it can block or absorb. An SPF 15 product filters about 93 percent of UVB while an SPF 30 product protects against about 97 percent of UVB. The higher the SPF number, the more that is blocked by the formula. To ensure that you get the most out of your lip balm, apply it around 30 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply the formula any time that you drink, eat, wipe your mouth, swim or sweat profusely. Reapply your lip balm a minimum of once every 2 hours to maintain the sun protection.
When using SPF for the rest of your body, be sure to wear SPF 30 or higher and make sure to apply it around 15 minutes before going outside and keep reapplying it every two hours or if you get wet. It is also crucial to know which works for your face and which works for the rest of your body without causing irritation.
Some good SPF products are: 1. Hurraw's SPF 15 Sun Balm
, which will leave your lips sun burn free! 2. Yes to Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15
is great to reduce the risk of sunburn.
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