As the days grow longer, the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, you know that spring has well and truly sprung. Spring is also a time of physical renewal and rebirth, as your skin emerges from its winter cocoon. After long months of bitter cold outside and stifling indoor heat, it’s time to wake your skin from winter hibernation. By following this simple skincare routine, you’ll can enjoy that radiant glow that only springtime can bring.
#1 Exfoliation is key
To transition from winter to spring, the first step is removing that lingering layer of dry, flaky skin. So, try to incorporate some gentle exfoliation into your nightly routine. Using a natural exfoliating scrub will remove dead skin cells which have built up over the cooler months.
For glowing, radiant skin, make exfoliation part of your daily routine. The easiest (and most relaxing) way to do this is slipping into a hot bath, and exfoliating your skin with a strong, yet gentle organic scrub. Keep your skin healthy all spring by targeting areas prone to rough patches. Some of the most sensitive areas are your elbows, knees, back, hands and feet.
#2 Keep your skin cleansed
The harsh winter weather can leave your skin feeling dry and splotchy. That’s why spring is the ideal time to reintroduce natural cleansers into your skincare routine. A natural skin cleanser helps you to remove all grime, dirt and pollutants with ease. Using a deep cleaning cleanser will leave your skin feeling fresh, clean and youthful.
An organic skin cleanser will also help allergy sufferers get through spring. Constant watery eyes, sneezing and congestion can leave your skin feeling red, puffy and run-down. A daily cleanse will wash away impurities and reduce redness and irritation. To ensure all dirt and toxins are purged from your skin, select a cleanser containing a gentle exfoliant.
#3 Apply daily SPF
Most of us associate sunscreen with hot, sunny summer days at the beach. It’s important to remember, though, that the sun is just as damaging on cloudy or overcast days. The best way to protect your fragile skin is wearing sunscreen regularly. For maximum protection, choose a lightweight sunscreen with an SPF rating of 70 or more. Remember to apply it to all exposed skin (i.e. face, neck, arms, legs, chest, etc.) for total coverage. To save time (and money) in your morning routine, many moisturisers and makeup products contain broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
#4 Remember to moisturise
During winter, many of us tend to lather heavy moisturiser from head to toe. However, as spring arrives, humidity increases and the days get hotter, lathering a heavy moisturiser in this weather can leave your skin feeling dirty and greasy. For spring, opt for a light moisturiser to keep your skin healthy, without weighing it down. A lightweight moisturiser like the Natralus Superfood Body Lotion is the perfect way to safeguard your skin against Australia's harsh conditions. Your skin will receive much-needed moisture, without the excess oil and heavy feel.
#5 Treat oily skin
Springtime brings warmer, sunny days, and with it, higher humidity. For people with oily skin, heat and sunny days can often be associated with sweaty, oily skin. However, contrary to popular belief, oily skin is often a sign of dehydration, which is why we recommend making moisturising a part of your daily routine - especially when the sun starts to come out. A natural moisturiser will keep your skin looking healthy, glowy and beautiful without all the extra oil.
#6 Clean out the makeup bag
Spring is synonymous with spring cleaning. While you’re cleaning out your cupboards and closet, remember to clear out your cosmetics. Old makeup brushes and sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria, and every time you use them, you're spreading germs over your face. But you don’t have to ditch them and buy new ones. Simply let the brushes and sponges soak in a natural cleanser, and dry them out for at least 24 hours.
#7 Stay hydrated
Almost every diet and natural skincare routine have something in common: they all recommend you drink more water. There’s a good reason for this. Hydration is the secret to ensuring your body functions at an optimal level. Not only that, but water does wonders for your skin. Increasing your water intake will improve your complexion, promote healing, can reduce acne and tighten skin.
#8 Snack smart
There is more to staying hydrated than simply drinking water. Consuming foods that contain plenty of water is a fantastic way to increase your fluid intake. Consuming more water throughout the day is as simple as keeping plenty of fruit and vegetables on hand. Packed with nourishing water, vitamins and minerals, fruit and vegetables are the ultimate superfood.