Spring is upon us as the northern hemisphere begins to see blooming flowers, gentle breezes, and longer days. This season of renewal promises more outdoor activities. However, it also presents a unique set of challenges for our skin, especially those of us with sensitive skin.
Fluctuating weather often leads to dryness, irritation, and sensitivity. How can we bask in the beauty of springtime while giving your skin the tender loving care it deserves? Here's a comprehensive guide to help it remain soft, supple, and radiant skin throughout the next few months.
Humidity: This is your secret weapon for moisturized skin. The transition from the cold, dry winter to the warmer, more humid weather of summer increases the moisture in the air. This helps your skin retain its natural moisture. A humidifier can work wonders in maintaining healthy humidity levels in your home and office, giving your skin a dewy, radiant appearance.
Keep it cozy: Maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature is essential to prevent skin dehydration. Set your thermostat between 68F and 75F to strike the right hydration balance during springtime. Keep your bath and shower temperatures moderate. A hot bath might seem tempting during the chilly mornings of March and April, but it’s better to avoid excessively hot temperatures. Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and irritated. Choose lukewarm water instead.
Moisture magic: Hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils1: it's crucial to lock in moisture after every shower. Apply a hydrating moisturizer before your skin is completely dry which will help counteract the effect of the unpredictable springtime weather. Deluvia Miracle Aloe Cream is a great all-body moisturizer: enriched with Vitamin E and aloe vera, it is formulated with plant extracts, vitamin B5 and natural oils known for their moisturizing benefits.2
For a richer moisturizing cream, you can use our Shea Body Butter: rich with shea butter, coconut, jojoba, and tamanu oil, it will give your skin superior moisture.
An article published in Everyday Health tells us to use jars, not pumps. The cream that comes out of a jar or tube is thicker than the squirt of a pump. Lotions that come out of a pump tend to be thinner and more watery. They evaporate from the skin surface quickly after application and are not moisturizing enough.
Hand it to Spring: Now is a good time to pamper and protect your hands. Your hands are delicate, with thin skin and fewer oil glands than other body parts. Their anatomy makes them more prone to dryness during springtime. A high-quality hand cream will work to lock in moisture and provide essential nourishment. Don't forget to wear gloves on chilly days to shield your hands from the elements and preserve their softness. Keep a travel-size lotion in your purse and take it with you wherever you go.
Quench your skin's thirst: It is vital that you drink enough water throughout the day to maintain healthy, hydrated skin. Water hydrates from the inside out. Drink at least eight glasses daily to flush out toxins. Indulge in hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumbers, and strawberries to help maintain a good moisture balance.
Exfoliate to reveal radiance: As the weather warms up, your skin may produce more oil, a reason for clogged pores and dull appearance. Regular exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells for a brighter, smoother complexion. Choose a gentle exfoliator suitable for your skin type. Avoid over-exfoliating to prevent irritation and sensitivity.
Soothe your sensitive side: The capricious weather of springtime exacerbates sensitive skin issues, resulting in redness, flare-ups, irritation, sometimes even flakiness. If your skin is sensitive, opt for body wash and face wash made with natural ingredients. Steer clear of alcohol-based products, and harsh ingredients that easily trigger sensitivity rashes.
The sun is still out: Sunscreen is an indispensable skincare staple, not just in summer, but also during Spring. Sunscreen provides that extra layer of protection year-round. UVs are known to damage collagen and elastin, causing premature aging of the skin. UVs rays can still cause skin damage even when the weather is overcast. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 15+ every day.
Serum secrets: Add a splash of potency to your skincare routine. Serums are lightweight, fast-absorbing skincare products that deliver powerful ingredients directly to your skin2. Consider incorporating a serum with hyaluronic acid in your springtime skincare routine. This “wonder molecule” can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water3, helping to replenish and retain moisture, reducing dryness and giving your skin a youthful glow.
Listen to your skin: As Spring unfolds, your skin may require a different type of care to address varying weather conditions. Adapt to its needs, observe how it responds to quick changes in temperature and humidity, and adjust your skincare routine accordingly. You may need to switch to a lighter moisturizer or use a different cleanser.
Refresh and rejuvenate: This is an ideal time to pamper yourself with a professional facial treatment. Spas and dermatology clinics offer a range of treatments customized for different skin types and concerns. If your skin is very sensitive, seek treatments specifically designed for its type, such as gentle enzyme peels or calming facials. These can enhance the texture, tone, and overall appearance of your skin.
Antioxidant armor: Antioxidants are essential for safeguarding and defending your skin from environmental stressors like pollution, UVs, and other external factors. They neutralize free radicals and unstable molecules that attack skin cells and contribute to premature aging. Incorporate in your skincare routine products rich in antioxidants like vitamins C and E, green tea extract, or niacinamide to improve the overall health and radiance of your skin and protect it better against environmental stressors4.
Tender care for eyes and lips: The fragile skin around your eyes and lips is particularly susceptible to dryness, irritation, and aging. It’s important to keep these delicate areas well hydrated. Add targeted treatments to your skincare routine. Use a lightweight, hydrating eye cream or serum containing peptides, antioxidants, or hyaluronic acid to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. Choose a nourishing lip balm or treatment containing shea butter, beeswax, or other emollients to lock in moisture and keep these lips soft and smooth.
Lighten up: As temperatures rise, choose lighter makeup formulas to let your skin breathe and feel more comfortable. Opt for more airy makeup formulas such as mineral makeup: these are free of talc and harsh chemicals, like our Demure mineral makeup line. Consider using a tinted moisturizer or loose mineral foundation for coverage; they will keep your skin feeling fresh and light. Choose oil-free or non-comedogenic makeup products to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.
Consistency is key: Consistency is crucial to keep your skin glowing and healthy. Stick to your skincare routine and make any necessary adjustments as the weather fluctuates. Being consistent and catering to the specific needs of your skin helps to ensure that your skin remains in top condition throughout the season.
In addition to using the right products for your skin type, incorporate other strategies into your Spring skincare routine to keep looking healthy and glowing throughout the season. A key to sensitive skin care is to understand how skin sensitivity issues can arise and make adjustments accordingly.
Is Your Skin Sensitive?
Why does your skin get sensitive to touch? Factors like genetics, environmental irritants, or harsh products stripping your skin from its natural barrier can all contribute to this situation. Be aware that some products must be avoided, such as artificial fragrances, harsh chemicals, and abrasive scrubs.
Are Skin Care Ingredients Important?
Stay vigilant about the ingredients used in your skincare products. Some components can exacerbate skin sensitivity. Look for natural and gentle formulas to help maintain the moisture balance of your skin and reduce the potential for irritation. Even natural ingredients can cause reactions in some people. If your skin is extremely sensitive, patch-test new products before incorporating them into your skincare routine.
Unsure about how to care for your skin during Spring? Consult a dermatologist or a skincare professional to receive personalized advice. They can guide you to cleansers and washes adapted to your type and recommend other products matching your specific needs.
Don't forget the importance of self-care in maintaining healthy skin. Prioritizing sleep, managing stress, and staying active can all contribute to giving you a radiant and healthy complexion. By following these comprehensive tips and focusing on the unique needs of your skin, you will enjoy the beauty of Spring while giving the former the tender loving care it deserves.
- Is Water Bad for Your Skin https://www.verywellhealth.com/is-water-good-or-bad-for-dry-skin-1069532
- The Science Behind Moisturizers https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jocd.12490
- Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/dth.15903
- Antioxidants and Your Skin https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/antioxidants-for-skin
- Using Mineral Makeup https://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/1112247/using-mineral-makeup/