Winter is such a tough culprit on our skin. From the cracks and flakes to the itchy dryness, it’s hard to transition into these next few months of sunshine. I experienced this for myself this past weekend in Miami. My skin has been so used to the blistering cold that the second I stepped out into the sun I could feel my skin burning. Wearing SPF will help to protect us from those rays, but achieving that soft and dewy springtime skin is also a key goal here. Below are a few tricks that I have been using to help ease my skin into springtime weather!
Wear Less Makeup
That’s right… just wash it off. Your skin will love you for it.
We naturally sweat more in the springtime than in the winter. When we sweat, our pores open up, making it easy for the makeup to clog them and cause blackheads. Try wearing as little makeup as you can. A good option is to trade in heavy foundation for a tinted moisturizer – I swear by this stuff. It helps keep your face moisturized while giving light, but good, coverage – and the tint gives off a natural sun-kissed glow!
Try A Brightening Mask
Try adding in a brightening mask to your normal nighttime routine. Brightening masks stimulate circulation in the skin, which results in your face giving off that warm, rosy glow. Vitamin C is proven to brighten skin, so I’ve been using a simple mask that combines natural orange juice and baking soda. I must admit that when I heard about this combo, I was a little skeptical. After reading reviews and trying it out for myself, it has quickly become one of my favorites. Add 1 tbsp orange juice to 1 tbsp baking soda and mix into a paste (add more baking soda if the mask needs to be thickened). Apply a thin layer on your face and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse! If you want extra exfoliation, you can massage the mask into your face before rinsing off.
Drink water… and lots of it, because your skin needs it. Not only will drinking water help to keep hydrated inside, it helps your skin stay naturally moisturized and hydrated as well. If you don’t put enough H2O into your body, the result is dry and chapped skin. For me, this is something I need to get better at. A trick I’ve found that helps me take down more is to put the slightest bit of flavor into my water. Even if it’s just some lemon, the citrus adds in flavor and is a natural immunity booster. I’ve found drinking a warm cup of lemon water right before bed to be incredibly relaxing.
Add In Some Steam
You know when you make pasta, and you drain the noodles, and there’s a cloud of steam you always try to avoid? Well next time, don’t avoid it. You can easily create a steam facial for yourself right in your very own kitchen. Steaming helps toxins exit the body and soften your face. All you need is a stove, a pot, some water, and a towel. Bring a pot of water to a boil, then remove and place in a comfortable area where you can kneel over it. Put the towel over your head, then place your face 5-10 inches away from the steam, being careful not to get too close to save yourself from burns. I normally do 2 minute steaming sessions, then repeat if I feel it’s needed. Steaming is a great way to prep you skin before applying any masks as well! See our post on 3 Homemade Herbal & Floral Steam Facials for some inspiration to get creative with it.
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